Fueling Change for a Greener Tomorrow: GANS’ Sustainable Aviation Initiatives

Bryan Pacucci

Welcome to the forefront of sustainable aviation, where Global Air Navigation Services (GANS) is playing its part in developing operational procedures to minimize track mileage which reduces fuel burn and resultant emissions. Join us as we explore how GANS is partnering with airlines and making significant strides in fuel efficiency, contributing to greener and more eco-conscious aviation industry.

Reduced Engine Taxi: A Smart Departure Strategy

At GANS, we are committed to implementing innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of aviation. Our Air Traffic Control (ATC) team has introduced operational procedures that support the adoption of reduced engine taxi by a major airline at a bustling international airport. By shutting down one or more engines during taxi-out (depending on the aircraft type), we significantly decrease fuel consumption and subsequently lower emissions.

The impact of this initiative is truly remarkable. In a narrow-body fleet alone, Reduced Engine Taxi Out saves a substantial 24 tons of fuel, resulting in an impressive reduction of 175,720 kg of CO2 emissions. But that’s not all – Reduced Engine Taxi In saves an additional 92 tons of fuel, equating to a remarkable reduction of 290,260 kg of CO2 emissions. Month after month, these fuel-saving strategies are making a tangible difference, creating a more sustainable future for the aviation industry.

Collaborating for Greater Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is a collective effort, and GANS is working hand in hand with a prominent low-cost airline to explore new strategies for fuel savings. By restricting arrival speed, where operationally achievable, to 160 knots until 6 nm instead of 4 nm, we have made strides in conserving fuel. This initiative alone can save up to 1200 kgs/hr, translating to a remarkable 15 kgs of fuel saved per approach compared to the traditional 160 kts till 4nm approach. Small changes like this add up to significant fuel and emissions reductions, setting the stage for a more sustainable aviation landscape.

Amended Runway Line-Up Procedure: Fuel Efficiency Takes Flight

GANS is proud to support one of the major hub airlines in its pursuit of fuel efficiency with an amended runway line-up procedure. Tailored for ultra-long-haul flights, this procedure provides an additional 55m of take-off distance, resulting in savings of up to 900 kilos of fuel for their US flights. The benefits of this amendment go beyond fuel savings – the extra take-off distance reduces the need to leave payload behind, enhancing operational flexibility and economic viability for airlines. By optimizing take-off procedures, GANS is helping airlines achieve a greener and more cost-effective approach to their operations.

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Bryan Pacucci