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According to Boeing’s 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, commercial aviation will require more than a million new pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians. As global aviation grows, Boeing projected that by 2032 the world will require 498,000 new commercial pilots and 556,000 new maintenance techs. Europe will continue to experience strong demand for new personnel by […]

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on 11 July to advance measures that promote advanced, environmentally sustainable biofuels and cap production of older, first-generation biofuels that have indirect land-use change (ILUC) effects because they substitute food cropland for fuel cropland. By a 43-26-1 vote, the committee endorsed the proposal to cap at 5.5 percent first-generation […]

Boeing has been demonstrating the next generation of sustainable aircraft during the Paris Air Show, Euractiv reported recently. During the show, Boeing announced the 787-10, the latest version of its Dreamliner series. “The 787-10 Dreamliner will be the most efficient jetliner in history,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes head Raymond L. Conner. “The 787-10 is 25 per […]

Boeing recently released a new video showcasing its ecoDemonstrator, an American Airlines Boeing 737-800 outfitted with advanced experimental equipment to test and measure technology that can reduce aviation’s environmental impact. The video demonstrates how the ecoDemonstrator draws on natural features in constructing the wing and the variable fan nozzle. EcoDemonstrator program manager David Akiyama highlighted Boeing’s study of the […]

The International Air Transport Association on 3 June endorsed a goal of carbon-neutral aviation industry growth after 2020 — a goal called “CNG2020″ put forward by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The IATA resolution emphasized the role that the aviation industry has played and is playing in pursuing sustainability, and it calls for national governments to work together […]

The proposal to address the issue of indirect land use change (ILUC) in European biofuel policy has advanced in the European Parliament, as MEP Corinne Lepage of France released her draft report in the Environment Committee. ILUC refers to unintended consequences of making biofuels—for example, if a policy preference for corn ethanol creates incentives for farmers to […]

On 26 February, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee adopted the Commission’s proposal to temporarily “stop the clock” on the enforcement of its aviation ETS for international flights with respect to 2012 emissions. Last year, carbon dioxide emissions from aviation began to be included in the ETS, but the implementation has been highly controversial. EU trading […]

In the quest for sustainability, the aviation industry is seeking to avoid unintended consequences—especially the unintended consequences of employing biofuels on a large scale. One kind of unintended consequence is known as ILUC, or “indirect land-use change”. When biofuels are produced on existing agricultural land, the demand for food and feed crops remains, and may lead to someone […]

Avoiding chemical imbalance

The aviation industry supports balanced and thoughtful regulation of chemicals—with a goal of across-the-board public safety. As the Competitiveness Council meets today, with Europe’s REACH regulations on the agenda, the industry hopes it will keep in mind that balanced approach. The EU REACH (short for review, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals) regulation came into force […]

Starting tomorrow, air traffic management (ATM) professionals, policy makers, and thought leaders from around the world will gather in Madrid for the first annual World ATM Congress, a new joint meeting of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). CANSO and ATCA together combine the private companies and […]

On 17 October 2012, the Climate Change Committee formally endorsed the Commission’s guidelines on “Biomass Issues in the EU ETS,” which are part of a series of documents intended to provide guidance to Member States on different aspects of the ETS Monitoring and Reporting Regulation. This includes guidance on how to implement – consistently across […]

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