Sustainable Aviation: Challenges, Design Implications, Recent Advancements, Noise, Emissions, Alternative Fuels, Electric Aircraft, and Emerging Technologies

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Instructed by Dr. Marty Bradley

  • New expanded course covers all of the most important and relevant topics in Sustainable Aviation
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course

In this course, participants learn about the history and current developments in sustainable aviation. Participants will learn the about the various topics related to sustainable aviation that include noise, alternative fuels (biofuels, synthetic fuels, methane, alcohols, and hydrogen), and lifecycle environmental impact and analysis. The possible advantages and challenges of each type of alternative fuel will be discussed. A practical overview of Electric Aircraft Design will also be presented.


  • Identify the definition and key elements of Sustainable Aviation
  • Identify noise sources and aircraft noise requirements
  • Understand the promises and challenges of different types of alternative fuels and electric aircraft
  • Understand the concept of environment lifecycle assessment and how it can be applied to aircraft systems
  • Know about recent developments in Sustainable Aviation

This course is intended for engineers with a background in aerospace engineering who are interested in learning about key aspects of Sustainable Aviation.

Course Information:

Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
Course Length: 2 days
AIAA CEU's available: Yes

This course is also available on-demand.


  • Introduction
    • Benefits of aviation
    • What is sustainable aviation?
  • Noise
    • Noise requirements
    • Noise sources and mitigation
  • Emissions
    • Climate and energy
    • Contrails
    • CO2
    • Air Pollution
    • Advanced Technologies
  • Fuels:
    • Chemistry
    • Biofuels and synthetic jet fuel
    • Ethanol
    • Methane / natural gas
    • Hydrogen
    • Sample Exercises
  • Electric Aircraft
    • Benefits and challenges
    • Electric and hybrid electric propulsion architectures
    • Batteries
    • Performance example
    • Infrastructure
  • Wrap Up
    • Recent developments in the news
    • Technology matrix comparisons


Dr. Marty Bradley
 is an AIAA Fellow and recently retired Technical Fellow for The Boeing Company. He has 38 years of aerospace experience and is now a consultant and instructor focused on sustainable aviation and electric aircraft.

Marty has led projects related to electric and hybrid electric aircraft, advanced concepts and technologies, propulsion integration for advanced technologies, alternative fuels, and aviation environmental life cycle analysis. He was the Principal Investigator for the NASA-funded SUGAR study looking at advanced technologies for future commercial aircraft in the 2030-2050 timeframe. He has been working on Sustainable Aviation for more than 20 years, long before it was popular.

He has a B.S., M.S., & Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and teaches their Aircraft Design capstone engineering course.


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