Why Electric Airplanes Aren’t A Thing

Electric Airplane Alice Experimental Electric Aircraft
Airplanes have been using jet fuel since the history of human flight started. With the advent and boom in popularity of electric cars and trucks replacing conventional fossil fuel vehicles. You can’t help but wonder, is commercial flight next?
In this article, we’ll explore why electric airplanes aren’t a thing, yet. And what does the future hold for this technology.

What are the benefits of an Electric Airplane?

An electric airplane runs on electricity instead of fossil fuels. There are many benefits to using electric aircrafts, including a reduction in pollution and noise levels. Electric airplanes potentially also can be much cheaper to operate than traditional aircrafts. Electric motors are less complex and do not require much maintenance compared to combustion engines.
The technology for electric planes is still in it’s early stages, but it holds great potential. With continued research and development, electric airplanes may one day become common.

Are Electric Airplanes Practical?

There’s no denying that electric airplanes sound incredibly fascinating. The idea of a quiet, emission-free aircraft powered by a rechargeable battery is very appealing. But unlike electric cars, electric commercial aircrafts are not yet a reality due to a several challenges.
The main challenge keeping electric airplanes from becoming a reality is energy density. The weight of the batteries with respect to the battery power they can produce is still too high to be feasible in a large aircraft. As reference, for a given weight, the best Lithium-ion batteries have about 14 times less usable energy than the currently used Jet Fuel.
For an aircraft, mass is critical, that’s why airlines anxiously weigh luggage and are quick to charge additional fees for any extra weight. Electric airplanes would need enough energy per kilogram of battery weight to be able to fly, which is simply not realistic at the moment.
But even with all these limitations, that didn’t stop researchers from experimenting with small size, slow, short range electric aircrafts and hybrid electric planes. With some electric airplanes even running on solar power and gliding around the planet without any fuel. Learn more about the experimental Solar Impulse 2 Here.

The future of environmentally friendly flying

The future of transport is looking more and more electric. With the rise of electric cars and the advancing technology of Lithium-ion batteries. You’d think it was only a matter of time before electric aviation started taking off. And while they’re not quite ready for commercial use.
The prospect of a much more environmentally friendly flying that produces lower emissions is enticing. Electric planes would also be much quieter than traditional planes, which would be a huge advantage for people who live near airports.
But in reality, unless batteries can become more energy dense and provide the same range as traditional airplanes. commercial Electric powered aircrafts may never take off.
The most feasible way to make the aviation industry greener may not be electric flight. But instead, the use of green jet fuel, known as Sustainable Jet Fuel (SAF). SAFs are recycled or manufactured from renewable resources, making them much more environmentally friendly than conventional Jet Fuels. To learn more about Sustainable Jet Fuel, check our previous article on the subject: Sustainable Aviation Fuel, A Path To A Greener Future

Sustainable Aviation Fuel: A Path To A Greener Future

Aircraft wing and engine during refueling Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is gaining traction in the world of aviation. The negative impacts of climate change are mounting quickly. Aircrafts today are powered by jet fuel sourced from fossil fuels. The aviation industry is responsible for 12% of CO2 emissions all transport sources.
Sustainable Aviation Fuels are already in use in some commercial flights. More than 225,000 flights have been powered by SAFs since it was certified back in 2011.
With the global growth in air travel, some airlines are investing not only in more fuel-efficient aircrafts. But also into alternative fuels and aspiring to reach carbon neutrality.
The aviation industry is one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gasses. In 2018, commercial aviation emitted around 8% more greenhouse gasses compared to the previous year. If left unchecked, these emissions are projected to increase by 300% by 2050; this growth is not sustainable. The use of SAFs is the best way to mitigate the impact of aviation on the environment.

What Is Sustainable Aviation Fuel?

SAFs are derived from renewable natural sources, such as waste, used cooking oil, sustainable plantation, algae, and many more. SAFs offer economic opportunities, job creation, environmental improvement and can even improve aircraft health and performance. Due to the reduced harmful components such as Sulfur.

Why Use Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

The properties of SAF are almost identical to conventional jet fuel. They are known as ‘drop-in-fuels’; which means they can be used in the existing fueling machinery. Without any modifications to aircrafts, engines or fuel systems.
The use of SAFs provides a significant 80% reduction in CO2 emissions when compared to fossil fuels while accounting for the emissions created during production. However, the cost of SAFs is currently around 2 times or more of the cost of the traditional fossil fuel.
With improvement in manufacturing technologies and mass adoption of SAFs. Both the CO2 reduction and cost of production are expected to improve significantly. This will make SAFs more competitive with traditional jet fuel. And a great way to transition the aviation industry into a greener future.

Future of SAF

There are positive initiatives by airlines that provide passengers with the option to fund the use of SAFs. In order to reduce the carbon footprint of your ticket. But, governments need to step in and create the right policies to accelerate the growth of SAFs. Which requires a long term plan to reduce investment risks, a focus on research and development and improving SAF production technologies.
The need to transition into a sustainable future is growing every day. SAFs offer to ‘clean-up’ the aviation industry into a green, renewable future. The adoption of SAFs in the aviation industry might take time. But cheaper jet fuels, efficient aircrafts and commitment to the environment offers a road-map to a future of sustainable flying.
Want to learn more about fuel prices? Check out our previous article here.

Supersonic Flights Are Making A Comeback

Boom Supersonic jet Overture
In 1973, the FAA banned civilian supersonic flights overland, a global ban followed and remains in effect today. But the tides are changing and soon we might have commercial supersonic flights once again.

Why Fly Supersonic?

“Supersonic” means faster than the speed of sound (Which is 761 miles per hour). Supersonic flights break the sound barrier. Therefore, supersonic planes can fly at double the speed of conventional commercial flights or more. Such high speeds can revolutionize our society, so why isn’t supersonic the standard of commercial flights?

Why Are Supersonic Flights Banned?

While flying at supersonic speeds comes with the advantage of high speed, it also comes with disadvantages. Apart from fuel inefficiency and a steep ticket cost, the main negative is sound.
Breaking the sound barrier causes sound waves to accumulate in front of the aircraft. Which leads to a loud shockwave known as a sonic boom that can be heard on the ground below. Consequently, this led to the global ban on supersonic flights overland.
Although the ban was enforced in 1973, flying supersonic continued until 2003 over water. The last Concorde was retired due to lack of profitability and sonic boom restrictions. In almost 2 decades, no supersonic planes for civilians were operating.

Are Supersonic Flights Making a Comeback?

Lawmakers in the United States have agreed to pave the way for supersonic flight over land once again. Which lead to the rapid Research and development of new commercial supersonic jets. Several companies have joined the race to develop their own “quiet” and fuel-efficient supersonic aircraft. In hopes to carve out a slice of the upcoming market boom in supersonic flight.
Firms including Lockheed Martin, Boom Supersonic, Virgin Galactic and others are using cutting edge technologies to design a Low-boom aircraft. With new computers they are able to virtually simulate aerodynamic ability of new designs. Which aspire to pass the noise regulations.
American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to purchase 20 and 15 Supersonic Overture planes respectively from Boom Supersonic. With jet engines designed in collaboration with Rolls Royce, and should roll out in 2025.
Supersonic flight speeds are permitted over open bodies of water for now. But that didn’t stop companies from advertising the advantages gained by flying supersonic.
Boom Supersonic Flying at supersonic speeds remain legal only over open bodies of water map
Source: Boom Supersonic. Flying at supersonic speeds remain legal only over open bodies of water, but that might soon change.

What Supersonic Means For The Future Of Aviation?

Imagine flying from Paris to New York in just 4 Hours, Los Angeles to Sydney in 8 hours. Or basically cutting trip time by half, that could soon be a reality. There are even plans to transition high capacity commercial flights to supersonic speeds.
The UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Which sets global standards in the aviation industry, is assessing options for noise and emissions. Flying at supersonic speeds will take travel to the next level and will be a massive driver of human progress.
Previous Article: Aircraft Slot Guidelines for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

Aircraft Slot Guidelines for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

FIFA World Cup 2022 Emblem

In the aviation world, Ground Handling is a crucial part of any trip and is one of the most important services to ensure a smooth flight. This is exasperated especially through busy operations such as the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar where the event will be hosted. A whopping 28,000 flights are forecasted to operate in Doha between November and December 2022; carrying at least 3.5 million passengers.

The FIFA World Cup is Football’s most prestigious competition. It is set to kick off in the middle east for the first time in history; and will host a record number of visitors. Perhaps due to Qatar’s central location on the world map; and being one of the safest countries in the world.

So, what are the challenges facing ground handlers? and how does AeroControl Group handle these unprecedented challenges?

Ground Handling

Ground handling comprises of a range of services performed on aircrafts pre-take-off and post landing to facilitate smooth operations. These services include cabin services, maintenance, fueling, ramp handling, catering, passenger service… etc.

Ground handling is integral to ensure safety, security and comfort for the passengers and crew. To learn more about Ground Handling click here.

What Are The Challenges Facing Ground Handlers During FIFA World Cup 2022?

In the event of a busy operation such as a major sporting event, slot coordination attempts to efficiently manage aircraft traffic. With limited space and high demand, slots can be costly and difficult to come by; coupled with elevated restrictions and penalties during such high demand periods. One of the main challenges for Ground Handlers during FIFA World Cup is securing a slot for your aircraft.

What Is A Slot?

A slot is basically a parking slot for an aircraft; which allows the guarantee to schedule a landing and departure at an airport during a specific time period.

The MATAR FWC released Guidelines and Instructions for filling slot requests at DOH & DIA airports between 30 Oct and 25 Dec 2022. The guidelines include rules for slot approval and penalties for misconduct. Any violation or misconduct for the approved slot would result in some hefty penalties, delay or unnecessary burning of excess fuel while waiting in mid-air for clearance.

MATAR Slot Coordination Local Rules During FIFA World Cup 2022

1. Applying for Slot Clearance

2. Slot allocation priorities & exclusions to the Local Rules

In order to ensure a fair and transparent slot allocation process, yet enabling an effective support for the event, the following have been provisioned:

  • Slot requests for PMA flights i.e. National Football teams, will be handled on a priority basis. The requested slot however will be subject to the available capacity and slot availability at the time of the request.
  • All other slot requests will be handled on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Following operations will be excluded from the Local Rules restrictions:

  • Military flights
  • State flights
  • Search And Rescue (SAR) flights
  • Emergency flights
  • Humanitarian flights

3. Traffic distribution within Doha’s Civil Aviation airports

In order to ensure optimum utilization of available capacity and delivery of appropriate service levels the slot request/traffic demand will have to be distributed with the following priorities:

  • All scheduled services and additional scheduled services will be accommodated at DOH.
  • Charter services will be accommodated at either DOH or DIA subject to slot availability.
  • General Aviation GA/BA services will be accommodated primarily at DIA.
  • State & VVIP services will be accommodated at either DOH or DIA on the basis of local authorities’ requirements.

4. Slot Requests

  • All flights, with the exceptions of flights mentioned under 2., will be subject to obtain a slot. The slots will be allocated by the Slot Coordinator.
  • Failure to operate within the allocated slot time of arrival/departure will result in a penalty, with the exceptions mentioned in 2.
  • All operations i.e. charter and GA/BA slot requests must be submitted in turnaround format.
  • All ad-hoc, charter and GA/BA slot requests must include a unique per flight “Ground Handling Confirmation Number” (GHCN) that the operators will get after contacting their Ground Handling Agent (GHA). In order to get the GHCN, the operators must:
    • Have a confirmed representation services agreement (to be shared with their GHA).
    • Have a confirmed maintenance support agreement (to be shared with their GHA).
    • Have paid to their GHA the amount of 5,000 USD as a slot booking fee through a company credit card. This amount will be deducted from the final ground handling invoice or will be released to the operator in case of flight cancellation as per the current set of rules.
  • All ad-hoc, charter and GA/BA slot requests must clearly state the purpose of flight in the “SI” part of the Slot Clearance Request/General Aviation Clearance Request (SCR/GCR) message.
  • All filed Flight Plans (FPLs) will be checked against the approved slots. FPLs not in accordance to the approved slots will be notified to the FPL originator for taking the required timely action.
  • Maximum ground time allowed for narrow-body aircraft “International Civil Aviation Organization” (ICAO) Ref: A, B, C (excluding home-based carriers and scheduled services with historical precedence) will be 60 minutes.
  • Maximum ground time allowed for wide-body aircraft/ICAO Ref: D, E, F (excluding home-based carriers and scheduled services with historical precedence) will be 90 minutes.

5. Slot conformity and Penalties

  • Slot cancellations or slot revisions will be accepted and handled up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled arrival time in Doha (in UTC Times).
  • Slot revisions received on the day of operation will be rejected.
  • Slot cancellations received on the day of operation and non-operation of an approved slot (no-show) will be subject to penalties:
    • 100 USD per seat per flight leg for charter passenger flights & loss of the Slot booking fee.
    • 20,000 USD per flight for GA/BA flights and loss of the Slot booking fee.
    • 30,000 USD per flight for charter cargo flights and loss of the Slot booking fee
  • Slot violation/misuse for any reason other than the cases described in the exclusions paragraph will be subjected to penalties:
    • 5,000 USD for arrivals of +/-20 minutes deviation from the approved slot, for flights with a flight time of 5 hours or less.
    • 5,000 USD for arrivals of +/-35 minutes deviation from the approved slot, for flights with a flight time of 5 hours 1 minute or more.
    • 5,000 USD per flight leg for flights operating with an aircraft type of a higher ICAO category than the one approved.

6. Exclusions to penalties

The following exclusions from the penalty implementation apply:

  • Flights with established historic rights.
  • Damage to aircraft during flight/ground operations
  • Adverse weather
  • Air Traffic Flow Management
  • Industrial action outside of the airline
  • Mandatory Security

How AeroControl Tackles These Challenges?

AeroControl is one of the most reliable companies for trip support services with a wide range of expertise and extensive connections to guarantee a smooth operation for your flight by securing all the authorizations and permits needed, with a track record of efficient management of unexpected contingencies. AeroControl works behind the scenes so you will have nothing to worry about.

As the FIFA World Cup 2022 brings the world together in celebration of sport and health, AeroControl brings you the peace of mind to enjoy this once in a lifetime event, so you don’t miss out.

Read more about how AeroControl Group handled the World Games 2022 click here.

You Can Now Pay for Our Aviation Services with Cryptocurrency

You Can Now Pay for Our Aviation Services with Cryptocurrency

Great news for crypto fans, we are thrilled to announce that we now accept payments for our aviation services using cryptocurrency. As AeroControl Group continues to improve its service; we believe in giving our clients more options for convenience and safety, and that’s why we made it possible for you to pay with crypto.

Decentralized currencies allow direct transactions in a simple, real-time and secure fashion, it is no surprise this technology continues to gain popularity at a rapid pace.

Cryptocurrency transactions are a safer way to do business. Therefore, a growing number of large companies are jumping on the crypto bandwagon and offering payments through decentralized channels. Due to client demands, we will offer crypto payments for all our services including Trip Support, Ground Handling, fueling, aircraft handling, landing permits and overflight permits.

What Is Crypto?

A cryptocurrency is a digitally based, decentralized currency that works much like normal money, except that it is not governed by any third-party entity. Hence, it is decentralized. Cryptocurrencies run on Blockchain technology, which is a peer-to-peer network of connected computers that automatically run the network, using high level secure cryptography they are virtually completely impossible to hack or manipulate.

Why Use Crypto to Pay for Aviation Solutions?

Crypto owners understand the benefits of using crypto as it provides convenience, ease, speed, security and practicality. For AeroControl Group customers this translates to the following benefits:

  • Fast

Bank Wire transfers are convenient but could take up to days to process. Cryptocurrency transactions are processed by the blockchain network and received immediately; all you need is a crypto wallet address to transfer money.

  • Available 24/7

Doesn’t matter what time of the day or which day of the week, a decentralized currency means you don’t need a bank and you are unrestricted by bankers’ working hours.

  • Secure

Carrying around a suitcase full of money is risky. Crypto transactions are decentralized and cannot be hacked by a third party.

  • Low fees

Credit or debit cards are convenient, but it comes with several fees for banks, crypto cuts out the middleman. As a result, crypto transaction fees are much lower and could save you a lot of money for each transaction.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a crypto wallet address?

A wallet address is a special and unique string of letters and numbers representing the wallet which can receive or send cryptocurrency. To learn more about Bitcoin Wallets click here.

  • Are there any extra charges when paying with crypto?

No, we do not charge any extra fees for crypto transactions.

  • How to pay with crypto?

Our Team will send you a link along with the procedure on how you can pay. Feel free to contact us for the payment details. We can assist you with the process and address any questions or concerns that you may have.

Embracing Crypto

We will continue to push the limits and strive to stay abreast with the latest technology advancements with our customer convenience and safety in mind. We are convinced that cryptocurrency is the future of payments and believe that the customer comes first. Therefore, by implementing a cryptocurrency payment scheme we can enhance the services we offer to our customers who not only appreciate quality. But also indulge in exclusivity, luxury and first-class services that are up to date with the rapidly advancing world.

Looking to settle payments for our aviation services with crypto today? contact us now to request all the information needed and take advantage of this opportunity. Feel free to contact us, we are available 24/7.

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