AeroSea Carpet of Calhoun, Ga. (Booth No. 4009) is making its NBAA convention debut, introducing its new, densely woven New Zealand wool products: Airstream, Runway, Diamonds and Tiger. The contemporary and transitional designs feature AeroSea’s hand-embossed technique.
With oil prices and financial markets so unstable, one could easily assume that global warming and alternative fuels are far from the minds of most aircraft operators. However, achieving sustainable growth in the aviation industry was the focus of a recent “Greener by Design” lecture hosted by London’s Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).
Buyers looking for 100 to 200 hours of lift per year might be interested in a program called OwnershipPlus from Contrail Aviation of Baltimore. Contrail is guaranteeing a specific number of charter hours on a whole aircraft bought from the company and put into the program. “In most cases, the program is cash-flow positive for the owner,” according to Contrail.
Dr. John Green, who chairs the science and technology sub-group of industry environment group Greener by Design, would like to outlaw the sale of aircraft that are capable of ranges greater than 3,000 nm.
His reason is a compelling one. As he told last week’s NACRE conference in London, flying 8,000 nm in three hops instead of one uses just half the fuel. “So why aren’t people doing it,” he wondered.
A new NASA study claims that man-made cirrus clouds formed by commercial jet engine exhaust might be responsible for increased surface temperatures detected in the U.S. between 1975 and 1994.
Climate data shows that cirrus cloud cover over the U.S. has increased by 1 percent per decade, and the report says the rise is likely due to commercial air traffic.