Washington, D.C. (WiredPRNews.com) — The astonishing cost of fuel shaking up the airline industry can now lead to various environmental advantages in the long run. These environmental benefits can be derived by encouraging public policy and technological innovations. This was reported by a group of aviation experts in Hartford, Connecticut.
Carl Burleson, US FAA Office of Environment and Energy Director, reported at a conference of aircraft propulsion held at the Connecticut Convention Center that it has been painful but the decision has given incentives to the discussion.
As per the Air Transport Association, the airlines industry was never keen about the decision to reduce fuel expenses. These expenses are projected to rise by about 50% or $61.2 billion this year. Fuel costs have increased 265% more than in 2000. The fuel costs have been the biggest U.S. airline operating expense and have also surpassed labor costs in 2005.
Nancy Young, a member of a panel on aviation and climate change reported at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautic’s annual conference that the economic meltdown is being faced by the U.S. industry. The FAA, NASA panelists, two associations of the aviation industry and the Air Force declared that the industry and the government should emphasize development and research of alternative fuels.
Also, development of other technological innovations, effective aircraft engines and operational innovations need to be done in order to ensure the fuel used in air travel is more cost-effective thereby helping in lowering the effect of aviation on climatic changes.
Young also warned that the new government fees and regulations on airlines could hamper the aviation industry’s capacity to invest their money in fuel-efficient services or equipment like the engine washing and checking.