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Pilot projects

As we soar into a future where sustainability is not just a goal but a necessity, the aviation industry stands at the forefront of a monumental shift. The European Alternative Fuels Observatory Portal presents a section dedicated to zero-emission aircraft pilot projects. This arena is where innovation meets environmental stewardship, propelling us towards a greener horizon.

The journey towards net-zero carbon emissions in aviation is both ambitious and essential. It encompasses a spectrum of strategies, from the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) to breakthroughs in propulsion technologies, alongside myriad efficiency enhancements in air traffic navigation and aircraft design. Our focus here is to explore the exciting timelines and transformative technologies leading us to the era of zero-emissions flight.

Historically, the aviation industry has achieved remarkable feats in fuel efficiency, improving by approximately 80% in the last half-century. These gains stem from advancements in engine efficiency, aerodynamics, and materials science. However, the next quantum leap in aviation is on the horizon, with innovations set to redefine air travel as we know it.