A last-minute revision to legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday removed a requirement to set new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for aircraft, potentially saving the U.S. commercial and business aviation industry billions of dollars between now and 2050. H.R.2454 would have called for business aviation’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to be cut by one third as early as 2012 and by 90 percent by 2050.
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Portugal-based private air services start-up Jet Republic joined Bombardier Aerospace’s carbon offset program for its initial fleet of 25 Learjet 60XRs, set to be delivered over the next two years, starting in October. Jet Republic could eventually take delivery of up to 110 Learjet 60XRs if it exercises all its options.
Honeywell last month said it completed initial testing of renewable jet fuel on its 131-9 APU and TFE731-5 turbofan engine. Bob Smith, vice president for advanced technology, said the company had seen “no degradation in engine performance or fuel consumption.” The biofuel was produced by Honeywell’s UOP unit using oil from jatropha plants and algae.
With Europe set to begin cap-and-trade of aviation emissions in 2012, and Congress working on legislation that would cap the greenhouse gases that have been linked to global warming, Conklin & de Decker cofounder and president Bill de Decker is sounding the alarm for just how seriously the plans could affect business aviation.
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New private jet fractional ownership partner Jet Republic yesterday joined Bombardier Aerospace’s Offset Program for its initial fleet of 25 Learjet 60XRs that are set to be delivered over the next two years, starting in October. Jet Republic could eventually take delivery of up to 110 Learjet 60XRs if it exercises all of its options.
Professor Terry Knibb, former chief scientist at BAE Systems and a member of the ACARE Integration Team, told delegates at the RAeS conference that while ACARE’s 2020 goals are “still valid,” ACARE recognized that aircraft designs haven’t changed much. For this reason, “Out of the Box” was initiated “to look at the wild ideas, for things with a kernel of possibility that could stimulate step-changes in air transport,” said Knibb.
There is little doubt that Europe has forced the global debate on emissions trading in aviation, but over the past year several other proposals have emerged that could cast doubt on the long-term viability of Europe’s fledgling project. Tim Johnson, director of the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF), told lawyers gathered for the third annual Euromoney Air Law conference on May 29 that alternative schemes could yet come to the fore.
Various “planet friendly” initiatives have emerged in Europe over the past few years as the aerospace industry reacts to the environmental challenge, which has now moved center stage. As the aerospace world converged on Paris it seems like every topic has a green backdrop. The recent annual conference of the Royal Aeronautical Society in London provided a timely summary of the work being done, as Ian Sheppard reports.
As for much of the aerospace sector, the need to make air transport greener is driving much of the research-and-development effort at GKN. For instance, explained chief technology officer Phil Grainger, GKN is working on a next-generation composite wing that would not need spars. This would obviously reduce airframe weight but production costs would actually rise because of the need to change the way the wings are assembled.