I like this twitter posting from Marc Mac Lean.
Ecotourism: fly 12 hours in a large aircraft and then worry about whether your hotel washes your sheets once a day or once a week.
— Mark Mac Lean (@marktmaclean) April 24, 2013
Mark makes a great point. A person flying in a commercial airliner for 12 hours will cause the release of 1 to 2 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) whereas washing towels only once a week instead of daily saves only about 5 pounds of CO2.
Levopters can help to bring these two statistics closer together by greatly reducing or entirely eliminating the carbon emissions from flying. A commercial airliner will travel about 6,000 miles in 12 hours and the same trip in a levopter would take about about 96 hours (4 days). That is three and a half days longer than the trip by aircraft and many people may not want to take the time to travel by levopter but there could be some advantages to the levopter flight that the jet airplane can’t offer.
Levopters could make a vacation as much about getting to a destination as it is about being at a destination.
A jet aircraft has to fly at very high altitudes in order to achieve efficient operation and the need to fly high means a jet’s fuselage needs to be pressurized to keep people from dying of oxygen deprivation. To make the fuselage strong enough to withstand pressurization, the fuselage of a jet aircraft is built as a long, slender aluminum tube with seats packed as tightly as possible. A levopter, on the other hand, flies at low altitudes and doesn’t need a pressurized fuselage. That means it doesn’t need to be a long slender tube but can be more expansive to provide comfort for passengers equivalent to what they would experience on a train or a cruise ship. Instead of eating and sleeping in their seats, passengers can eat in a dining room and sleep in beds.
Usually, a trip to a remote ecotourism site will require multiple flight legs and possibly even several hours spent in a tour bus to finally reach the desired destination. A levopter does not require a formal airport with paved runways and with fewer passengers than a commercial airliner, a single levopter could make a trip specifically for a particular destination. You could board the levopter in your home country and travel in comfort all the way to the final destination never having to transit airports or travel the final miles to your destination by road.
Jet aircraft have small windows to withstand the pressurization whereas a levopter can have large windows to enjoy the scenery along the way. Coupled with that, the levopter will be flying at low altitudes so the windows will provide spectacular panoramas close enough to the ground to actually see what is below.
Entertainment and socializing
Inflight entertainment on an airliner consists of movies on overhead TVs or if you are lucky, you’ll have a seat with a small video monitor mounted in the seat in front of you. On a levopter, these facilities can be extended to cover the range of activities normally found on cruise ships and because of the spaciousness of a levopter, people will be able to socialize, interact with and learn from each other as they travel.
No greenhouse gases
Finally, the most significant difference between traveling by jet airplane or levopter will be the fact that a levopter will not release any CO2 or other green house gases into our atmosphere.