We’ve seen automobiles make the switch, locomotives make the switch, and even boats make the switch. But we have yet to see planes make the switch.
Until now, that is.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based Aviat Aircraft has just introduced the first airplane to run on both standard aviation fuel and compressed natural gas (CNG). The test planes are a big leap forward in helping make flying small aircraft less expensive and gentler on the environment. The immediate practical benefit is for those who are learning to fly, explains Greg Herrick, an aircraft owner who spearheaded the idea to convert an airplane to CNG. “One aspect we’re particularly excited about is the opportunity to dramatically reduce the cost of learning to fly,” he says. “If a flight school installs a simple CNG refueling station they can cut the cost for the student’s fuel, perhaps by thousands of dollars.”
A barrier the aviation industry does face right now is the fact that there are few refilling stations to accommodate the switch right now. But is a more robust infrastructure that supports CNG in aviation something that we should be considering? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/07/cng airplane/?mbid=social10343494