In this ADVANCE special insight report we talk to James McMicking, Chief Strategy Officer for ATI about FlyZero and the UK’s ambition to realise zero-carbon emission commercial flight by the end of the decade.
ATI – The Aerospace Technology Institute’s ambitious new project to help UK aerospace develop a zero-carbon emission aircraft by 2030 is calling for UK business to embrace the project and step up to second its brightest people to the year-long effort.
Backed by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the FlyZero programme will pull together expertise from across the UK supply chain and universities to look at the design challenges and market opportunity of potential zero-emission aircraft concepts.
The initiative is the subject of a special webinar on Thursday 13 August – see the ATI site for details, and to reserve a space: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/flyzero
In this interview with Alan Peaford, McMicking explains the importance of the project to the future of UK aerospace and addresses some of the technical challenges that are involved ranging from fuels, airframe materials and range requirements.
“What we want FlyZero to do is explore really the sort of perimeter of what can be done in terms of zero carbon emission, where we stop burning things like kerosene, and how far and how many people could be carried with an aircraft at that time. With the technologies available in the next decades. It’s starting to then establish what that spectrum of aircraft technologies looks like and how far can we go,” McMicking says.
Listen to the full podcast below: