New hybrid aircraft engine to take off in 2007

Just like their counterparts in the automotive world, aircraft engine designers are looking for creative ways to save fuel. Insidegreentech.com features a story on how a new hybrid engine could not only save fuel, but change aircraft design as well.

Designed by The Scuderi Group, the engine stores compressed air when the engine is in flight. The design gives the engine boosts of power during takeoffs, allowing aircraft to use smaller runways. The engine also reduces emissions around 80 percent.

When the new engine is introduced, the hope is to make planes and other aircraft lighter and easier to build.

A prototype is expected to be ready in 2007.
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