First Emission Standards for Aviation Sector

by Judy Li

An interesting article by Jad Mouawad and Coral Davenport in the New York Times discusses the first binding limits on carbon dioxide emissions from the aviation sector. After more than six years of negotiations among the global aviation industry, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations’ aviation agency, announced the new rules on February 8. Continue reading

Can Aviation Help the Environment?

by Tyler Hoyle

LeapTech, is NASA’s latest project geared towards testing a different approach to powering flight. It has the potential to pave the way for low-carbon aviation. Rather than using a fossil fuel burning engine, LeapTech is a truck-plane hybrid, with 18 electric motors along its leading edge, each containing a small propeller. The small propellers are used to test the distributed propulsion in order to analyze if it has the potential to lead to the creation of energy efficient aircraft designs that would ultimately produce less pollution. Continue reading