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Weird and wonderful ways to reuse scrapped airliners

Instead of chatting to your office colleagues over a boring old desk partition, how about peering at them through an old aircraft window? This is just one of the innovative ways aircraft dismantling companies have come up with to recycle, reuse and resell scrapped aircraft to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. […]

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USDA & FAA join forces on aviation biofuel

The US Department of Agriculture has teamed up with the FAA on a five-year MoU aimed at developing biofuels in the USA for use in aviation. For full details, take a look at the USDA press release or read agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack’s speech unveiling the agreement, in which he says that the USDA and the FAA […]

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Aircraft recycling on a global scale

As part of my research for a feature I’m writing on aircraft recycling, I just got off the phone with Martin Fraissignes, executive director of the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA), who let it slip that a project is under consideration to find a way of recycling all those abandoned airliners that have been left […]

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The ins and outs of reducing contrail formation

Contrails could be reduced by 78% over the course of a year by taking actions such as changing altitude to avoid their formation, according to Ambeo CEO Frank Noppel, who focused on contrail formation as part of his phD at Cranfield University. However, this would lead to a 1% fuel burn penalty, which would lead […]

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EU-US stalemate over ETS continues despite ICAO deal

The simmering row between the European Union and the USA over the EU’s plan to include foreign carriers in its emissions trading scheme from 2012 is showing no signs of abating, despite the fact that ICAO has finally succeeded in getting its 190 member states to sign up to a global emissions reduction framework. And it all seems […]

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ICAO did it. Finally. Well, kind of…

You know that elusive global framework on reducing emissions from aviation that we’ve all been hammering on about? Well, ICAO has gone and got its 190 member states to agree to a roadmap for cutting emissions between now and 2050. So, is agreeing to a roadmap the same as agreeing to a framework? Is this […]

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Has Clean Sky cleaned away the red tape?

Europe’s Clean Sky research effort came under fire last year for excessive levels of bureaucracy. So, have things improved? The initiative’s co-ordinating project officer Giuseppe Pagnano told me recently that issues over red tape have been “completely overcome”. This is a bold claim – bolder than the response I got from Erich Steinhardt, senior VP technology […]

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Open rotor: A load of hot air or a greener solution?

During my research for the feature I’ve just written for Flight International on the greener engine technology under development in Europe’s Clean Sky initiative, I was told more than once that the open rotor could be a game changer when it comes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from aviation. With the open rotor’s ability to reduce CO2 emissions by […]

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Deadline looms for ICAO global emissions framework

Tick tock, tick tock. Only four days to go until we find out whether the ICAO 37th Assembly in Montreal resulted in a global framework for reducing emissions from aviation. Conclusions will be presented on 8th October. Here’s IATA’s final plea, in which it points out that if no agreement is reached this time around, […]

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Sasol conducts first 100% synthetic fuel flight

Busy day here so forgive the briefness of this blog, but here’s the initial story I just wrote on South African energy company Sasol flying a Boeing 737 entirely on synthetic fuel derived from coal for the first time. It’s not going to save the world as it’s still reliant on burning fossil fuels, but […]

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