Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) released a report on the main challenges impeding the sustainable growth of civil aviation in the US and around the world. AIA believes the challenges can be met through government-industry cooperation, collaborative strategies and pragmatic policies. The report identifies safely expanding the capacity of the US airspace system and addressing growing environmental and energy concerns as the two most significant challenges facing civil aviation today and in the foreseeable future.
Recommendations in the report include:
- Design and implement a cash-for-carbon programme to fund NextGen aircraft;
- Establish a mechanism for addressing the issue of Federal Aviation Administration ground infrastructure consolidation and modernisation;
- Ensure industry has significant involvement in addressing NextGen/SESAR harmonisation challenges;
- Better leverage international forums like ICAO to create comprehensive global environmental standards. [more]
AIA: “The civil aviation industry is firmly committed to sustainable growth through environmental stewardship – but we cannot do it alone. Governments must commit the necessary resources to implement 21st century air traffic management systems that complement and enhance private sector efforts. Enabling the commercial viability and availability of sustainable biofuels for aviation use is one of our top priorities ... We expect to see more feedstocks and more processing methods become viable in the coming years,” Marion C Blakey, President and CEO. Source: AIA, 15-Sep-2010.