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Leaders discuss making aviation more eco-friendly

September 9, 2010, 07:44 pm

Delayed flights and environmental concerns are on the minds of many pilots and passengers and NASA aims to address those issues at this year's Green Aviation Summit.

One of the goals the meeting of approximately 200 experts from government agencies and academia has to discuss ways NASA is using technology to make flying more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Administrator Charles Bolden acknowledges that air transportation has an impact on the planet.

"We need to make some changes - both in the design of aircraft and in the way they transit through our skies to not only maintain, but improve safety and efficiency," says Bolden. "That's a huge challenge, but we at NASA enthusiastically accept it."

One of the goals discussed during the meeting is having aircraft reduce the amount of fuel burned by 33 percent and reduce engine emissions 20 percent by 2015.

The International Ecotourism Society says 10 percent of the world's greenhouses gasesare from air transportation.

Such meetings are necessary as the aviation industry continues to grow. It's expected that air travel will remain commonplace with global warming becoming an increasingly important issue to address. ADNFCR-3158-ID-19938023-ADNFCR

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