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June 10, 2009
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American Airlines to Test Fuel-saving Technology
from the Fort Worth Business Press
Using a Paris-to-Miami flight this week, American Airlines will be the first U.S. carrier to test next generation technology and procedures to prove that long trans-Atlantic flights can be green and fuel efficient. The test flight, which will be conducted as part of the Fort Worth-based airline's normal operations, is part of the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions. More

Virgin Tests Engine Wash Effluent Collection
from Aviation Week
Virgin Atlantic completed the first customer trial of GE Aviation's new ClearCore engine wash effluent collection system on CF6-80C2 engines powering a Boeing 747-400. Virgin used its own Juniper front-end engine wash system, with GE's back-end effluent collection equipment to complete the test at London Heathrow. This wash is part of an OnPoint service accord with GE. More

Airline Industry Eyes Emissions Standards
from ClimateWire via The New York Times
A group of foreign airlines will propose a plan to curb the aviation industry's emissions, hoping to help negotiators reach agreement on one of many friction points in global climate change talks. The plan suggests a cap-and-trade scheme for the airline sector, requiring airlines from all countries to have permits that cover their emissions. As in other cap-and-trade policies, airlines that have excess credits could sell them to others. Airlines would also be allowed to buy credits from international carbon markets, such as the European Union's Emission Trading Scheme. More

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Levy on International Air Travel Could Fund Climate Change Fight
from The Guardian newspaper
Britain and other rich countries will be asked to accept a compulsory levy on international flight tickets and shipping fuel to raise billions of dollars to help the world's poorest countries adapt to combat climate change. The suggestions come at the start of the second week in the latest round of UN climate talks in Bonn, where 192 countries are starting to negotiate a global agreement to limit and then reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The issue of funding for adaptation is critical to success but the hardest to agree. More

Bird Strike that Downed Plane was by Migratory Species
from CNN
You can blame it on out-of-towners. Smithsonian Institution scientists say it was migratory Canada geese − and not resident Canada geese − that caused US Airways Flight 1549 to ditch in New York's Hudson River on Jan. 15. More specifically, it was at least two female and one male geese flying at approximately 2,900 feet that got sucked into the two engines of the Airbus A320, disabling both engines and causing one of the more spectacular water landings in aviation history. More

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Utah Algae Could Fuel U.S. Fighter Jets
from the Salt Lake Tribune
One by one, Col. Jack Kelley set up the hurdles. For the Air Force to ease away from its 700 million-gallon-a-year reliance on foreign oil, it needs a substitute that performs as well as kerosene-based jet fuel, known as JP-8. The new fuel would have to withstand extreme weather conditions, be usable without major modifications to jets and under a new federal law, emit less carbon dioxide. And the way Kelley sees it, there's only one synthetic fuel in development that promises to meet all of those conditions: an algae-based compound being studied by Utah State University's Energy Laboratory's Center for Biofuels. More

Kansas City International Airport Program Nets Award for Leadership in Recycling
from Reuters
Some of the world's largest airlines called for the industry to set global emissions targets as part of efforts to include aviation in a broader climate agreement at the end of the year. The seven airlines, including Air France/KLM and British Airways, along with international NGO The Climate Group, have backed a range of emissions reduction targets for negotiators involved in U.N.-backed climate talks to consider. More

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Airlines Call for CO2 Targets, Climate Fund
from The Sun Tribune
After four years of building the program, the Kansas City Aviation Department won statewide recognition last month for its recycling efforts. The aviation department’s recycling committee was given the 2009 award for Outstanding Leadership in Recycling by the Missouri Recycling Association — a statewide nonprofit dedicated to waste reduction and recycling efforts — for its efforts to push recycling at the Kansas City International Airport. More

Review of FAA Guidance for Quantifying Speciated Organic Gas Emissions from Airport Sources
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is soliciting peer review comments for the "Guidance for Quantifying Speciated Organic Gas Emissions from Airport Sources" draft. Once this is finalized, the document will be posted on FAA’s website for reference and use by the stakeholder community.

This guidance identifies the means for compliance with FAA's Order 1050.1E policy regarding the preparation of airport-related emissions inventories of speciated gas (OG)2 emissions, including hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). This guidance document refers to, and incorporates from, the aircraft-related documentation that the FAA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon finalize.

If you would like to review the draft, please state your interest to Leslie Riegle by June 15th.

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The Philadelphia International Airport invites you to make your plans now to attend the 81st Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition, scheduled for June 14-17, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! This historic city will be our host for the best airport industry conference around! The AAAE annual conference always attracts more than 2,500 airport and aviation professionals, including airport executives; airport and aviation suppliers and vendors; airline personnel, and representatives from FAA, TSA and DHS. Four days of discussions revolving around the current state of affairs of the airport industry will be supplemented by an exhibit hall with over 250 vendors ready to assist the industry in meeting its challenges with their products and services.

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