March 26, 2021| 209 0

Bell commits to SAF blend for training fleet

Bell has begun using a 30% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its 20-strong training and customer demonstration fleet, as it bids to lower the environmental impact of general aviation. Although Bell supports approvals for use of up to 50% SAF in its helicopters, the US manufacturer says the lower ratio for its fleet is driven by the availab …

March 24, 2021| 200 0

Ryanair CEO Expects FAA Certification of 737 Max 200 This Week

Ryanair hopes the FAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will finalize the licensing process of the Boeing 737 Max 200 in the coming days, paving the way for Europe’s largest LCC to finally take delivery of its first example in April. Following a commitment for 100 airplanes in September 2014, the airline became the launch customer fo …

March 22, 2021| 86 0

New SAF from Food Waste Promises Net-Zero Emissions

A team of researchers at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a type of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) derived from food waste that promises to result in net-zero or even negative net emissions from airliners. The novel process, on which NREL scientists have worked for about five years, avoids the organic waste ferme …

March 22, 2021| 83 0

EasyJet CEO Questions Short-haul SAF Benefits

Sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) present a good solution for long-haul operators to reduce their carbon emissions, but short-haul carriers should invest in high-quality carbon offsets rather than SAFs because of the onset of zero-emissions technologies like electric and hydrogen, asserted the chief executive of EasyJet, Johan Lundgren. “SAFs and, i …

March 16, 2021| 81 0

UK NATS Records Day with No Westbound Transatlantic Tracks

UK NATS organized no westbound flight tracks across the North Atlantic for the first time since at least the 1960s on March 9 as it prepares to accelerate the possible disbandment of the Organized Track Structure (OTS) over the ocean in favor of Aerion’s satellite-based traffic surveillance, the air traffic control service provider said Tuesday. For …

March 8, 2021| 117 0

U.S. and EU Declare Truce over Boeing and Airbus Subsidies

U.S. and European Union (EU) trade representatives have been given four months to make a fresh start in resolving the long-running dispute over alleged illegal subsidies for their respective aerospace industries. Following a March 5 call between U.S. President Joe Biden and EU President Ursula von der Leyen, the two sides agreed to suspend more tha …