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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] A further pilot scheme in Holbeck, Leeds will focus on predicting sewer network problems before they occur using increased monitoring and rainfall data, ensuring Yorkshire Water's teams can provide a pre-emptive response and reduce sewer flooding incidents. / Water Briefting
  • [New] Government should create demand for engineered removals by placing obligations on industries that cannot mitigate all their emissions by 2050, such as aviation, agriculture and shipping, to pay for enough engineered removals to offset a growing proportion of their residual emissions. / NIC
  • [New] There has been discussion about U.S. military forces potentially operating from bases in neighboring countries after the completion of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which could allow aircraft to be positioned closer to the ongoing fighting. / The Drive
  • [New] Once built, the pilot plant is expected to have a nominal capacity of 10 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent per year and the results of the pilot study are expected to provide sufficient information to enable the design of a commercial lithium plant in Cornwall. / Proactiveinvestors UK
  • [New] General Electric lifted its free cash flow forecast for the year on Tuesday, as a recovery in the aviation market is expected to boost demand for the U.S. conglomerate's jet engines and spare parts. / CNBC
  • [New] The Green Fuels, Green Skies initiative highlights the importance of building SAF facilities throughout the country that will help the UK not only to meet the targets set but also to make a quantifiable impact on climate change. / Aviation Benefits
  • [New] The funding under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative will be used by Core Lithium to build a pilot processing facility for the production of battery-grade lithium hydroxide at Darwin Harbour's Middle Arm Industrial Precinct in the Northern Territory. / InDaily
  • [New] Air Canada is planning an all-cargo fleet of eight aircraft and plans to have two 767 freighters in service during the fourth quarter. / FreightWaves
  • [New] A ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative would require fuel suppliers to blend in sustainable fuels at EU airports, with a specific share for efuels rising from 0.7% (out of 5% sustainable fuels) in 2030 to 28% in 2050. / Energy Monitor
  • [New] Solar Landscape has completed construction on seven community solar projects totaling more than 17 megawatts of capacity as part of Year 1 of the NJBPU's Community Solar Energy Pilot Program; and construction on an eighth Year 1 project is expected to be completed before the end of 2021. / Insider NJ
  • [New] In the Northern Territory, Core Lithium will use its $6 million in funding to help build a pilot processing facility for the production of battery-grade lithium hydroxide while Queensland-based Brisbane METS Lab No. 1 will use its $1.2 million to develop its vanadium processing pilot plant. / pv magazine International
  • [New] The jet zero consultation commits the aviation sector to a net zero emissions target by 2050 and a domestic target of net zero emissions by 2040, consolidating the UK's position as leaders in reducing aviation emissions. / GOV.UK
  • [New] While the first phase of Green Fuels for Denmark will exclusively produce hydrogen for heavy-duty road transport, the next phase is planned to combine the production of renewable hydrogen with carbon capture to produce sustainable methanol and e-kerosene for shipping and aviation, respectively. / EPA
  • [New] 16 aircraft have now been ordered from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) and are expected to enter service with the RAF by mid-2024, doubling the UK capability currently provided by Reaper. / GOV.UK
  • [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. / FLYER
  • [New] Aircraft that produce zero emissions will be flying by the middle of this century and Airbus's Flintshire plant will play a critical role. / BBC News
  • [New] The ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend an increasingly high level of sustainable aviation fuels into existing jet fuel uploaded at EU airports. / SEB Group
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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

Last updated: 01 August 2021


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