The first transatlantic “green” flight


Air France announced that a French Boeing 747-400ER aircraft undertook the first transatlantic “green” flight. The aircraft flew as part of a demonstration of procedures and technologies that were optimized at all stages in order to ensure a reduction of noise and CO2 emissions levels.

This flight took place on the 6th of April 2010. An American Airlines Boeing 767-300 followed the same route 24 hours later. These flights represent the result of the collaboration between the airlines that perform transatlantic air flights: the French Aeronautic Authority (DSNA), NATS, NAV Portugal, US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European organization SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) and Air France.

During the 9.5 hour flight from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to Miami airport, the cabin crew made use of specific procedures in order to improve the efficiency of the aircraft features. These optimized procedures, run by all the stakeholders involved in this project, resulted in the reduction of fuel consumption by two to three tons, while the CO2 emissions were cut by six to nine tons.

Due to these procedures the carrier also managed to improve the taxiing times at both airports, which was made possible by the improved coordination between Charles de Gaulle Airport and the U.S. FAA from the Miami airport. The Air France aircraft performed a continuous climb in the takeoff phase, which was coordinated by DSNA, the French DGAC air traffic control authority. During the cruise phase both altitude and airspeed were optimized in order to reduce fuel consumption. All these exercises were coordinated with the help of the control towers from France (DSNA), Great Britain (NATS), Portugal (NAV) and the US (FAA). The landing was linear and was synchronized by the air traffic control units from the US. During both landing and takeoff, the procedures also had an important role in minimizing the noise levels by up to 7dB.

It is estimated that once all these techniques are conducted on all of the Air France transatlantic flights, the pollution will be reduced by 135 000 tons per year, while the fuel savings will amount to approx. 43 000 tons.
This project is part of the international AIRE (Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions) program, which is a joint undertaking of the European Commission and the US FAA, coordinated in Europe by SESAR.

For the future, it seems that cost reduction will not be the only consideration and that engineers will also focus on non-polluting energy sources. Boeing is investing in this domain and they have already come up with a solution – Boeing Phantom Eye. This is a new aircraft that uses hydrogen as fuel. It basically needs water to fly, so it reflects exactly what “green flying” is all about.

Your Personal Vision

personal vision statement

Each person has the ability to not just survive in this world – they can truly flourish and fulfill their lifelong dreams of becoming the person they want to be. Don’t settle for mediocrity, because you have the ability to become the person you envision yourself to be. But to do this, you need to start somewhere, and that’s with your personal vision statement.

A personal vision statement is an intensely important expression of your purpose for existence. Yes, it is that serious, because it validates and justifies your place in society to yourself, and to a certain extent, to others. Your statement should be expressed in words that are understandable to you, in a comprehensive and concise manner. It can be anything from a single sentence to pages in which you detail your strategy in making your vision a reality. In fact, the more you write about how you’ll attain your vision, the better your statement becomes. Don’t forget to include such things as:

What you can do everyday
Where you’ll hope to be a month, 6 months, or a year from today
What you will and will not do
What areas you can improve on, and what areas you’re already great in
Why you’ve decided to fulfill your vision

Documenting this helps because you’ll be able to refer back to it at anytime. It will become a great source of inspiration to you, particularly at times when you need something to help you through hard times.

If you don’t believe in your vision statement, change it as soon as you can, because you need to be able to believe it (even if it’s outlandish) to make it happen. You may also need to make adjustments every now and then, as your personal growth and evolving needs may need to be reflected in your statement.

John D. Rockefeller

One of the world’s richest men and renowned business magnate is John D. Rockefeller. Born in New York, Rockefeller was the founder of the Standard Oil Company, an organization that was the first great trust and held a virtual monopoly in the US in the late 1800s. In fact, it was because of this that the US government first introduced antimonopoly laws (Sherman Antitrust Act (1890))!

Although he possessed a talent for business, Rockefeller devoted the latter part of his life to charitable work. He was recognized as a philanthropist at the time of his death in 1937, having abandoned the Standard Oil Company after 1897. The most notable of his charitable work was the founding of the University of Chicago, to which he donated over $80 million throughout his lifetime. Other works include the creation of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and the General Education Board, fine examples of his devotion to improving the quality of education in the US. He was once recorded as stating:

Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.

Education of the masses improves their quality of life by enabling them to pursue bigger and better dreams, freeing them of the shackles of ignorance.

Rockefeller is an incredible example of a man who not only created a business empire, but also helped to improve the lives of others. He should be an inspiration to us all.