NASA "Biofuel Reduces Particle Emissions in Exhaust by 50-70 Percent"

NASA’s recent study could be good news for Leonardo DiCaprio’s carbon footprint

United Airlines Eco Airplane BioFuel
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  It’s estimated that a whopping four billion of us will travel by commercial aircraft this year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). With that statistic in mind, it’s no surprise that finding a way to reduce fossil fuel emissions associated with air travel is a hot topic for AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) supporters.

Encouragingly, a recent study by NASA may have found a solution. In a press release earlier this month, NASA stated “Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent” following the findings of the two year investigation into renewable fuel sources.

The study involved NASA’s Douglas DC-8 jet (a four-engine long-range narrow-body jet airliner) flown at altitudes up to 40,000 feet burning a combination of jet fuel and a renewable alternative made from camelina plant oil. Data was collected by research aircraft trailing the DC-8 at a range of distances measuring emissions and contrail formations. "This was the first time we have quantified the amount of soot particles emitted by jet engines while burning a 50-50 blend of biofuel in flight," said Rich Moore, lead author of the Nature report.

Condensation trails (more commonly referred to as contrails) are the white cloud like streaks which can often be seen criss-crossing the sky, marking the flight path of commercial jets. Contrails are created when hot air produced by jet engines mixes with cold atmospheric air typically associated with high altitudes. This condensation can create high altitude ‘clouds’, trapping heat within the atmosphere and affecting the Earth’s natural environment. Soot emissions from jet engines play a large part in the formation and properties of contrails. According to Bruce Anderson, ACCESS project scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, "… the observed particle reductions we’ve measured during this study should directly translate into reduced ice crystal concentrations in contrails, which in turn should help minimize their impact on Earth’s environment."

While it’s not exactly surprising that an aircraft burning biofuel produces less emissions than the fossil fuel alternatives, the big question is; with crude oil prices hovering around US$50 a barrel, are the environmental benefits enough to persuade airlines to make the change to the greener, but less economical, renewable alternative.

Article Written by: Anna Henchy

Tai Lopez Private Jet Lifestyle

Tai Lopez Lifestyle; Super Cars, Girls, Private Jets, and Books

Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to live a private jet lifestyle? A lifestyle that rather than booking a commercial airline ticket, waiting in line for hours, going through security just to sit in an airplane crammed like sardines? The fact is the rest of the % 99 of the world that aren't in the top % 1 wonder what it's like. We are going to take a look into the lifestyle that the YouTube sensation Tai Lopez lives.

Tai Lopez Private Jet Lifestyle
Obtained from Tai Lopez Instagram

If you've ever seen Tai Lopez on YouTube, or even his Snapchat, you will know that he loves to talk about his life and what he is able to do with what he has earned. Some people will call it bragging, but lets be honest, it's pretty inspirational. He's a young dude who's been able to make a great living. If you watch his Snapchat stories you will notice that quite often hes on one of the private jets that he has chartered to beat traffic and airport line ups. He's been seen hopping on a private jet just to travel a couple hundred miles to view real estate that he's interested in. Most of us would have no problem driving a couple of hundred miles, but when time is money, and you have more money than time, that is when you get to live the lifestyle we all wonder about.

The private jets aren't all we dream about though. After all Tai can be seen in his private jets with a handful of woman that many say are only hanging out with him for his money. Is it true? That's for you to decide. There is the saying that you should hang out with people that you'd like to be like. Maybe these girls have a passion for business and making money and seek his knowledge. What about all of his high end cars? You can't show up to the airport in your Honda Civic. Tai can often be seen driving his Lamborghini's, Ferrari, or his Rolls Royce.

Tai Lopez Private Jet and Super Cars
Obtained from Tai Lopez Instagram

If you know much about Tai Lopez, or watch him on social media, you will know he has more haters than anyone else you know of. He has many memes about how much he loves books, and many claims that he rents everything for his video's. A lot of the accusations are silly and are not well thought out. He obviously charters jets, but it isn't financially smart to rent the cars and his house just for his YouTube videos. You would have to be rich just to rent the cars and the mansion anyways. Feel free to make your own opinion on the guy, just remember he didn't get where he is for nothing. The guy clearly know some things that have allowed him to achieve the lifestyle we all want! 

Please comment below how you would live your private jet lifestyle and don't forget to share this article with your friends on social media! You might also be interested in our article about the top 3 private planes.

Air Taxi and Shuttle Service in Texas

Texas Air Shuttle Service

Texas Air Shuttle Service

According to the co-founder and CEO Steve Geldmacher, Texas Air Shuttle was supposedly to begin its service earlier this year but took longer than expected to gain Federal Aviation Administration certification. Intended primarily toward the business community, Texas Air Shuttle offers a new members-only service for a price. It includes unlimited travel in the Lone Star State each week. Other flights consist of routes to the McKinney National Airport, Conroe/North Houston Regional Airport, Austin Executive Airport, and now, the Stinson Municipal Airport in San Antonio.

The region’s business travelers can expect an unmatched convenience, service and value provided by Stinson Airport and Texas Air Shuttle. The airport’s location provides direct entry to Brooks City Base, Joint Base San Antonio, downtown, and other industry centers in the region. Working together, Stinson Airport is looking forward to a long and prosperous partnership with Texas Air Shuttle.

There are unlimited fly plans that allow members to pay a monthly fee and fly as much as they want. The company has two plans available- the executive and the super commuter. For $1,895 a month as an executive member, you get one seat on an unlimited number of flights, one free guest pass every month and two flight passes. The super commuter plan is $2,850 a month that includes a seat on an unlimited number of flights, a free guest pass, and six flight passes which gives members the privilege to immediately book a new reservation after a flight.

With the membership perks, frequent fliers were simply requested to arrive at the terminal fifteen minutes before the departure time and they also have the opportunity to take advantage of the free valet parking. These services save members on wasted time at the airport while eliminating worries that accompany commercial jet delays and other additional fees associated with parking and checked baggage.

The company which is based at the Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport, will be targeting more frequent business travelers who want to save time over flying commercial while increasing their productivity. Its service will make travelling convenient and comfortable without going through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.

Texas Air Shuttle owns, controls and maintains a fleet of Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft, which will have two pilots for additional safety. Seats are available for a reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. The company plans to expand throughout 2016 to other cities in Texas, including the neighboring states of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma as well. It will also eventually add jets to its fleet, naming Cessna Citation Bravos as one.

Texas Air Shuttle is the second company, based in Texas, to offer private flights. Rise, which is based on Dallas, has a comparable model that has been flying for more than a year. It also has unlimited flights beginning at $1,850 a month. CEO Nick Kennedy of Rise explained that he doesn’t see Texas Air Shuttle as a competitor and that they are happy to have the company in the industry where there is a huge demand for a greatly needed service. 

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Why These Top 3 Private Planes Are Worth Flying On

Top 3 Private Planes Worth Flying On

3. Pilatus PC-12

Pilatus PC-12 Best Private Planes

PC-12, with the distinction of being the best-selling pressurized, single-engine turbine-powered aircraft in the world, is a 22-year-old model conceptualized for functioning in various roles to ensure equal performance and safety to twin-engine aircraft. It is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67 engine, which is one of the most popular turboprop aircraft engine in the history known for its reliability. The aircraft used a trailing-link landing gear arrangement to access thousands of airfields that most jet aircraft would be incapable of using.  

The interior layout was created by Pilatus in partnership with BMW Group Designworks. With the 6+2 cabin seating set up, private lavatory, and accessible luggage in the rear cabin, PC-12 stood out for meeting the demands of passengers.

It is an exceptionally versatile plane that is pressurized for changing weather while keeping passengers cozy, and it’s fast enough to be commended as a great regional flyer. With its big loading doors aided in loading gears up to dirt bikes and other bulky cargo, PC-12 was designed for the roughest runway.

Early sales of the PC-12 initially went to utility operators. There were physicians in Australia who bought the plane to fly into the most remote areas to treat people, and when the United States pilots learned about the aircraft, they wanted to use it to fly their own missions that other planes just can’t carry out. As of this year, there were 1,400 PC-12 that have been delivered and most were used in the civil market.

PC-12 could be the right plane for you whether you’re planning to load it up with friends, colleagues, kids and bicycles for it can still carry enough fuel to fly a phenomenal distance. The aircraft was designed mainly for utility and operating flexibility, which made it easy to fly. Its speed control is definitely a piece of cake; you pick your speed and execute it using a combination of speed brakes, power reductions and gear.

Why does everybody love flying in the Pilatus? Are there other planes that match PC-12’s features? That’s right, no other plane does, and would-be competitors of Pilatus knew that.

2. Cessna Citation X

Cessna Citation X Private Planes

 Cessna Citation X, the second fastest civilian aircraft in the world, is an American long-range medium-sized business jet aircraft designed for transcontinental flights. Citation X was equipped with Allison AE 300 7A engines, which gave it the capacity to run at 703 miles per hour considering it as one of the fastest modes for private transport.  

This aircraft is the reason why business travel just got quicker. Citation X brings you to your destination faster than all other business jets by flying up to 35 minutes more quickly than its equivalent aircraft. Aside from its notable speed, this aircraft was also recognized as one of the most luxurious jet in the midsize category with its boldly styled interior.

Combining comfort and performance, the aircraft offers a 24-foot-long cabin with eight executive lush seats, a full service galley, an external luggage compartment that can hold up to 72 cu. ft. of baggage, and a leading edge technology feature that enables you to continue streaming, downloading and sending data from 51,000 ft.

It was possibly designed for a new kind of passenger who wanted style, power and presence considering Cessna’s award-winning service. Citation X is of remarkable value to its operators combining world-class speed, satisfying comfort and superb runway performance.

1. Gulfstream G650

Gulfstream G650 Best Private Planes

Gulfstream G650, a twin-engine business jet, is the largest purpose-built, fastest, most luxurious, longest range and most technologically advanced jet built by Gulfstream. It ranked as the fastest civilian aircraft in the world followed by Cessna Citation X.

Its highly swept G650 wing was uniquely engineered and newly designed with higher thrust Rolls-Royce BR725 engines that bring extraordinary performance. It has a top speed of Mach .925 which is nearly the speed of sound, and way faster than commercial jets. That would only mean that G650 can combine an impressive number of cities that no other purpose-built business jets can.

G650 set the new standard in business travel. It makes distant cities all part of a day’s work, and with its lowest pressurized cabin altitude as a business aircraft, passengers land in their destinations feeling refreshed and ready for whatever opportunities that may come.

This aircraft having the tallest, widest and longest cabin its class, provides a more comfortable living environment and accommodation for up to 18 people. It was essentially designed to give maximum convenience, safety and efficiency for trips distant to world capitals.  

Gulfstream G650 also offers a high-speed connectivity. It has a Gulfstream Broadband Multilink high-speed data system, two multichannel satellite communications systems and a wireless local network that provides on-board printing and phone service. Passengers also keep their businesses on track with dual media servers, high-definition video source equipment and a cabin audio system.  

Being the most advanced business aircraft, the G650 has granted its every passenger’s wishes combining its incredibly flying range, capacity to use most private jet airports, and ultimate blend of style, comfort and function.

Article written by: Kaye Lagman

Did we forget to add an aircraft you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comment section below!

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5 Reasons why the Bombardier CS100 is the best new Regional Jet

Bombardier CS100 Best New Regional Jet

CS100 Best new Regional Jet
CS100 Image from Wikipedia
Introducing Bombardier CS100, the world’s leanest and most cost-effective aircraft that was purpose-built and developed from the ground up. To set new standards in terms of profitability and environmental sustainability, this new aircraft type applies the latest advances in engine, systems and materials technology. Thanks to innovation in cabin design, passengers can look forward to a significant increase in travel comfort. 

NASA "Biofuel Reduces Particle Emissions in Exhaust by 50-70 Percent"

NASA’s recent study could be good news for Leonardo DiCaprio’s carbon footprint Photo from United Airlines   It’s estimated that a...