sustainable aviation movement in the
Sustainable Aviation Demands
basis for their policy development program, particularly for the elections of
#1. Rein back the unsustainable expansion of the National Airspace Redesign (NAR)
Being sold as an efficiency
and safety program, the NAR program is expansionistic and will reinforce the
transportation system in favor of the premium, i.e. expensive mode of air
travel. Citizens have to push for the Fifth Alternative, i.e. Doing More with
Less, for demand is often a function of capacity. Like the rationing of the
limited capacity of the radio spectrum, rationing can be suggested as an
approach to limited and reduced air space and airport capacity.
#2. Plan for a
intermodal transportation system (IITS) where preference is given to the
less energy intensive and less polluting surface modes of transportation
Citizen Aviation Watch, USA,
Inc. is proposing the IITS Initiative, a supplemental $300 billion, 15 year
program that would integrate air transportation with an efficient intermodal
surface transportation system that includes an expanded and efficient rail
system (mostly for freight), a national modern coach network, Maglev, etc.
Short-haul air flights would be replaced by fast, not necessarily, high speed
trains or maglev.
#3. Include air
transportation emissions into any global
warming legislation, programs and projects on an equal basis with other
No serious headway in
reducing global warming gases can be made without reducing the aviation
industry’s emissions as is made clear in George Monbiot’s recent book Heat. How to Stop the Planet From Burning.
#4. Recognize the limits rising oil prices will put on demand for
air travel as we head towards $100 per barrel in a world where oil production
has peaked or will peak soon
Given that air transportation
is 4-10 times more energy intensive, high oil prices will inordinately affect
the aviation industry
#5. Remove the tax give-aways the aviation industry enjoys
A complete overhaul of
subsidies in all forms will push transportation planners towards integrating
the premium mode of air travel with the less energy intensive and therefore
less polluting modes of surface transportation, which may not be necessarily
#6. Reassess air freight which currently pays no
special tax as passengers do
Consider not only taxing air
freight, but also reducing the amount of air freight
by creating opportunities for people and industries to primarily use local
#7. Reduce both the day and night time noise suffered by
local communities, as well as the
numbers of people affected
Though technically and
operationally aircraft noise can be somewhat more reduced, the greatest
reduction will come from a reduced number of planes in an integrated intermodal
#8. Respect the country's biodiversity and heritage, including
woodlands and listed buildings, if
airports have to be expanded.
Healthy ecological and social
systems are the foundation of quality of human life and of the larger community
of life or Earth Community
#9. Revise the economic assessment of the aviation
In the interest of well-being
of people and planet all industries are to be reassessed by the principles of
ecological economics, so that they internalize both social and ecological costs
of their operations.
#10. Rethink the "predict & provide"
approach put forward by governments and the airframe manufacturers such as
Boeing, Airbus, and Bombardier.
Influenced by the
military-industrial complex’ s predict and provide modus operandi, the civil
aviation industry is to reassess its link to the military and militarism.