The global economic recession gave pause to the relentless growth in air traffic over recent years, not least in Europe. But according to Eurocontrol air transport activity, traffic is on the move again, with last summer’s 5-percent increase confirming the recovery of the industry.
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The European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell (EACCC), which was set up one year ago after the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, was activated on Saturday following the eruption of the Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
With its partners at NBAA, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) this week stages its 11th annual EBACE show here in Geneva. The event already is 16 percent up in size on last year and is the biggest yet in terms of the amount of exhibit space booked. And the association itself is back on growth mode, with almost 500 members and around four or five more joining each week.
Hundreds of aircraft operators in Europe and around the world were scrambling last month to meet the March 31 deadline to complete the requirements for monitoring, reporting and verification of 2010 engine emissions under the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
For Middle Eastern aircraft operators that make even a handful of short flights into European airspace, there's no escaping the countdown to the European Union's contentious emissions trading scheme (ETS). The carbon credits scheme goes into full effect just over a year from now on Jan.
ICAO’s two-week Assembly in Montreal in late September/early October covered much new ground as senior representatives from the world’s nations got to grips with the challenges civil aviation faces as it transitions to a still unfolding advanced-technology environment.
With less than four months to go before the March 31 deadline for aircraft operators to submit independently verified emissions reports for the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), there is still widespread confusion as to how the verification process will work for many in the business aviation sector.
European Regions Airline Association member airlines expressed “outrage” at the failure of national governments in the region to compensate them for costs incurred in reimbursing passengers for flight cancellations following the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull in April.
The ETS small emitters tool for calculating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is simple at first glance, consisting of no more than an Excel spreadsheet into which operators can insert data from flight plans filed with the Eurocontrol central flow management unit. The resulting calculations are based on stored data for fuel burn of listed aircraft types.
The latest Eurocontrol traffic projections suggest that capacity constraints for the anticipated growing numbers of very light jets (VLJs) will be at airports rather than in the sky.