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Fly Green Fund launched to help kick-start sustainable jet fuel market in Nordic region

Tue, 2015-08-04 03:44
Tue 4 Aug 2015 - In efforts to kick-start a local sustainable jet fuel market, aviation and biofuel interests in the Nordic countries have launched the Fly Green Fund, which will enable organisations and individuals when taking flights to financially contribute towards the development of aviation biofuel supplies in the region. The fund's founders are Amsterdam-based sustainable aviation biofuel supplier SkyNRG, Karlstad Airport in Sweden, where the region’s first 'bioport' is expected to be established, and the Nordic Initiative on Sustainable Aviation (NISA). Launch partners include Swedavia, SAS, Braathens, KLM and EFS European Flight Service, a leading Scandinavian business aviation company. The fund was announced during a political week held annually in Sweden called Almedalen.
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Tech’s Enduring Great-Man Myth

Tue, 2015-08-04 00:00

The idea that particular individuals drive history has long been discredited. Yet it persists in the tech industry, obscuring some of the fundamental factors in innovation.

Since Steve Jobs’s death, in 2011, Elon Musk has emerged as the leading celebrity of Silicon Valley. Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors, which produces electric cars; the CEO of SpaceX, which makes rockets; and the chairman of SolarCity, which provides solar power systems. A self-made billionaire, programmer, and engineer—as well as the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in the Iron Manmovies—he has been on the cover of Fortune and Time. In 2013, he was first on the Atlantic’s list of “today’s greatest inventors,” nominated by leaders at Yahoo, Oracle, and Google. To believers, Musk is steering the history of technology. As one profile described his mystique, his “brilliance, his vision, and the breadth of his ambition make him the one-man embodiment of the future.”

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IAG intensifies digital push

Sun, 2015-08-02 12:28
British Airways owner sets up team to improve customer experience
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IAG intensifies digital push

Sun, 2015-08-02 12:28
British Airways owner sets up team to improve customer experience
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United Airlines signs up first corporate customer for its carbon offset programme

Fri, 2015-07-31 12:35
Fri 31 Jul 2015 - Wyndham Worldwide has become the launch partner for United Airlines' Eco-Skies CarbonChoice corporate carbon offset programme. This will enable the hospitality company to track and offset the emissions stemming from its business travel and freight shipments on United at the enterprise level. Participating customers in the programme receive customised carbon emissions reports and can purchase independently verified offsets, effectively allowing them to travel and ship carbon neutral, says United. Through United's partnership with Sustainable Travel International, the offsets enable participants to support projects designed to reduce greenhouse gases as well as provide social and economic benefits to communities where those projects are located.
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Q&A: The hunt for flight MH370

Fri, 2015-07-31 12:10
Will the discovery of wreckage solve the aviation mystery?
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Q&A: The hunt for flight MH370

Fri, 2015-07-31 12:10
Will the discovery of wreckage solve the aviation mystery?
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Lufthansa Group records good progress in fuel efficiency performance towards 2020 environmental goal

Fri, 2015-07-31 06:34
Fri 31 Jul 2015 - Absolute carbon emissions from airlines within the Lufthansa Group rose by 0.7 per cent to 27.8 million tonnes in 2014 as a result of increased operations but overall fuel efficiency in passenger transportation continued to improve, reaching a record 3.84 litres per 100 passenger kilometres (l/100 pkm). Specific fuel consumption has been steadily falling on an annual basis and the achievement in 2014 was a 1.6 per cent improvement on the previous year, and therefore ahead of the industry-wide 1.5 per cent short-term annual efficiency target. With jet fuel being its largest individual cost item, the Group last year set up a fuel efficiency unit as part of the new Operations Efficiency & Strategy department that aims to achieve even greater gains. With 272 aircraft expected to join the fleet over the next 10 years, the Group expects new models such as the Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-9X to bring specific fuel consumption down to the 3 litre mark.
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A 3-D Display for Your Car

Thu, 2015-07-30 18:00

A startup has built a glasses-free 3-D screen that’s much bigger than its previous prototype, bringing it a step closer to being built into gadgets (including the one in your driveway).

Your next car could have a 3-D dashboard—no glasses required.

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News and Updates - Four Corners of the Country

Thu, 2015-07-30 14:18

July 30- The July/August 2015 issue of FAA Safety Briefing highlights the many unique opportunities that general aviation flying enables in all four corners of our great nation. Articles in this issue help prepare pilots for what to expect when traveling outside their home airspace in terms of plan, pilot, and plane.

Feature articles in this issue include:

  • Its About the Journey Cultivating the Right Mindset (p 10),
  • Home Sweet Home And Beyond The Importance of Understanding Your Aviation Environment (p 13),
  • Taking Care of Yourself On the Road Flight Planning and Healthcare Tips for Cross-country Flying (p. 22)

In this issues Aeromedical Advisory department (p. 5), Federal Air Surgeon Dr. James Fraser updates us on the progress of Conditions AMEs Can Issue (CACI), while Checklist (p 21) highlights how the new Airman Certification Standards framework can help promote better preparation for cross-country flying. Also, Vertically Speaking (p 30) explores the dangers of distraction for rotorcraft pilots. And if youre headed to AirVenture this July, be sure to check out the FAA Forum schedule (p 7) for a list of WINGS credit eligible presentations. Among those presentations is the award ceremony for this years National GA Award Winners (p 26).

FAA Safety Briefing is the safety policy voice for the non-commercial general aviation community. The magazine's objective is to improve safety by:

  • making the community aware of FAA resources
  • helping readers understand safety and regulatory issues, and
  • encouraging continued training

Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter@FAASafetyBrief.

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Chinese tourists spurn SE Asia holidays

Sun, 2015-07-26 04:09
Politics and aviation disasters deter visitors to Philippines, Malaysia but trips to Japan surge
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Chinese tourists spurn SE Asia holidays

Sun, 2015-07-26 04:09
Politics and aviation disasters deter visitors to Philippines, Malaysia but trips to Japan surge
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US study finds link between climate and flight times results in higher fuel consumption and emissions

Fri, 2015-07-24 10:18
Fri 24 Jul 2015 - The contribution of emissions from commercial aviation to climate change has been widely researched, although uncertainties still remain over the warming impact of aircraft at altitude. But what effect may a warming planet have on air travel itself? Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts and the University of Wisconsin Madison believe they have found a connection between climate and longer airline flight times that adds significantly to fuel consumption and emissions. In turn, says WHOI's Kris Karnauskas, who led the study that has just been published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the consequent additional input of CO2 into the atmosphere can feed back and amplify emerging changes in atmospheric circulation. The study looked at every flight between Honolulu and three US West Coast airports over the past 20 years and compared data with flight times and daily wind speeds at cruising altitudes.
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ATR demonstrator starts flight testing of green regional aircraft technologies as part of Clean Sky initiative

Fri, 2015-07-24 04:18
Fri 24 Jul 2015 - The first flight has taken place of the 'green' ATR 72 Flying Demonstrator as part of a European Clean Sky programme to test new and more effective composite insulating materials and acoustic damping on regional aircraft. The demonstrator has been conceived by ATR and its joint shareholder Alenia Aermacchi, and an entire aluminium section of the upper fuselage on the test aircraft has been replaced with an innovative composite panel. Embedded in the panel is a layer to provide additional acoustic damping as well as two different technologies for structural health monitoring (SHM). The overall objective of the initiative, which is expected to include six flights, is to reduce aircraft weight, fuel consumption, noise and CO2 and NOx emissions in regional aircraft.
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FedEx joins Southwest as airline customers for Red Rock’s woody biomass to renewable jet fuel product

Thu, 2015-07-23 11:16
Thu 23 Jul 2015 - FedEx Express has agreed to purchase three million gallons of renewable jet fuel annually over eight years from Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels. This matches a similar agreement made in 2014 between the woody biomass to jet fuel company and Southwest Airlines. The two carriers will take Red Rock's total jet fuel production from its new refinery in Lakeview, Oregon, which is expected to come online in 2017 after construction starts later this year. Partly funded by a $70 million grant from the US Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy, the $200 million refinery will convert around 140,000 tonnes of locally-sourced woody biomass into 15 million gallons per year of renewable jet, diesel and naphtha fuels.
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E-Fan cross-Channel flight could herald a green future for hybrid-electric passenger aircraft

Thu, 2015-07-23 06:15
Thu 23 Jul 2015 - Following in the steps of Louis Bleriot's pioneering cross-Channel flight 106 years ago, the recent flight of Airbus Group's all-electric E-Fan technology demonstrator aircraft in the opposite direction - between Lydd Airport on England's south coast and Calais Airport - could herald a new era in green aviation travel. The E-Fan is a key element in the European aircraft manufacturer's electric aircraft roadmap towards achieving emission-free and almost noiseless flight and is targeting advanced technological breakthroughs that could one day bring hybrid-electric propulsion to passenger aircraft. While Airbus is now working towards commercialisation of two-seater and four-seater versions of the E-Fan, it is also collaborating in a long-term project with Rolls-Royce on a completely new regional aircraft design incorporating a radically more efficient electrical distributed propulsion system that would result in significantly lower fuel consumption, fewer emissions and less noise.
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Inside Amazon

Thu, 2015-07-23 00:00

Inside Amazon’s new fulfillment center in New Jersey, humans and robots work together in a highly efficient system.

Some of the secrets behind Amazon’s phenomenal success as an online retailer can be discovered inside a million-square-foot warehouse that sits amid bucolic scenery in the town of Robbinsville, New Jersey. The building is one of Amazon’s most advanced fulfillment centers, and it houses technologies that allow the company to deliver products to customers at amazing speed. Goods are identified, sorted, and packaged with computer-assisted precision, while employees work in tight collaboration with the plant’s automated systems in shifts that run around the clock.

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Drone users face jail amid safety concerns

Wed, 2015-07-22 08:18
Campaign by UK Civil Aviation Authority comes after latest near miss involving passenger jet
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Greek shipping fears talk of higher taxes

Fri, 2015-07-17 09:31
Shipowners consider other jurisdictions as Athens targets one of the country’s few strong sectors
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Air India hit with UK fine for failing to comply with Aviation EU ETS

Thu, 2015-07-16 12:59
Thu 16 Jul 2015 - Air India and four other aircraft operators have received civil penalties totalling £95,456 ($150,000) by the UK authorities for non-compliance with the Aviation EU ETS for the year 2012. They were deemed not to have surrendered sufficient allowances to cover their annual reportable emissions by the end of April 2013. Two of the operators have since come into compliance and surrendered allowances for the three years 2012-14 but on government instructions, Air India has so far refused to conform with the scheme. An Indian government official told GreenAir that it was unlikely the airline would pay the penalty and the issue would have to be dealt with at a diplomatic level. Another Indian airline that reports to the UK on the EU ETS, Jet Airways, recently lost an appeal against a similar fine but has since come into compliance and does not appear on the list of penalty notices.
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