FAA Rewards Efforts To Reduce Aviation's Environmental Impact

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The FAA is presenting its 2007 Excellence in Aviation Research Awards to Professor Ian Waitz at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and to a U.S. Air Force fuel research team. "Aviation needs to continue to get greener," said FAA spokesman Dan Elwell. "Dr. Waitz and the Air Force team are taking the steps to put a big dent in aviationís environmental footprint. Their work is going to make a difference across the face of our entire planet." Waitz and his research team are working on ways to reduce air and noise pollution from aviation. The U.S. Air Force team has developed a synthetic fuel blend for the B-52 fleet. The blended fuel has less exhaust smoke and fewer particulate emissions than standard fuel.

The synthetic fuel is not only cleaner, but could potentially save millions of dollars and reduce dependence on foreign sources of oil, the FAA said. This is the 10th year that the Excellence in Aviation Research Award has been presented. The awards are given to individuals and/or institutions outside the FAA whose research contributions have resulted in a significantly safer, more efficient national airspace system.