You're probably familiar with the comments - “Airlines have enjoyed a free ride for too long – it’s time they paid the price for their role in climate destruction” and they're increasingly common in the media. There's a growing consensus on the need to tax aviation more in order to reduce emissions to achieve the goal of zero emissions by 2050.
EUROCONTROL have published their latest Think Paper - Does taxing aviation really reduce emissions? - the seventh in a series of thought-provoking papers, aimed at industry leaders and policy-makers and using exclusive EUROCONTROL aviation data.
One of the key objectives of the EU Green Deal is to allow economic growth while reducing net EU carbon emissions to zero by 2050, including a 90% reduction in transport emissions.
A couple of the paper's main findings are that while passenger numbers increased by 40% between 2009 and 2017, CO2 emissions only increased by 15%, and noise levels remained stable. And, that long-distance air traffic dominates aviation emissions, drives their evolution, and hence must be targeted if a reduction in CO2 emissions is to be achieved.
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FAB CE publishes updated version of its long-term strategy - FAB CE has published the latest version of its long-term strategy, for the years 2020-2030. The strategy document includes a mission, vision, and strategic objectives along with a high-level roadmap for its delivery.
Naviair appoints new COO - Thorsten Elkjær, aged 41, will take up the position as new COO of Naviair on 12 October 2020. He will be responsible for all operational activities in Naviair, including the air traffic control centres in Copenhagen and Nuuk and the towers at several Danish airports.
SE Oro navigacija - In some airports, the number of serviced flights grew three or even five times - During the third quarter of this year, the total number of flights in comparison to the same period in 2019 decreased by 60 percent. 32 thousand flights received services during July, August and September.
FAB CE experts progress work to investigate common CNS equipment procurement opportunities - Expert representatives from individual FAB CE air navigation service providers (ANSPs) have begun preliminary work to share infrastructure investment plans and seek common procurement opportunities as part of the work of the FAB CE Common Communications, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) Planning programme.
Inmarsat to support Cranfield University's new Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre with Honeywell - Inmarsat announced today that it will provide engineering support, communications services and equipment to Cranfield University’s Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) consortium, supported by Honeywell Aerospace.
Rohde&Schwarz CERTIUM VCS selected for Skyguide’s future voice communications system - Skyguide, the Swiss air navigation service provider, managing and monitoring Swiss airspace, will implement one of its future voice communications systems (VCS) under the umbrella of the skyC@T project. This new VCS will be a Swiss wide solution and will replace, depending on the options, four to seven legacy VCS.
ATC Tower Simulator for Qatar Civil Aviation Authority - Earlier this year, Micro Nav completed a project to design, deliver and commission a 360° 3D Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower simulator for Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) at Hamad International Airport, as well as a technical refresh of the existing ATC simulators by Micro Nav.
Menorca Airport selects Remote Tower System from KONGSBERG - Menorca Airport in Spain has selected KONGSBERG, along with Gesnaer Consulting and Avinor Air Navigation Services, to provide an advanced remote tower system for air traffic control.
Does taxing aviation really reduce emissions? | EUROCONTROL - This paper examines whether taxes on aviation fuel or air tickets, or equivalent measures, do effectively contribute to reducing aviation emissions. It assesses the degree to which aviation taxes could help reduce the aviation sectors CO2 emissions in the current COVID context, given the slow economic recovery; and it estimates the extent to which CO2 emissions goals could be met by decarbonising the aviation sector.
Reports and data
NAV CANADA reports September traffic figures - NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of September 2020, as measured in weighted charging units for enroute, terminal and oceanic air navigation services, in comparison to the last fiscal year.
Fraport Traffic Figures – September 2020: Passenger Levels Still Low - In September 2020, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) served some 1.1 million passengers – an 82.9 percent decline compared to the same month last year. Cumulative traffic at FRA during the January-to-September 2020 period fell by 70.2 percent.
UAV and UTM
ANSI seeks user input in survey on use of the standardisation roadmap for UAS - Unmanned airspace - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has issued a user survey to capture how companies, organizations, and agencies use the standardisation roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) version 2.0 which was published by the ANSI UAS standardisation collaborative (UASSC) in June 2020. Nearly a thousand people downloaded the roadmap and/or supported its development.
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