As part of our coverage of wider energy and environmental issues, we enclose this news report from Rolls Royce on the new technologies now beginning to be employed in the civil aviation industry:
"As the wider aerospace industry looks beyond the impact of COVID-19 and focuses on net zero carbon ambitions, there are market segments where the potential for growth continues. They require solutions that combine efficiency, good economic performance, environmental responsibility, and social benefits for the wider travelling public – key requirements in a post-COVID world.
Commuter aircraft of up to 19 passenger seats have started their journey towards electric operation. Several hybrid and all-electric concepts, both new designs and retrofit, have been presented by aerospace companies in the last couple of years."
Its future may lie in that gap between short, car-based journeys and long-haul flights, an 'on-demand air taxi service' of distances between 100-400 km.
The full article can be read here with a link to the original beneath it: