UK flight limit could be extended to 4,500km, say council leader

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Councillor John Knox believes that in 15 years’ time, we will travel from points across the world by solar electric plane The maximum legal length of flight in…

UK flight limit could be extended to 4,500km, say council leader

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Councillor John Knox believes that in 15 years’ time, we will travel from points across the world by solar electric plane

The maximum legal length of flight in the UK could be extended to 4,500km (2,850 miles) from 2020, says a borough council leader.

It would be possible to fly on solar planes that hold up to nine passengers, says Liberal Democrat council leader John Knox.

And he believes that in 15 years’ time, we will travel from points across the world by solar electric plane.

“This technology is technologically very advanced,” Mr Knox told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“We have systems such as solar electric aircraft and we can generate electric power using the sun, so, although there’s a gap between the aviation and the solar technology, it is not one we should regard as a permanent gulf.”

However, a UK Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson said: “The maximum length for flights in the UK is 3,300km and this is a matter for civil aviation authorities.

“The CAA has no immediate plans to alter its guidelines, but as some studies point to new aircraft types capable of longer range flying, our policy will have to be reviewed at a later date.”

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