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WHAT'S NEXT?: More than half of the expected new passengers over the next two decades will originate from China, which will displace the US as the world's largest aviation market by around 2029. More than half of the expected new passengers over the next two decades will originate from China, which will displace the US as the world's largest aviation market by around 2029. Sales of consumer and prosumer drones are soaring and the Federal Aviation Authority forecasts there will be more than 1.3 million licensed drone pilots by 2020 in the U.S. alone.

  • [New] China's effort is the furthest developed of many other fresh attempts to create thorium reactors, including one called Natrium, which plans to build a pilot plant in Wyoming and enjoys the financial backing of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. / Live Science
  • [New] Electric vehicles need to increase 11-fold to 35 million vehicles a year, sustainable aviation fuels need to make up 18% of aircraft fuel by 2030, recycling of aluminium and plastics need to double, and 18 million heat pumps will be needed each year. / reneweconomy
  • [New] India expects to add a second aircraft carrier within the next few years and is pursuing other new surface ships as well as new ballistic-missile and attack submarines. / Business Insider
  • [New] New initiatives to upgrade the onboard customer experience and plans to upgauge from regional aircraft to Boeing 737 MAXs and Airbus A321s with more seats will enable revenue growth and reduce unit costs. / FreightWaves
  • [New] Boeing plans to accelerate its production of 737 MAX by over 60% to 42 aircraft a month by fall 2022, compared to 26 aircraft per month by the end of 2021. / Trefis
  • [New] 16 aircraft have now been ordered from the American company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) and are expected to enter service with the RAF by mid-2024, doubling the capability currently provided by Reaper. / myerson
  • [New] 16 aircraft have now been ordered from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc and are expected to enter service with the RAF by mid-2024, doubling the capability currently provided by Reaper. / Royal Air Force
  • [New] Under the threat from aircraft carriers and other warships from the US, China has developed many anti-ship weapons including DF-21D and DF-26 anti-ship ballistic missiles that serve as deterrents to unfriendly foreign warships. / Global Times
  • [New] In certified aircraft, Smart Glide will become available with a GTN Xi series navigator paired with a compatible Garmin flight display including the G500 TXi / G600 TXi, GI 275 electronic flight instrument, the G3X Touch, or G5 electronic flight instrument, with others to be added later. / GISuser.com
  • [New] After FAA certification, Surf Air Mobility will seek certification outside the U.S., and Textron Aviation will help with sales and product support. / Aviation International News
  • [New] While the use of hydrogen technology in air transport may remain somewhat haunted by the 1937 Hindenburg airship disaster, the CEO of ZeroAvia has predicted a 100-seater transatlantic aircraft by 2030. / businesslive
  • [New] The Carrier Strike Group will undertake Anti-Submarine exercises with US Pacific Fleet with allied submarines, helicopters and P8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. / GOV.UK
  • [New] High targets for hydrogen and e-fuels, which go beyond the demand from aviation and shipping in 2030, risk promoting hydrogen and e-fuels for road transport where they are far less efficient than electricity. / CleanTechnica
  • [New] Airlines have heard the call: Norway committed to flying electric planes for all of its short-haul routes by 2040, while Canadian-based airline Harbour Air aimed to be flying electric flights between British Columbia and Washington State by 2021. / Hospitality Technology
  • [New] Other measures put forward by the European Commission to decarbonise aviation include placing a tax on kerosene and phasing out free airline carbon market allowances, which will force carriers to pay more for emissions. / www.euractiv.com
  • [New] Universal Hydrogen signed a letter of intent with Icelandair Group under which Icelandair and Universal Hydrogen will pursue the implementation of green hydrogen as a propellant for Icelandair's domestic aircraft fleet. / Green Car Congress
  • [New] U.S. lawmakers in May planned to introduce a bill that would create a tax credit for lower-carbon sustainable aviation fuel, which they hope will slash emissions of greenhouse gases from the aviation industry. / Corporate Citizenship Briefing
  • [New] The P - 8 A is replacing high-end ASW capabilities within some NATO countries, with the Royal Air Force receiving five aircraft from an order for nine to date, and the Royal Norwegian Air Force is expected to receive the first of five P - 8 As on order later in 2021. / DSEI Japan 2019
  • [New] The plan to reach net zero in domestic flights by 2040 and international aviation by 2050 relies heavily on the development of as-yet untested hydrogen-powered flight and sustainable aviation fuels. / The Telegraph
  • China will explore possibilities for launching pilot schemes for using the digital yuan for cross-border payments. / PingWest
  • On aviation, the Commission proposes to gradually remove free emissions allowances and to move to full auctioning of allowances by 2027 in order to reduce emissions. / The National Law Review
  • The UK ETS covers emissions from the UK's power sector, heavy industry and aviation, and puts a cap on the greenhouse gases that businesses can emit, which will decrease over time. / UK Government
  • The UK will significantly reduce the impact of aviation on the environment through a combination of new aerospace technology such as electric and hydrogen aircraft, development and commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuels, operational efficiencies, and market-based measures. / UK Government

Last updated: 25 July 2021


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