The first plane to alcohol in the world into series production, the Ipanema, comes to aerial fumigation company Tuesday in Botocatu at 220 km from Sao Paulo, a subsidiary of 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 a senior official. 'Embraer, the world's fourth largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft.
The alcohol version of Ipanema agricultural aircraft, sales leader in its category in Brazil with nearly 1.000 devices, was manufactured by the Aerospace Industry Neiva, a subsidiary of Embraer and head of the agricultural aviation.
Neiva The industry has used data from the Aerospace Technical Centre (CTA, public) on its proposed aircraft engine fuel alcohol (sugar base), begun in 1980 years and abandoned a few years later for lack money.
The use of fuel alcohol has a greater technical efficiency and lower costs than gasoline while being much less polluting, according to Embraer.
The cost of the use of alcohol is actually three to four times less than that of aviation gasoline. Brazil is also a large producer of alcohol (from sugar cane), which explains the choice of Embraer.
An alcohol engine allows an increase in power of about 5%.
Furthermore, this fuel increases the overall performance of the aircraft by decreasing its takeoff distance and increasing its speed in particular.
source: Tribune de Geneve