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The EU Emissions Trading System for aviation takes off

European Commission’s legislative process concerning the revision of the Emission Trading System (ETS) as regards aviation has come to an end with the official entry into force of Directive (EU) 2023/958 on 5 June 2023. Member States will now be required to transpose the Directive into their national legislation by 31st of December, 2023. The revision introduces several noteworthy changes to the ETS for Aviation: One of the key modifications involves the gradual phasing out of free ETS allowances (NB: one allowance represents 1 tonne of CO₂ emitted). Starting in 2024, the ETS allowances will be gradually reduced ultimately to reach a full auctioning regime from 2026. The revised scheme will reserve 20 million allowances, from January 2024 to December 2030, specifically to support the purchase of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

Another development is the introduction of a new obligation for operators to report non-CO₂ aviation emissions stemming from their flights. Beginning in 2025, operators will be required to incorporate these non-CO₂ effects into the Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) framework. Lastly and relating to the alignment of the EU ETS with ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), EU policymakers decided that the EU ETS will continue to apply (only) to flights within the EEA and departing flights to Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


Safran validates helicopter hybrid propulsion

Safran Helicopter Engines has validated its Eco Mode hybrid propulsion system during ground tests in Bordes, France, in preparation for upcoming flight tests on the Airbus Racer high-speed helicopter demonstrator. Designed for twin-engine helicopters, Eco Mode places one engine on standby during cruise, while the other operates at a more energy-efficient power setting. This mode reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by about 15% and increases the helicopter’s range. The engine is automatically restored to full power by an innovative electric fast restart system, within just a few seconds, when needed for landing or during an emergency. The Racer’s Eco Mode uses an Aneto-1A engine and the fast restart electrical system developed jointly with Aquitaine Electronique (AECE Group) and Safran Cabin (Ventilation Systems). This system combines an electronic engine control with a high-power-density electric motor, mechanically connected to the engine's high pressure section. It will play a key role in the Racer's performance, particularly its ability to reach and maintain a long-range cruising speed of up to 400 km/h.


CAE predicts industry needs 1.3m new professionals

CAE last week released at the Paris Airshow its 2023 Aviation Talent Forecast, which anticipates a global need for 1.3 million new aviation professionals to join the industry as pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians and cabin crew over the next 10 years to support the expected growth of the commercial and business aviation markets. The comprehensive 10-year study estimates a need for 1.18 million individuals to be recruited and trained for the commercial aviation industry, and 106,000 people for business aviation, to fill vacancies due to retirement and attrition, and the expansion of the aviation industry.

“With a need for 1.3 million people by 2032, CAE’s Aviation Talent Forecast is a call to action for the industry to promote careers in aviation to the next generation, reach out to underrepresented communities, and develop innovative support programs to expand the pool of talent needed for the continued growth and safety of our industry,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation. The report also offers insightful perspectives on the industry's transformation through advanced training, sustainable practices, and diverse talent acquisition.


People: Gulfstream promotes Tim Wood regional VP Sales

Victor CEOs Toby Edwards (left) and James Farley (right)

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently announced the promotion of Tim Wood to regional vice president of Sales for Africa, Turkey and South Asia. Wood is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and reports to Michael Swift, division vice president of Sales for EMEA-South Asia.

“Tim has developed strong relationships with Gulfstream customers in India, Pakistan, Africa and Turkey,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, Gulfstream. “Tim’s knowledge, dedication and well-deserved promotion allow us to better meet the growing demand throughout the region and prioritize our sales presence to further support Gulfstream customers in the area.”

Wood previously held the role of regional sales manager for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia at Gulfstream. Prior to joining Gulfstream, Wood was responsible for the business development of aircraft management in Europe for Gama Aviation and held a role in business development with the Royal Aeronautical Society. He graduated from The Royal Air Force College Cranwell in the United Kingdom and served in the Royal Air Force for nearly eight years.

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