Electric aircrafts – The future of aviation
We all want to do our part to make environmentally friendly choices, and businesses are now under more pressure to take drastic steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, both private jets and commercial aircrafts are completely powered by carbon-based fuels right now. However, stricter industry regulations plus a decline in natural resources means alternatives are needed. This is where the electric aircraft comes in. How do electric aircrafts work exactly, and are we likely to see commercial electric flights in our lifetime?
How does an electric aircraft work?
Electric aircrafts are powered by all-electric motors and batteries. This means they use no fuel and release no harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Despite this, the capabilities of electric aircrafts cannot currently meet the requirements of commercial use. So far, electric-powered flights have taken place in small, two-seater planes and have flown non-stop for around 300 miles. With that said, this accomplishment should not be diminished! It was an incredible feat and a first of its kind for the aviation industry, and researchers are hard at work developing the technology necessary for commercial application.
What does the future look like for electric aircrafts?
Better, stronger, more powerful batteries are the key to successful commercial electric aircrafts. Think about how quickly your cell phone battery depletes throughout the day, often requiring you to charge it multiple times, and imagine how powerful a battery would need to be to keep an entire aircraft up in the air.
The public’s perceptions around safety and security of electric aircrafts will also need to be addressed. Similar to how people were skeptical of electric cars when they first came on the market, the thought of hopping on a battery-powered flight might make some people nervous.
Electric aircrafts and Monmouth Airport
While it might be a decade or so until we see an electric commercial flight, it may be sooner for smaller aircrafts like private jets and charter planes. We’ve already seen several smaller electric aircrafts make safe and successful journeys, so for those who want to reduce their environmental footprints without cutting down on air travel and for those who fly frequently, electric aircrafts may be the answer.
At Monmouth Executive Airport we’re following the latest industry developments and are eager to embrace the technology that allows us to offer cleaner, affordable options to flying enthusiasts. For more information about Monmouth Executive Airport, or if you have any questions about custom hangar space or aircraft maintenance, please contact our team today.