July 29, 2022
In what has become an annual celebration of excellence at the start of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenure Oshkosh week, FLYING magazine recognized NBAA with its Innovation Award for the association’s work to guide business aviation toward a sustainable future.
“In a truly ‘leading-from-within-the-team’ way, NBAA, under Ed Bolen’s leadership, the organization has worked tirelessly to promote the necessary efforts toward net-zero carbon emissions for the industry by 2050 – knowing we must begin now in order to stay on target to achieve that goal,” said Julie Boatman, editor-in-chief of FLYING magazine. “NBAA’s commitment to a green future is one example of its overall leadership and value to the industry.”
Boatman noted that NBAA has joined with stakeholder associations, aircraft manufacturers and others to promote initiatives that speed the production, availability and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – a safe, ready to use fuel that cuts aviation emissions by up to 80% compared with traditional fuels.
The association is also a founding member of the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, which last year unveiled a commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, as part of a Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change.
Additionally, NBAA recently launched its Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation Program, which takes a cross-discipline approach to the recognition of sustainability best practices.
“Business aviation is focused on a future that is safe, secure and sustainable,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said while accepting the award. “The industry is on track to meet or exceed its sustainability goals, thanks to partnerships among manufacturers, fuelers, service providers and others. Working together, as we always do, we will build on our record of reducing emissions.”
The FLYING Innovation Award was launched in 2016, when it was presented to Honda Aircraft Company for the HondaJet. It highlights a product or organization within the general aviation industry that has moved the needle on innovation in the prior year.