Q: Is flying private aircraft environmentally friendly?
Our aircraft use 28 litres of avgas (100LL) every hour of flight at a cruising speed of 274 km/h, that is 10.2 litres per 100 km. But that’s not all: in the airplane your route is close to “as the bird flies”. On average routes between the same destinations are up to 30% shorter than the road. For example, going from Rotterdam to Stuttgart it is 644 km on the road and 498 km in the air (23% shorter) – and you do not burn fuel in a traffic jam.
In terms of CO2 emission, our aircraft emit 177 g of CO2 per kilometre on the journey that is equivalent to the same journey on the road. Today, cars in Europe generate on average about 200 g of CO2 per kilometre. Compared to cars and trains, aircraft use very little ground infrastructure (roads and train tracks) and thus leave room for nature. As each square kilometre of natural land absorbs 500 tonnes of CO2 per year, this is an important factor in the mitigation of climate change. Using a car, you occupy a piece of infrastructure that is the 80,000 km of European motorways, covering about 1,500 square kilometres in total. These motorways cause 750 thousand tonnes CO2 per year not to be absorbed. If we calculate the share of reduced CO2 absorptions when using one of the 312 million European cars, this adds another 20 grammes per kilometre to a car’s effective emissions.
So, considering land usage, you save anywhere between 10% and 20% of CO2 when travelling with our aircraft compared to if you went on the same journey by car
Q: What kind of aircraft will be available?
Currently, we are planning to offer only a single engine piston propeller aircraft. The model is a 1984 Mooney M20J. We chose the Mooney M20J for its efficiency and affordability. In the current test phase, the rental price models will be developed.
Q: When will Dragonfliers be available?
We are in a testing phase. Please be patient. Current planning assumes that services might start end of 2021.
Q: How can I get involved?
Please send us an email.