The world's first mass-produced alcoholic plane, the Ipanema, is delivered to an airline fumigation company this Tuesday at Botocatu, 220 km from Sao Paulo, by a subsidiary of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.
"Until now we had modified the engines of some planes so that they could run on alcohol, but the Ipanema will be the first mass-produced alcoholic plane in the world to be delivered," said an official. 'Embraer, the world's fourth largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft.
The alcohol version of the agricultural aircraft Ipanema, leader of the sales of its category in Brazil with about 1.000 devices, was manufactured by the Aerospace Industry Neiva, subsidiary of Embraer and responsible for the sector of the agricultural aviation.
The Neiva industry used data from the Technical Center for Aerospace (CTA, public) on its project of fuel alcohol airplane engines (made from sugar cane), started in the 1980 years and abandoned a few years later for lack of money.
The use of fuel alcohol has greater technical efficiency and lower costs than gasoline while being much less polluting, according to Embraer.
The cost of using alcohol is three to four times lower than that of aviation gasoline. Brazil is also a major producer of alcohol (sugar cane extract), which explains the choice of Embraer.
An alcohol motor allows an increase in power of about 5%.
In addition, this fuel increases the overall efficiency of the aircraft by reducing its take-off distance and increasing its speed in particular.
source: Tribune de Geneve