New software to help reduce carbon emissions for flights

It was recently reported that the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled new software that aims to make air travel more efficient and reduce carbon emissions.

Indeed, the software was designed by NASA and is part of the FAA’s Terminal Flight Data Manager program, which has been tested for four years. It will allow officials to pinpoint more precisely when planes should push away from their gate for takeoff, hence enabling airlines to cut the amount of fuel they use.

While testing the software at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, it was found out that more than 275,000 gallons of fuel could be saved annually. It could also reduce delays by 916 hours. This new software could then lead to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future for airlines. The benefits include fewer aircraft emissions and ensure air travelers experience more on-time departures.

NASA hopes to launch the software in the coming years at 27 airports across the country, including Washington Dulles International, Reagan National, and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall airports. With it, it aims to save around 7 million gallons of fuel every year and eliminate more than 75,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.