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Opportunities for Meeting the Environmental Challenge of Growth in Aviation- OMEGA

Increasingly, stakeholders in UK aviation are recognising that severe challenges lie ahead. They are accepting that timely action is necessary and that radical changes may be needed to address them. The project 'Opportunities for Meeting the Environmental Challenge of Growth in Aviation (OMEGA)' will combine academic capability with knowledge exchange between academia, industry and policymakers to assist in developing future strategies for a sustainable UK aviation industry. OMEGA will generate a cooperative programme to: (1) develop a comprehensive data and information base that has the endorsement of the UK scientific community and that is communicated and available to all stakeholders; (2) provide a 'neutral space' where all parties can consider medium and long term strategies; (3) define specific areas where further knowledge is needed to identify risks and potential solutions; and (4) ensure that research programmes are established to deliver better understanding and practical solutions for the short, medium and long term.

Partners

The partnership will be led by MMU, with the core partners at the IAE (University of Cambridge) and Cranfield University. Other partners include the Universities of Oxford, Leeds, Southampton, Cranfield, Sheffield and Loughborough.

Contact

Prof. David Raper, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chief Scientific Advisor

For details regarding the IAE's involvement in OMEGA please contact

Dr Helen L. Rogers, Research Liaison

Background

Aviation is a major enabler for global wealth creation, benefiting developed and developing countries alike and supports 8% of global economic activity. It is also a critical part of the UK economy, currently delivering more than 2% of GDP (>£25 billion).The UK has the second largest aerospace and aviation economy in the World and has been a global leader in the sector for over 60 years. Over the last 30 years there has been a six fold increase in air travel demand. At the same time there has been a 60% improvement in fuel efficiency and more than 20dB reduction in aircraft noise. These improvements have been delivered through fundamental aeronautical research focused primarily on technological and operational developments to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness. However, predictions show that global air transport demand could grow by a factor of four over the next 30 years. Whilst it is widely agreed that the consequences of this would bring significant economic and social benefits the associated environmental impacts of noise, local air quality, global warming and climate change will provide significant challenges for all.