Today marks the start of your editor’s fourth year of attempting to cover the exciting world of electric and alternative energy flight. In the last three years, the CAFE blog has seen the development of larger and more powerful motors, higher speeds, better batteries, and the promise of new technologies and serious investment by major players in this new realm.
At the same time, electric flight is still new enough to attract garage scientists and record seekers. We’ve seen electric aircraft top 200 mph and make it into international record books. We’ve seen solar-powered craft extending their wings around the world and alternative fuels extending the range of existing aircraft. A few stories in the wings will highlight possibilities that would have been almost unthinkable three years ago. The Green Flight Challenge doubled the expected parameters of what we thought achievable less than five years ago, and there is no reason to think that progress will not accelerate in the future.
Your editor wants to thank those who read and more importantly, contribute to the ongoing dialogue. We have an amazing future before us, and the opportunity to redeem many of the problems that confront us. It’s nice to think that the creations that give us joy have the power to bring a new and better world for all.