Aviation X Lab wants to redesign the future of aviation

Aviation X Lab, an aviation-specific incubator that brings together Airbus, Collins Aerospace, Emirates, GE Aviation and Thales under one roof, was recently unveiled at Area 2071 and established a long-term partnership among the five industry giants. It invites startups, innovators, academics, NGOs, activists and companies worldwide to participate in problem solving. Continue reading “Aviation X Lab wants to redesign the future of aviation” »

Ruinous price war in the sky – Airlines serve greed and irresponsibility of consumers

Quickly and cheaply jetting somewhere has serious consequences/photo: tz.de, Munich Airport, Terminal 2

 

Serving the irresponsibility and the greed of consumers for ever cheaper ticket offers, to quickly jet somewhere at the weekend, to fly domestic routes, has further dramatic not only ecological but also economic consequences for the airlines itselves.

On the morning of 30 July, the Lufthansa share fell by up to seven per cent to its lowest level for two years. The discount battle with airline tickets Continue reading “Ruinous price war in the sky – Airlines serve greed and irresponsibility of consumers” »

Lufthansa does not feel a “Greta effect”

Prices below 10 euros per flight are economically and ecologically and also politically irresponsible says Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr/Foto: Lufthansa

“We do not currently see any restraint – on the contrary,” Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr told the Neue Züricher Zeitung (NZZ) on 14 July in an interview on the question of a possible Greta effect. The Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg is the initiator of the worldwide student protests, which also blame the growing number of flights for climate change. Continue reading “Lufthansa does not feel a “Greta effect”” »

“Flight shame” – expression of a bad conscience

Image: COP21

Air traffic has come under fire in the discussion about climate protection, also through “Fridays for Future”. Among other things, French President Emmanuel Macron called for kerosene to be taxed throughout Europe. In an interview with Zeit online, the CEO of the Federal Association of the German Air Transport Industry (BDL) said that air traffic is already bearing its full costs for society. This is not true, writes energy economist Sebastian Timmerberg in a guest article for Zeit online and calls for a kerosene tax. Continue reading ““Flight shame” – expression of a bad conscience” »

Kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2

Solaranlage SUN-to-LIQUID zur Herstellung von Kerosin/Foto: DLR

The conversion from fossil to renewable fuels is one of the most important challenges of the future. The “SUN-to-LIQUID” project, funded by the European Union and Switzerland, was the first to produce solar kerosene. The production of renewable kerosene from water and CO2 is made possible by concentrated sunlight. Continue reading “Kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2” »

First European factory for biokerosene

Visualization of the plant in Delfzijl: 100,000 tons of fuel per year/photo: aero telegraph

 

In 2022, the first European factory for biokerosene starts operations in the Netherlands. KLM undertakes to purchase the majority of its production. Continue reading “First European factory for biokerosene” »

Today’s communication between pilots and air traffic controllers: stone-age?

The work of air traffic controllers will in future be gradually replaced by artificial intelligence says Carl-Herbert Rokitansky/Photo: FlickR

The computer scientist Carl-Herbert Rokitansky speaks of “Stone Age´” when one considers that the communication between air traffic controllers and pilots is still analogous today. Rokitansky, who was involved in the development of the Internet as a young researcher at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), now heads the Aerospace Research Group at the University of Salzburg, after working on the development of mobile radio networks and the construction of automatic truck tolling systems on motorways. Continue reading “Today’s communication between pilots and air traffic controllers: stone-age?” »

The future of the airways

Photo: sesarju

Flying should become even faster and more environmentally friendly, and more flights will be flown on direct routes in the future and detours will be abolished. In Salzburg, the SESAR INNOVATION DAYS, an EU congress of aviation experts from all over the world, has been taking place from 3-7 December.
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Kerosene discharge: New Study about the effects on environment

Contrails are water vapor clouds that arise from the condensation of moist air//Foto: dpa

There is no kerosene discharge in regular flight operations, although one reads or hears about it, supported by the observation of contrails. These are water vapor clouds that arise from the condensation of moist air. But there are exceptional cases in which aircraft land unexpectedly due to an emergency and need to drain fuel for safety reasons. A study commissioned by the German Federal Environmental Agency and the German Federal Government is now investigating possible effects on the environment. Continue reading “Kerosene discharge: New Study about the effects on environment” »

Hidden treasures under Lima 608, Quebec 102 and Mike 984

Saukaralm, National Park Hohe Tauern/Foto: NPHT

The air routes, Lima 608 ‘, Quebec 102’ and ‘Mike 984’ lead across one of the most beautiful regions of the Eastern Alps, over a piece of Europe, which has largely remained untapped, over a piece of untouched nature, over the National Park Hohe Tauern.

In times like these, it will be more and more important to work together to achieve success for our mother earth, said Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on June the 1st  after the announcement of Donald Trump’s exit from the Paris agreement. We need this Paris agreement to keep our creation. Nothing can and will stop us. “ Continue reading “Hidden treasures under Lima 608, Quebec 102 and Mike 984” »