The air transport industry today is paying a lot of attention to growing public concern about the environmental issues of air pollution, noise and climate change. The past decade has witnessed rapid changes both in the regulations for controlling emissions and in the technologies used to meet these regulations. Considering the critical nature of the problem regarding the environmental footprint of aviation several organizations worldwide have focused their efforts through large collaborative projects such as Clean Sky Joint Technical Initiative (JTI). Clean Sky is a European public private partnership between the aeronautical industry and the European Commission. It will advance the demonstration, integration and validation of different technologies making a major step towards the achievement of the environmental goals set by ACARE (Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe). The ACARE Vision 2020 and associated Strategic Research Agendas (SRAs) have successfully steered European aeronautics research in recent years by setting the objectives of reducing CO2 by 50%, NOx by 80% and Noise by 50% compared to year 2000 . Ability to meet these challenges only is possible with a strong commitment to the vigorous evolution of technologies and achieving new breakthroughs. Over the last few years several alternatives have been proposed and most of them are long term solutions such as changing the aircraft and engine configurations and architectures. Hence all the manufacturers have started focusing and developing their strategies along the other possible options. The management of trajectory and mission is one of the key identified solutions found in achieving the above set goals and is a measure that can readily be implemented.
Last date updated on July, 2014