Introducing the SKY-511 Next Generation Bio-Synthetic Fuelled Passenger Jet
The World’s First Net Zero CO2 and Fossil Fuel-Free Aircraft
Aero engines running on a hybrid of Synthetic Jet and Bio Aviation Fuel will cut net CO2 emissions to zero
Aviation must move from an industry powered by fossil fuel extraction to an industry powered by biofuels and the recycling of carbon dioxide – and with CORSIA Phase 2 starting in 2027 current generation aircraft will become economically unviable on many routes. The SKY-511 will be powered by a combination of synthetic jet and biofuels. Synthetic jet fuels are derived from carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere using a hydrogenation process that uses an iron, manganese and potassium-based catalyst. The biojet fuel is made with 100% recyclable catalysts. Together the new fuels will achieve the end of the fossil-fuelled era of aviation and net life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of zero.
Single Pilot Operations
Including Remote Piloting ability
Current aeronautical human-machine interfaces are sub-optimal compromises and there needs to be a decisive move to increased automation. The SKY-511 will have single pilot operation ability but with initial certification and operation being for two pilots . There will be two backup systems in the case of pilot incapacitation, a renegade pilot, or the windshield failing. First mover advantage in single pilot operation will allow skyways to define the future of the global airline industry as well as addressing the predicted future pilot shortfall.
Continuous Resolution Satellite Tracking
Civilian aircraft monitoring and tracking must be brought into the 21st century
Current generation aircraft fly through intercontinental black spots where they cannot be tracked by ground-based radar. Even today it is possible for an aircraft to be lost without trace. All SKY-511’s will be tracked via satellite down to a minimum resolution of ten seconds. Single pilot operations will also require dedicated satellite communications.
Fuel Efficient Aircraft Traffic Management
Aviation must make major changes to air traffic control
Fixed-Flight Path Angle descent and Intelligent Approach Assistance are the future of air traffic management systems. Such systems will enable aircraft to fly direct to their landing flight path rather than having to circle the airport, which unecessarily burns billions of gallons of jet fuel per year. SKYWAYS will take the lead in designing and implementing these systems that can provide fuel savings of up to 10% versus the phased and staggered approaches of present-day aircraft, as well as helping to avoid unnecessary delays and noise pollution.
Designed at Brooklands Weybridge
The Home of UK Aviation
The SKYWAYS SKY-511 is being designed at Brooklands, the historic home of the UK aerospace industry where the pioneers of flight designed the Vickers Wellington and Hawker Hurricane, then later the VC-10 and Viscount amongst many others. In the 1960’s key components for Concorde were designed and manufactured at Brooklands.
Creating up to 50,000 new skilled jobs in the UK
Up to 25,000 new skilled jobs created directly by SKYWAYS for the manufacturing of the SKY-511
Up to 20,000 new skilled jobs created indirectly through materials and technology supply chains
Up to 2,500 highly-skilled research and development jobs
Up to 2,500 jobs created through the export of SKYWAYS-originated Intellectual Property around the world
Restarting Aircraft Manufacturing in the UK
The UK still retains several large airfields that can be converted into aircraft manufacturing facilities that can provide employment for tens of thousands of people.
SKY-511 Projected Numbers
Maximum Seating: 202 pax
Wing Span: 113-118ft
95% more carbon efficient than Generation 1 aircraft and 90% more carbon efficient than Generation 2 aircraft
15% reduction in noise footprint vs Generation 2 aircraft
50% reduction in NOx vs Generation 1 aircraft
SKY-511 Major Project Milestones
2024 H1: Uncrewed, unpowered 1/4 scale airframe captive flight testing
2024 H2: Uncrewed, unpowered airframe air-launched from carrier plane
Uncrewed, powered runway testing
2025: Uncrewed TOGA testing
EWIS Blueprint finalised
2026: Crewed, powered flight testing. Technical characteristics and operational limitations defined
ASTM certification of Skyways synthetic biofuels
2027: CORSIA Phase 2
2028: Global regulatory certification
2029: First SKY-511 delivered
2030: Single Pilot Operation certification