Landmark Aviation was recently awarded a 37-year lease to operate an FBO at San Diego International Airport. It currently operates the former Jimsair Aviation Services on the field, which it acquired in July 2008. Under the new agreement, Landmark will design and build a new FBO with a 20,000-sq-ft terminal, a 250,000-sq-ft ramp and five hangars on a 12.4-acre leasehold. The new FBO building is required to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S.
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The recently opened FBO at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport was awarded Leed gold status last month by the U.S. Green Building Council based on the design, construction and operation of the high-performance environmentally friendly building.
Heritage Aviation, the recently opened FBO at Vermontπs Burlington International Airport, has just been awarded Leed gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Boeing’s Chicago downtown headquarters has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star, indicating that the building performs in the top 25 percent of comparable facilities nationwide in terms of energy efficiency. Improvements to the building’s automation and lighting systems helped reduce energy consumption and costs.
Federal officials said they would move quickly to circumvent and appeal a U.S. District Judge’s injunction on June 22 to overturn President Obama’s six-month ban on new deepwater offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The President imposed the ban after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion. Under the ban, the Interior Department stopped issuing new drilling permits and halted drilling at 33 exploratory wells.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), along with IBAC’s member associations, today announced they are teaming on an “aggressive strategy” to further mitigate the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. “Business aviation has established an excellent record of consistently improving fuel efficiency, delivering 40-percent improvement over the past 40 years,” the groups said.
New air quality regulations issued by the California Environmental Protection Agency may lead to similar restrictions in other states, according to the National Air Transportation Association.
With the goal of saving as much as 470,000 metric tons of fuel each year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a Flight Efficiency Plan with Eurocontrol and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization to accelerate efficiency improvements to the European air traffic management system.
Aircraft and engine manufacturers participating in the Aviation and Environment Summit held in Geneva this spring pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. The 200-plus signatories of the protocol aim to preempt emission control regulation planned by governments and supranational organizations, which could encumber aircraft operators in the near future.
While the debate continues to swirl on both sides of the Atlantic over the European Union’s scheduled imposition of a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions trading program involving air travel, a new initiative to address the problem was launched in June at the Paris Air Show.