FAA finalizes emissions rule for new jets and turboprops

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The FAA has  announced a new rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large airplanes. Commencing from January 2028, new US aircraft will need to comply with a required level enhanced fuel-efficient technologies.

The applicability of the new ruling will include most large jet and turboprop airlines flying in the United States, and is to apply to subject aircraft manufactured from the date of commencement of the new ruling.

 The rule will not be applied retrospectively to cover existing aircraft.

What Are The New Rules?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a final rule to reduce carbon pollution emitted by most large airplanes flying in U.S. airspace.

The rule calls for the incorporation of improved fuel-efficient technologies for airplanes manufactured after January 1, 2028, and for subsonic jet airplanes and large turboprop and propeller airplanes that are not yet certified.

“We are taking a large step forward to ensure the manufacture of more fuel-efficient airplanes, reduce carbon pollution, and reach our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050,” said FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker.


Types of Airplanes Affected

Examples of commercial airplanes that will be required to meet the standards include the Boeing 777-X and newly built versions of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A330-neo.

Business jets such as the Cessna Citation and civil turboprop airplanes such as the ATR 72 and the Viking Air Limited Q400 will also be affected by the ruling.

The rule will not be applied to airplanes currently in service before the inception date of January 1, 2028.

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According to the FAA, civil aircraft such as the types quoted are responsible for nine percent of domestic transportation emissions and two percent of total U.S. carbon pollution. 

This action forms a part of the overall US Aviation Climate Action Plan, which has the aim of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from the US aviation sector by 2050.

The Final Rule can be viewed online in the Federal Register here.

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