EasyJet, Easy Conscience?
The UK's Grauniad is reporting today that low cost flight pioneer, EasyJet, is developing a new 'ecoJet' which it claims will have 50% less emissions per km than current 'planes. As I've said before, it would be great if a technofix could be found for flying as this appears to be the most intractable part of our carbon footprint. Click on the link to see the bizarre new style of engines which use just 75% of the fuel of conventional jets - the other 25% reduction will be from a lighter airframe and different operating conditions.
It would be easy to say "Nice idea, but it will never work", but those are (almost) the exact words of the then Head of Engineering at Cambridge University when a young Frank Whittle presented him with his initial plans for the first jet engine.