Gevo Signs Agreement For German SAF Production

By Graham Warwick Mar 01, 2021
Biofuel producer Gevo has signed a MOU with Germany’s HCS Group to build a renewable hydrocarbon facility in Speyer, Germany, which will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Emerging Technologies

Sustainability Report: Airlines Using More Innovative SAF Flights

By Linda Blachly Feb 27, 2021
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operated its first commercial flight using an admixture of 500 liters of sustainable synthetic kerosene.
Airlines & Lessors

EU Sets Up Clean Aviation Program To Develop New Technologies

By Helen Massy-Beresford Feb 24, 2021
The European Commission has launched a new partnership focusing on electric, hybrid and disruptive technologies which will build on Clean Sky 2 and contribute to a new breed of regional, short- and medium-haul aircraft that will fly by 2035.  
Airlines & Lessors

Airbus Ex-Leaders Advise Universal Hydrogen As Startup Lands New VC

By Michael Bruno Feb 19, 2021
Universal Hydrogen, a startup aiming to provide fuel systems and logistics for zero-emission commercial aviation, has landed former Airbus CEO Tom Enders as a strategic advisor and secured investment from Trucks Venture Capital.
Emerging Technologies

Fulcrum Plans Waste-To-Fuel SAF Plant In UK

By Graham Warwick Feb 17, 2021
Renewable fuel producer Fulcrum BioEnergy has partnered with refinery operator Essar Oil (UK) to build a facility in northwest England to convert municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel. 
Emerging Technologies

Neste Joins Finnish E-Fuel Research Project

By Graham Warwick Feb 17, 2021
Finland has launched a research project to reduce the cost of producing synthetic fuels, or e-fuels, using renewable electricity and sequestered carbon dioxide.
Emerging Technologies

French Aviation Players Put Out Call For Interest In Hydrogen

By Thierry Dubois Feb 11, 2021
Following Airbus’ drive to have a hydrogen-powered aircraft in service by 2035, several French players in commercial air transport have launched a “call for expressions of interest” centered on hydrogen use at airports.
Airports & Routes

GE Aviation and Etihad Pursue Cleaner, Greener Engine Goals

By Lindsay Bjerregaard Feb 11, 2021
GE Aviation has partnered with Etihad Airways on the launch of its 360 Foam Wash System, which it says provides both environmental and engine performance benefits.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Teardown, Parts Specialists Await Ramp Up In Buyers' Market

By Henry Canaday Feb 10, 2021
With the expectation that overall teardowns and part sales should increase in the second half of 2021, the actions of companies operating in the…
MRO

British Airways Invests In Sustainable Fuel Producer LanzaJet

By Graham Warwick Feb 09, 2021
British Airways is to invest in a sustainable aviation fuel plant to be built in the U.S. and anticipates receiving 7,500 metric tonnes a year of low-carbon jet fuel from the facility beginning at the end of 2022.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Dutch Airport Operator Backs Sustainable-Fuel Projects

By Graham Warwick Feb 09, 2021
Two projects have been announced in the Netherlands with the goal of producing carbon-neutral synthetic jet fuel using renewable energy.
Airports & Routes

New Startup Accelerator Eyes Aviation Sustainability

By Lindsay Bjerregaard Feb 03, 2021
Sustainable Aero Lab will explore development of new technologies to improve aviation’s impact on climate change—including initiatives developed within MRO.
Emerging Technologies

BluShift Claims First Commercial Biofuel-Powered Rocket Launch

By Michael Bruno Feb 01, 2021
Rocket startup BluShift Aerospace launched its inaugural commercial mission Jan. 31, claiming the titles of the first commercial launch of a rocket with a “bio-derived” fuel and the first commercial launch from Maine.
Commercial Space

DLR Developing Megawatt-Scale Fuel-Cell Propulsion For Regionals

By Graham Warwick Jan 29, 2021
German aerospace center DLR has launched development of a megawatt-scale hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion system for 40-60-seat regional aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Reaffirms ‘Conventional’ Next-Gen Aircraft Plan

By Guy Norris Jan 27, 2021
Contrasting Boeing’s strategic direction against that of Airbus, which in 2020 unveiled concepts for liquid hydrogen fueled zero emissions airliners for potential entry-into-service in 2035, company CEO Dave Calhoun said SAFs are “the only answer between now and 2050.”
Aircraft & Propulsion

Netherlands Eyes Efficiency Gains From Airspace Redesign

By Victoria Moores Jan 26, 2021
The Dutch cabinet has given preliminary support for a redesign of the Netherlands’ airspace, paving the way for more efficient operations from 2023.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Podcast: Tech Talk On How Universal Hydrogen Plans To Disrupt Aviation

By Graham Warwick Jan 22, 2021
Universal Hydrogen wants to enable zero-emissions commercial aviation by tacking the two biggest challenges: creating a distribution infrastructure and kick-starting demand for hydrogen.
Aerospace

Daily Memo: New Safran CEO Faces Short-Term Challenges, Future-Defining Decisions

By Thierry Dubois Jan 19, 2021
Olivier Andries has to helm the super-Tier 1 manufacturer as it navigates a still-turbulent environment while longer term Safran will have to offer new concepts to decarbonize commercial aviation.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Scottish Carrier Loganair Promises Sustainably Powered Islanders

By Alan Dron Jan 13, 2021
The Scottish regional carrier plans to use a new contract to provide air services for one of the UK’s most remote island groups as the setting for the introduction of sustainably powered aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Opinion: Leave Hydrogen For Dirigibles

Alan H. Epstein Jan 13, 2021
Sustainable alternative jet fuels are a better bet to meet aviation’s low-carbon challenge.
Program Management

Sustainable Alternatives For Aircraft Handling Tackle Adoption Hurdles

By Graham Warwick Jan 07, 2021
From electric and autonomous tow vehicles to a rail system, alternative approaches to aircraft ground handling come into focus.
Sustainability

European General Aviation Industry Embraces Electric Propulsion

By Graham Warwick Jan 07, 2021
From flight trainers to regional miniliners, European light aircraft manufacturers are moving to exploit propulsion electrification.
Aircraft & Propulsion

UK Joins In Funding ZeroAvia’s Hydrogen Fuel-Cell 19-Seater Plans

By Graham Warwick Dec 16, 2020
Startup ZeroAvia has raised $37.7 million in funding to develop a zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion system to power 19-seat regional airliners. 
Emerging Technologies

German Air Transport Sector Pledges Net Zero Emissions By 2050

By Jens Flottau Dec 14, 2020
Germany’s air transport sector committed to reaching net zero emissions as it rolled out its “masterplan climate protection” on Dec. 14., but tied the target to strong political support in replacing fleets and bringing synthetic fuels to market.
Airlines & Lessors

UK Defense Ministry Plans Sustainable Fuel Use

By Tony Osborne Dec 14, 2020
The UK is looking to use alternative, sustainable fuels for its combat aircraft and helicopters in a bid to lower carbon emissions.
Budget, Policy & Operations