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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    Sustainable (Green) Aviation


    The titles “Sustainable Aviation” or “Green Aviation” are recently being used with increasing frequency to address the technological and socioeconomic issues facing the aviation industry to meet the environmental challenges of twenty-first century. Air travel continues to experience the fastest growth among all modes of transportation, especially due to many fold increase in demand in major developing nations and emerging economies of Asia and Africa. It is forecasted that by 2025, 27,200 new airplanes worth $2.7 trillion would be needed. As a result of threefold increase in air travel by 2025, it is estimated that the total CO2 emission due to commercial aviation may reach between 1.2 billion tonnes to 1.5 billion tonnes annually by 2025 from its current level of 670 million tonnes. The amount of nitrogen oxides around airports, generated by aircraft engines, may rise from 2.5 million tonnes in 2000 to 6.1 million tonnes by 2025. The number of people who may be seriously affected by aircraft noise may rise from 24 million in 2000 to 30.5 million by 2025. Therefore there is urgency to address the problems of emissions and noise abatement through technological innovations in design and operations of the commercial aircraft. Therefore the environmental issues such as noise, emissions and fuel consumption, for both airplane and airport operations, have become important for energy and environmental sustainability. This short course provides an overview of issues related to air transportation and its impact on environment followed by topics dealing with emissions and noise mitigation by technological solutions including new aircraft and engine designs/technologies, alternative fuels and materials, and operational improvements/changes. The ground infrastructure for sustainable aviation, including the concept of ‘Sustainable Green Airport Design’ is also covered. The integrated Aircraft/Engine/Operations analysis tools for Environmental Performance Studies of various aircrafts are also presented. Finally the topics related to climate policy for civil aviation, including the economic analysis models with environmental, are covered.

    Who Should Attend

    This course is intended for Graduate students and faculty, practicing engineers and technical leaders.

    Why Attend

    Learn about the following topics:


    • Air Transportation and Environment
    • Green Aircraft and Engine Technologies for Reducing the Fuel Burn & Noise
    • Alternative Aviation Fuels (Biofuels) & Materials
    • Operational Improvements (NextGen ATM, Air-to-Air Refueling, Formation Flying, Tailored Arrivals)
    • Integrated Analysis Tools to Model the Economic & Environmental Impact of Aviation
    • Sustainable Green Airports