EASA planning pollution ratings for aircraft

The European aviation regulator is planning on introducing pollution ratings for all aircraft types.

EASA says it’s under growing pressure to provide comprehensive pollution guidelines, both from legislators and the public wanting to make better choices.

It’s problem is this is never going to be straightforward. Every passenger and piece of luggage changes the pollution output of every aircraft. So the best they can do is provide general guidelines for each manufacturer and engine combination.

What we don’t need is some manufacturer supplied data and a stupidly unreal test – the automotive testing that’s done for example, is a sham completed on a rolling road in a Swiss laboratory. Some test flight data for an empty aircraft isn’t going to cut it.