U.K. Labour Politicians Suggest Business Aviation Ban


Some U.K. politicians think business aircraft are too dirty to use their airports and business aviation groups have jumped to their industry’s defense. NBAA and the International Business Aviation Council have reminded members of the Labour Party, some of whom have called for an eventual ban on business aviation, that the industry is behind many of the energy- and emissions-saving technologies now widely used in aviation and is leading the charge on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). “Instead of singling out business aviation for prohibitive restrictions on airport access, U.K. leaders should focus on efforts to make SAF more widely available in the U.K. through positive incentive policies to encourage production and use of SAF in greater quantities,” said IBAC Director General Kurt Edwards.

NBAA CEO Ed Bolen noted that modern business aircraft emit 40 percent less carbon than they did 40 years ago by pioneering new materials, technologies and practices that have been widely adopted. “In addition to the work being done by business aviation manufacturers, operators and fuel suppliers to accelerate the adoption of SAF, we are also working to move past fuel-powered aircraft entirely, with development of electric, hydrogen and solar energy sources,” he added.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. Science says that the atmosphere is not warming and that life on earth cannot exist without co2.
    Politicians need to pick up a science text book instead of make boogie men to control others.
    It’s becoming increasingly apparent that our problems are from crazy politicians, not carbon.

  2. Ban private planes; ban private cars; ban private health insurance, ban private guns, ban 20-ounce soft drinks…
    Is there a theme, here?

  3. As with the American politicians, they should focus their attention on the real problem. The developing world, (China, India, Africa, etc.) is already responsible for over 60% of total carbon emissions, and they are increasing rapidly. Meanwhile, the developed world is actually lowering their emissions through science, technology and good old conservation.

    Remember, these are the same people who can’t figure out how Brexit should work.

  4. This reinforces my belief that the only thing wrong with the U K and it’s socialist leaning political system is that it is located above sea level.
    Allan H.