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Death, taxes, and supersonic aircraft? Considering what’s certain, and what isn’t, under the FAA Reauthorization Act

There’s an old saw, most famously attributed to Benjamin Franklin, that nothing in life is certain but death and taxes. More recently, some have argued that the return of commercial supersonic flight...Despite a nod to supersonic aircraft in the new FAA reauthorization, CO2 and noise standards are still uncertain.
Published 2018.10.10: Blog Post

Reviving supersonic flight would likely have significant harmful environmental consequences, new analysis shows

New supersonic aircraft could burn 5 to 7 times more fuel than standard aircraft and exceed CO2 emission limits by 70% The re-introduction of supersonic transport aircraft (SST) into commercial...
Published 2018.07.17: News

U.S. Domestic Airline Fuel Efficiency Ranking

Two studies will be discussed: the original 2010 benchmark study, and the more recent 2011/2012 update. Collectively, the studies provide the first apples-to-apples comparison of airline efficiency...
Published 2014.05.21: Event

Planes by the pound in a carbon-constrained world

One of the more interesting phrases we’ve come across in aviation is selling “planes by the pound,” which is one way to think of Boeing’s and Airbus’s differing approaches for selling widebody...A pricing strategy Airbus is using to compete with Boeing in the high-passenger-capacity, short-distance market in Asia could pose a problem for ICAO’s CO2 standard for new aircraft.
Published 2013.09.03: Blog Post