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From the Elektra One electric airplane to Siemens’ plug-in hybrid aircraft, we’ve been seeing a lot of eco-friendly airplanes lately. While we love any airplane that doesn’t spew massive amounts of carbon emissions, the fact is that most planes are still gas-guzzling beasts, which is why search giant Google has teamed up with NASA to sponsor the NASA Centennial Challenge competition (a.k.a. the Green Flight Challenge). Google is working with aircraft technology research group CAFE Foundation to find a winning design that shows emission-free flights are not only practical, but entirely possible. The first place team will take home a whopping $1.3 million, the largest ever in civilian aviation.

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  1. lazyreader August 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Planes are not gas guzzling beasts. Per passenger mile they are cheaper to run than trains. Fuel consumption per passenger mile is very low and the more seats they fill the more efficient it is. An American economist was first to suggest that airlines should provide rewards for travelers to give up their seats on overbooked flights, rather than arbitrarily taking random passengers off the plane (a practice known as bumping) Although the airline industry initially rejected it, his plan was later implemented with resounding success. GE and Boeing have been teaming up to provide many cost effective means to their planes and engines. GE new next generation turbojet engines will be 20 percent more fuel efficient than engines of comparable size. Airplanes are getting lighter thanks to composite materials and stronger aluminum alloys and more powerful and efficient engines.

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