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  • NASA: TSAS air traffic software wins award
    September 1, 2017. NASA. When planes get caught in traffic, the congestion doesn’t bring them to a halt. Pilots have to keep flying, of course, until the backup clears and their runways become available for landing. This means that air traffic controllers must send them on less-direct paths to their final destination, using more fuel in the process. An innovative software tool for air traffic management, called Terminal Sequencing and Spacing, or TSAS, will help planes descend more efficiently by controlling the spacing between individual aircraft, before they even reach the airport. Read more...


  • The green aviation debate 
    August 16, 2017. AASA addresses the green aviation debate and presents a variety of views and articles, to encourage debate and action, including IATA's analysis on the cost of going green; the Booz & Company (now PWC's Strategy&)'s assertion that airlines have no choice but to reduce their consumption of jet fuel in their analysis of the future of green aviation; an article by National Geographic about advances that will change air travel such as new commercial plane designs, alternative fuels, flight patterns, and airport architecture; and a thought-provoking article by Green Futures, part of the Guardian Environment Network, that questions whether the aviation industry, in need of radical innovation to address its high carbon footprint, could ever really be green. Read more...


  • NASA's Common Research Model (CRM) international collaboration 
    May 5, 2017. NASA. A key to success with any international collaboration is that participants find a common language to work from...for aeronautical engineers working to design, build and test aircraft of the future, at least one tool available to facilitate collaboration around the world is NASA’s Common Research Model (CRM). The CRM is a modern, commercial transport shape that exists both as a physical airplane model that can be tested in wind tunnels, and as a digital computer model that can be tested using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Read more...


  •  Developing renewable fuels as a solution for the future of aviation
    July 5, 2017. International Airport Review. John Pitts, MD and Founder of UK-based global aviation fuel specialist eJet International, looks at the industry’s current stance on renewable fuels and discusses its potential uptake as a sustainable solution for cutting emissions. Look at industry news pages today and it’s impossible not to notice that a lot of the topics touch upon the sustainability of aviation fuel and the use of renewable fuels as a viable fuel option within the market. Read more...


  • German Aerospace Center/Lufthansa release high blend-level AJF study
    June 16, 2017. Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative & the German Aerospace Centre.
    Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), together with Lufthansa Technik and the Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and Lubricants (WIWeB), investigated the chemical and physical properties of particularly promising biofuels. The European Union-funded 'High Biofuel Blends in Aviation' (HBBA) study focused on blends, i.e. mixtures of conventional kerosene with biofuels. The study analysed particularly promising biofuels, according to source, production process and approval status. Read more...

  • Boeing delivers increased efficiencies, reduced waste and emissions
    June 6, 2017. Boeing. Boeing is building and delivering new jetliners that will reduce fuel use and emissions by up to 25 percent, reducing solid waste sent to landfills by almost 20 percent, and advancing promising environmental technologies through a first-ever collaboration with Brazil-based EmbraerThese and other improvements to Boeing’s environmental performance are highlighted in the company’s 2017 Environment Report, released today.

  • Aviation industry's Greenhouse Gas Emissions responsibility  
    Aviation is considered to be responsible globally for approximately 2% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE). The airline industry acknowledges that it must play its role in reducing GHGE. IATA has published a set of targets which have been accepted by airlines worldwide. Read more...

  • NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
    March 15, 2017. NASA. Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment. The findings are the result of a cooperative international research program led by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and involving agencies from Germany and Canada, and are detailed in a study published in the journal NatureRead more...


  • NASA: Reduce fuel burn with a dose of BLI
    March 10, 2017. NASA. It sounds like a cause of heart burn. Instead, Boundary Layer Ingestion (BLI) – is a promising idea NASA researchers are studying to reduce fuel burn in jet engines, thus reducing emissions and the cost of operating the aircraft. Read more...

  • IATA Environmental Policy: Combating the illegal trade of wildlife 
    Transnational criminal gangs are exploiting the increasingly interconnected air transport system to traffic illegal flora and fauna. Aviation is committed to playing its part in stopping this illegal trade in wildlife, worth at least $19 billion annually. Although the duty for capturing and prosecuting these criminals rests with national enforcement authorities, airline staff can provide an important source of additional intelligence. International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working with the aviation industry to support the work of enforcement agencies in combating the illegal trade in wildlife.​​​​ Read more...