Chomarat Present C-Ply KittyHawk with CNG Potential

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C-Ply Aircraft by VX AerospaceFor the first time at the composite industry’s JEC Europe 2014, Chomarat will present a ¼ scale version of the VX-1 KittyHawk™. This unique aircraft will have a smaller footprint than other aircraft when based on payload capability. “The volume will also allow KittyHawk to lead the way in adopting CNG (compressed natural gas) as an aviation fuel. Existing technology CNG tanks fit inside the aircraft with no aerodynamic compromise. At less than 1/3 the cost of avgas, the KittyHawk will have unparalleled operational economy with emissions that are 40% cleaner,” says Bob Skillen, VX Aerospace’s CEO. Read more »

Husky CNG Takes to the Air

Aviat Husky CNGAirplane manufacturer Aviat Aircraft, Inc. and Minneapolis-based Aviation Foundation of America, Inc. will unveil the first bi-fuel, piston powered aircraft to operate on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and aviation gasoline, at this week’s AirVenture 2013 which takes place in Oshkosh, Wis., from July 29 through August 4. The Aviat Husky CNG will be on display outside the Innovations Pavilion. Read more »

RMIT Student Project on Cryogenic Liquid Methane Aircraft Reaches Airbus Finals

RMIT's CLiMA design Bio-LNG answer for aviation

RMIT’s CLiMA team design a Bio-LNG answer for aviation

A team of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) aerospace engineering students is headed to France after making it to the final five of an international Airbus competition. The Cryogenic Liquid Methane Aircraft (CLiMA) team is one of five finalists selected by experienced Airbus engineers from more than 618 submissions in the 2013 Fly Your Ideas global university challenge. The UNESCO-backed competition encourages students to develop ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry. Read more »

Boeing Delivers LNG-Fuelled Aircraft Concept to NASA

Boeing elongated design concept featuring possible LNG accommodation (in blue).

Will technological advances enable liquefied natural gas powered (LNG) aircraft to take to the skies by mid century, asked the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Boeing has addressed this question by submitting a concept study in February under NASA’s N+4 generation airliners program for 2040-2050, reports Aviation Week. Considered too immature a technology for the N+3 program, NASA believed LNG to be worthy of further investigation. Boeing’s study says it can be done. Read more »