One way to improve the airline industry’s perceived environmental impact is for carriers to shout louder. Ironically, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) calls for operators to make more noise comes as airlines claim to have reduced sound levels by 75 percent in the past 40 years.
The Federal Aviation Administration is to leverage the U.S. Air Force’s experience with synthetic fuel, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said here on Tuesday during a press conference. Under the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), the FAA is studying solutions to replace today’s Jet-A1 kerosene. Looked for are fuels with smaller carbon dioxide (CO2) footprints. The results of two studies are due this September.
Seattle, Washington-based Aviation Partners Boeing is racking up sales of its efficiency-enhancing Blended Winglets, with new orders from Air China and Shenzhen Airlines for a total of 50 shipsets and from Austrian Airlines for six 767-300ER, the first such application in Europe.
U.S. engine maker Pratt & Whitney (PW) is here touting its solutions to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, including more fuel-efficient technologies and better engine maintenance. During a press conference here at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, president Steve Finger highlighted existing PW engines features and pledged geared turbofan flight-testing very soon.
Airlines and other aviation bodies can now assess their carbon output using a new online Carbon Emissions Calculator developed by U.S.-based consultants Back Aviation Solutions. Developed in partnership with flight information and data solutions company OAG, the calculator allows users to calculate their carbon footprints by equipment type, airline, airport, route, country or world region.
Israel launched another reconnaissance satellite last week as military tensions increase in the Middle East. After lifting off from the Palmachim range at 2:40 local time on June 11, the Shavit three-stage launcher successfully delivered the 300-kilogram Ofeq-7 into a low-Earth, elliptical orbit. Once in orbit, Ofeq-7 unfurled its solar array that should give it a minimum life of four years.
After spending a decade studying automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technologies, Russia and Sweden have signed an accord to bring to their part of the world the necessary ground infrastructure for support of the concept.
In a nod to increasing concerns about the environmental impact of aircraft, CFM International has successfully tested one of its engines fueled by a mix of biofuel and normal Jet-A1 kerosene.The company said the target is for a 20-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
The Solar Impulse project has made significant progress toward its aim of being the first solar-powered aircraft flying at night. The team initiated by psychiatrist and famous aeronaut Bertrand Piccard began construction of the 200-foot-wingspan prototype late in April. Flight tests should start next year.
Will flying one day be as taboo as smoking is today, at least in most of Europe? Will it become socially unacceptable in the future to travel by air? Experts who see an unprecedented attack on air transport’s environmental footprint are posing these questions, challenging the industry’s growth for the first time in several decades.