Michael Huerta, Washington, DC
September 18, 2012
Press Event at Reagan Washington National Airport
Good morning. Thank you, Tim (Neale), for that introduction. It’s great to be here today.
At the FAA, we are proud to partner with industry to make aviation greener through NextGen.
We’re really at a pivotal time in our aviation history as a country. As we move into the Next Generation Air Transportation System, we are transforming from the ground-based navigation of the last century to the satellite-based navigation of today and the future. The entire world is changing the way it handles air traffic.
With NextGen our aviation system will be safer and more efficient. Aircraft will burn less fuel and emit fewer greenhouse gases.
And that is what the FAA’s CLEEN program is all about – Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise. It’s about partnering with industry and finding ways to make aviation greener and to integrate this technology into the aircraft we fly before the end of the decade.
CLEEN accelerates the development of the kind of innovative technology that Boeing has on display today.
The aircraft outside has arrived from Montana where it has been performing flight tests in the last few weeks.
The new features on the wing of this Boeing 737 are designed to cut fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions – making aviation greener and cleaner.
In addition, as Mr. Tracy mentioned, the aircraft flew here on a blended sustainable bio fuel that is partly made from used cooking oil.
Now, advances like this happen sooner because of the CLEEN program.
The FAA is providing $125 million for CLEEN over five years. This money will be matched by the five companies in the program that are developing technologies to reduce fuel burn, lower noise and emissions and create sustainable biofuels.
We’re working with Boeing, as you know. And we’re also working with several engine manufacturers – General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt &Whitney and Rolls Royce – to create better, greener engines that use less fuel and make less noise. Earlier this year General Electric demonstrated its advanced combustor met the CLEEN goal for reducing nitrogen oxide emissions 60 percent from current standards.
Through the development and commercialization of green technology we anticipate that CLEEN will help reduce commercial aircraft fuel burn by about a third.
It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of innovative thinking to make these kinds of advancements. And it takes collaboration – working across organizations, across industries and across borders.
I want to thank all who were involved and also thank you for coming out today to see this very exciting development for aviation.