Electric plane from Eviation in hanger
Electric plane calls for funding to hit maximum altitude

Israeli developer Eviation seeks $200m to pay for manufacturing processes

Solar-power plane stays up in the air for record 26 days

Airbus’ unmanned aircraft weighs only 75 kilograms and flies at an altitude of 70,000 feet

Finland flies towards low carbon aviation with first electric plane

The country’s aviation body hopes the aircraft will clean up airborne pollution and slash fuel costs

Rolls-Royce unveils airborne electric taxi

The concept vehicle uses turbines to turn gas into electricity, which is used to power six engines

Plane engines helping global warming take off, finds US govt

Greenhouse gas emissions from commercial jet engines are significantly contributing to climate change. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed large commercial jet engines on aircraft damage the environment, climate and health of the public. It anticipates the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will formally adopt the emisisons reduction standards, agreed earlier this year, in March 2017. […]

Facebook’s solar-powered plane completes first flight

Facebook’s first solar-powered plane that will beam internet to remote parts of the world has successfully finished its first test flight. Owner of the social network Mark Zuckerberg yesterday announced the internet drone completed its first flight on 28th June. The Aquila drone flew for 96 minutes but was initially expected to fly only for […]

Solar plane sets off on Atlantic crossing

A plane powered by solar energy has set off on its Atlantic journey. Solar Impulse 2 took off from New York on Monday with the aim of crossing the Atlantic. The team expects the trip to last 90 hours, landing in the Spanish city of Seville on Friday morning. It is part of the aim of […]

NASA’s electric plane to take off

NASA has launched a research programme to build electric planes. It will test a new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane called X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell”. Maxwell’s original wing and two gas-fuelled piston engines will be replaced with a long, skinny wing embedded with 14 electric motors. Engineers hope to achieve a five-time reduction in the energy required […]

UK students to develop fully electric aircraft

Students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are to build an all-electric aircraft. A team of undergraduates studying aerospace engineering will develop one of the first fully electric research gliders in the UK. They will install a lightweight electric motor and a lithium-based battery in a single-seater airframe. They expect to fly the […]

Solar Impulse forced to land in Japan

A record-breaking attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean using a solar-powered plane has been aborted due to poor weather conditions. The pilot, Andre Borschberg, was 36 hours into what was expected to be a six-day journey from China to Hawaii. The aircraft, Solar Impulse was forced to head back to Japan to land. The team will now […]