Diane Selkirk, “Is this the start of an aviation revolution?” (February 11th, 2020)
Author and Source Info:
Diane Selkirk is a nomadic writer who is spent the past eight years sailing around the world with her family. Along the way she is written stories for publications including BBC Travel, National Geographic Travel, Conde Nast, and Cosmopolitan. She is more of popular writer who writes about events that and things that go on around the world that interest her and things that may interest others. Diane Selkirk seems like a credible source because she interviewed multiple people including a lot of the people that are a part of this Canadian Airline to make sure her research was well structured.
In this article the author tries to explain the purpose of changing the way that commercial aircraft create the power required to produce lift and get the aircraft into the skies. She explains that the burning of fossil fuels has a negative impact on the planet and electric aircraft will have a great impact on shifting the harms that are being applied to the planet. She states, “as the threat posed by the climate crisis deepens, there has been renewed interest in developing electric passenger aircraft as a way of reducing emissions and airline operating costs.” She also gives a lot more facts through out the article that help her build up the claim that electric aircraft are important for the revolution of aviation and another step to saving the planet.
I agree with this author with the facts that she points out to the reader that right now we only have technology available for small aircraft and small distance flights that this Small Canadian airline can do with the float planes. Also the fact that we may not have the technology yet to integrate this idea into larger commercial aircraft, but once the technology does exist the impact that it will have on the earth will be a lot greater than what we expect. But she makes it very clear that this airline is taking the right steps to implement these ideas onto their small fleet of small aircraft.
“as the threat posed by the climate crisis deepens, there has been renewed interest in developing electric passenger aircraft as a way of reducing emissions and airline operating costs.”
“pulling ahead of other electric flight projects, including those by big-name companies Airbus, Boeing and Rolls-Royce.”
“But only one of the aircraft’s four jet engines will be replaced with a 2MW electric motor, powered by a combination of an onboard battery and generator attached to a turboshaft engine, which still uses fossil fuels, inside the fuselage.”