Pipe: Aviation

HK tycoon Li brushes off China criticism

Tue, 2015-09-29 13:52
Series of asset sales interpreted by some outlets as sign of fading confidence in mainland

On the Edge of Automation

Mon, 2015-09-28 00:00

Five hundred years from now, says venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, less than 10 percent of people on the planet will be doing paid work. And next year?

As a founding partner at the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson and a board member at SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Steve Jurvetson spends a lot of time thinking about the future, often the distant future. One of Elon Musk’s biggest backers—Jurvetson boasts that he owns the first Tesla production Model S—he was also a founding investor in Hotmail, the precursor to Microsoft Outlook, and sits on the board of Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics, the constructor of the first synthetic cell.


Industry and governments must do more to reduce the rapid growth in aviation emissions, finds study

Fri, 2015-09-25 06:05
Fri 25 Sep 2015 - Despite advances, there is a large untapped potential for fuel efficiency gains that would cut costs and reduce emissions in the aviation sector, finds an aviation and shipping study by the New Climate Economy, a flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Saving fuel has major economic benefits as well as reducing emissions and the paper cites the example of American Airlines, which has invested $300 million in efficiency measures since 2005 while saving $1.5 billion in fuel costs. Aviation and shipping now produce 5 per cent of global carbon emissions and by 2050 that share could rise to 32 per cent, and this fast growth could undermine global efforts to keep warming under 2 degrees C, warn the authors. Progress within both the international civil aviation and shipping UN agencies ICAO and IMO needs to be dramatically accelerated, says the Global Commission.

Acceleration of fuel efficiency programme helps Qantas make up ground on environmental target

Thu, 2015-09-24 13:03
Thu 24 Sep 2015 - The fuel efficiency of the Qantas Group - which includes low-fares carrier Jetstar - has improved 5 per cent overall since 2009, which is below the Group's own target of an average 1.5 per cent improvement per year. However, says the airline in its latest Annual Review, progress in better performance is expected with continued fleet renewal and ongoing fuel burn reduction initiatives. As part of the Qantas Transformation programme, the airline has accelerated an existing fuel efficiency and optimisation programme that helped reduce total carbon emissions by 2.1 per cent during the Group's 2014/15 financial year. The average age of the fleet has been reduced from 7.9 years in 2012/13 to a current 7.7 years, and from 2017 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will start to replace older 747s on international routes. Qantas believes that over the longer term, biofuels present the biggest opportunity to achieve major reductions in carbon emissions.

Fuel efficiency and emissions reporting software company Aviaso acquired by Honeywell Aerospace

Thu, 2015-09-24 08:03
Thu 24 Sep 2015 - Fuel efficiency and emissions savings software provider Aviaso has been acquired by global aerospace company Honeywell. The former privately held company was founded in 2007, employs 40 people in Zurich and Sofia, Bulgaria, and has around 20 airline clients, mostly in Europe. Its products gather data on aircraft usage in order to identify and communicate ways airline customers can save fuel consumption through an intuitive software interface. The company also provides software for emissions reporting, as well as consulting for fuel efficiency and emissions management. Honeywell says the acquisition will strengthen its product portfolio as well as broadening its presence in Europe. Rival fuel efficiency software company ETS Aviation was acquired by Boeing last year and integrated within its Jeppesen UK subsidiary.

Industry, NGOs and governments to discuss global aviation environmental and climate issues at Geneva meeting

Thu, 2015-09-24 06:03
Thu 23 Sep 2015 – The aviation industry gathers next week in Geneva for the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, hosted by the cross-sector Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). The conference will look ahead to the December UNFCCC climate negotiations in Paris and the impact the outcome might have in the lead up to the next ICAO Assembly in little over a year's time, when countries are hoping to reach a global agreement on a market-based measure (MBM) to address international aviation emissions. It will also tackle a range of other environmental issues such as sustainable alternative aviation fuels, aircraft noise, new technologies and emerging environmental Issues. Keynote speakers include Solar Impulse CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg and Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the ICAO Council.

Materials Could Capture CO2 and Make It Useful

Thu, 2015-09-24 00:00

Novel molecular structures are a first step toward economical carbon capture at a wide scale.

Although progress has been made in limiting carbon emissions in some countries, particularly in Europe and North America, it’s clear that finding ways to capture carbon dioxide from smokestacks—or from the atmosphere—is becoming increasingly imperative. Available systems dramatically increase the cost of electricity from plants equipped with the technology. And what to do with all that carbon dioxide after it’s separated remains problematic.


Carbon CaptureMaterials Could Capture CO2 and Make It Useful

Thu, 2015-09-24 00:00

Novel molecular structures are a first step toward economical carbon capture at a wide scale.

Although progress has been made in limiting carbon emissions in some countries, particularly in Europe and North America, it’s clear that finding ways to capture carbon dioxide from smokestacks—or from the atmosphere—is becoming increasingly imperative. Available systems dramatically increase the cost of electricity from plants equipped with the technology. And what to do with all that carbon dioxide after it’s separated remains problematic.


Uber presses New York yellow-cab rival

Mon, 2015-09-21 06:21
Medallion Financial considers exit from public markets as its value plunges

New aircraft fuel efficiency improvements return to historical average but lag ICAO fuel burn goals, finds ICCT report

Fri, 2015-09-18 13:50
Fri 18 Sep 2015 - Despite progress in aircraft fuel efficiency performance, airframe and engine manufacturers are currently lagging behind goals established at ICAO for medium and long term technology advances in fuel burn reduction, according to analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). The environmental research NGO has undertaken a study into the fuel efficiency improvement of commercial jet aircraft from 1960 to 2014 and has found the rate of improvement to vary greatly over the period. The biggest gains were made during the 1980s, when average annual fuel efficiency improved by 2.6 per cent, whereas little or no improvement was seen during the 1970s and in the period from 1995 to 2005. Overall, the average fuel burn of new aircraft between 1968 and 2014 reduced by a compound annual reduction rate of 1.3 per cent and with new aircraft types coming to market, the short term trend is a return to the historical average, predicts ICCT.

Partnerships are a key driver to achieving international aviation climate goals, says new ICAO Secretary General

Thu, 2015-09-17 13:48
Thu 17 Sep 2015 - With the expected future growth in aviation traffic, it is essential to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy the wide-ranging benefits of air transport tomorrow on an environmentally sustainable basis, said ICAO's new Secretary General, Dr Fang Liu, in a keynote address yesterday to an environmental seminar held by the UN civil aviation agency. The seminar is taking place in advance of a major UN summit in New York next week that is expected to adopt global Sustainable Development Goals effective from 2016, and sessions of the seminar have been aligned to the appropriate goals. The event has also been planned to showcase actions by the international aviation sector to reduce emissions ahead of the forthcoming Paris COP climate conference. Former ICAO Council President Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez told delegates that international aviation CO2 emissions were projected to grow by more than four times over the next 30 years unless urgent action was taken under all of ICAO's 'basket of measures'.

A Japanese Robot Is Learning the American Way

Wed, 2015-09-16 00:00

Developed for cute-centric Japan, a robot called Pepper is getting a personality adjustment for its launch in the United States.

In certain Japanese stores, Pepper the robot greets customers with a giggle, a polite bow, and a short song. When Pepper debuts in the United States, sometime in the next year, it is more likely to offer a fist bump and a sarcastic comeback.


First flight imminent as South African tobacco crop to jet biofuel project earns RSB sustainability approval

Mon, 2015-09-14 08:41
Mon 14 Sep 2015 - The South African 'Project Solaris' initiative that is developing an energy-rich tobacco crop for use as a feedstock for producing aviation biofuel has been awarded certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The project, formally launched in late 2014, has involved RSB from the start so as to ensure its standards have been incorporated into all aspects of the supply chain to ensure environmental and social sustainability. The patented nicotine-free and GMO-free Solaris oil seed is owned by Italian company Sunchem Holdings, and the other main partners in project - Boeing, SkyNRG and South African Airways (SAA) - are planning to use first quantities of jet biofuel produced from the crop within the next few months on a flight between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Sunchem is also planning to launch a similar supply chain in Italy to produce sustainable jet biofuel.

Las Vegas opens door to Uber and Lyft

Fri, 2015-09-11 17:44
Millions of tourists make city one of US’s biggest ride-hailing markets

Week in Review, September 12

Fri, 2015-09-11 14:14
Glencore gets defensive; United, M&A activity and more

Week in Review, September 12

Fri, 2015-09-11 14:14
Glencore gets defensive; United, M&A activity and more

Miami International embarks on major $32m two-year energy efficiency project

Fri, 2015-09-11 13:32
Fri 11 Sep 2015 - Miami International Airport (MIA) has launched what it claims to be one of the largest energy-saving programmes ever undertaken in Florida and the eastern United States. Over the next two years, the project will spend $32 million on installing air conditioning and ventilation upgrades, water conservation retrofits, energy-efficient lighting and other green initiatives. It is expected to result in savings of more than $40 million in utility costs over the 14 years of an agreement with Florida-based FPL Services and is part of a commitment to reduce the airport's annual carbon footprint by 20 per cent and water consumption by 28 million gallons. Meanwhile, Dallas-Fort Worth has been newly certified at Level 3 Optimisation under the industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, the highest level so far achieved by a North American airport.

FAA awards $100 million in next CLEEN phase to aid development of green aircraft and biofuel technologies

Thu, 2015-09-10 12:28
Thu 10 Sep 2015 - The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has marked the launch of the second phase of its Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN II) programme by awarding $100 million to eight companies to develop and demonstrate technologies that reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise. The companies are expected to match or exceed the FAA's investment and so bring the total CLEEN II funding to in excess of $200 million. One of the goals of the second phase is to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in fuel burn relative to the most efficient aircraft in service during the year 2000 and the FAA anticipates that technologies developed under the programme will be on a path for introduction into commercial aircraft by 2026.

News and Updates - Comment Period for Southern CA Metroplex Extended

Tue, 2015-09-08 23:44

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Southern California Metroplex project by an additional 30 days. The comment period will now run until midnight on Oct. 8.

The latest extension allows for a full 120 days of comment on the proposed project. The FAA previously extended the comment period by 60 days in July.

The agency also has installed new features on the project website that allow people to look up current and projected flight tracks, as well as current and modeled noise levels, in their local communities using Google Earth. Additionally, the website now includes visual depictions of noise corridors and more information about all of the proposed procedures, including the latitudes and longitudes of all waypoints. This information is available under Supplemental Materials on the project website-

The Southern California Metroplex project is a comprehensive proposal to improve the flow of air traffic into and out of Southern California by making the airspace safer and more efficient. It proposes to replace dozens of existing conventional air traffic procedures with new satellite-based procedures, which are a key component of the FAAs Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The Metroplex proposal encompasses most of Southern California and includes six major airports.

The FAA released the Draft EA for the project on June 10, 2015 for public review and comment and held 11 public workshops in Southern California communities between June 16 and July 1, 2015. The Draft EA considers the potential environmental impacts of the project.

The Draft EA is available online and at selected libraries throughout the General Study Area. Copies of the Draft EA and supporting materials are available at the following locations:

Online at:

Hard copies are available at these libraries:

  • Anaheim Public Library, Anaheim
  • Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles
  • San Diego Central Library, San Diego
  • E.P. Foster Library, Ventura
  • Santa Barbara Central Library
  • Riverside Public Library, Riverside
  • Santa Monica Public Library, Santa Monica
  • Point Loma Public Library, San Diego

Electronic versions of the Draft EA are available at 40 libraries. A complete list of libraries with electronic copies of the Draft EA is available on line at:

Point of Contact: Ian Gregor


News and Updates - FAA to Rise to the Cloud

Fri, 2015-08-28 14:38

The Federal Aviation Administration will soon be floating in the Cloud and benefitting from advanced computing solutions through a partnership with leading companies in the Cloud industry. After a careful process, the agency has announced that CSC Government Solutions will lead an overall integration effort that will also include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and other leading Cloud providers.

The $108 million, 10-year contract will enable the FAA to take advantage of Cloud technologies such as Software As-A-Service, Platform As-A-Service, Infrastructure As-A-Service and Colocation in a highly secure and resilient environment.

Being in the Cloud will give the FAA on-demand, pay-per-use computing and data storage over a secure FTI connection. The move away from FAA-owned data centers to outsourced locations will increase efficiencies and flexibility while saving time and money all while making information-sharing much easier. The FAA can now purchase IT as-a-service rather than buying expensive facilities and hardware that quickly becomes outdated. The agency will be able to keep up with industry standards and innovate on a much larger scale.

The program will be rolled out in phases over the next year or so. Work will start immediately to assess all existing applications and determine which ones are suitable for the Cloud. Once the infrastructure is established, the FAA will start to migrate systems into the Cloud environment. When the agency is on the Cloud, users will be able to store and access information from any location at any time on approved devices with an Internet connection.