Aviation to Beat Road Transportation to Net-zero Carbon Emissions with SAF

By Mark Brooks Aviation is set to soar in a post-COVID global economy with thousands of new aircraft on order, and a public eager to travel for business and pleasure. Airbus now has over 7,000 orders for new A320 aircraft and more than 600 orders for its fuel-efficient A220, doubling the Airbus fleet worldwide. Boeing […]

Explaining Canadas Sustainable Aviation Fuel opportunity

By Mark Brooks On June 7, 2021, the City of Pickering’s Planning and Development Committee discussed a staff report responding to the Region’s request for comments on various regional policies (Agenda Item 5.2).  One of those policies related to the Pickering airport.  I was pleased to be one of four people who made deputations to […]

How e-Regional Air Freight will Change Everything

By Mark Brooks Two new aviation technologies are about to change our world in general, and Canada specifically, in ways most can not imagine today.  The easiest method to explain a technology trend is to look into the future, so let’s leap forward a dozen years and find out how the aircraft in the picture […]

New Luxury Tax Hurting Shift to Low Carbon Aviation

A new “luxury tax” on new small aircraft in the 2021 Canadian federal budget is not making a lot of sense. Why is a government that purports to want to reduce green house gas emissions and create a new low carbon economy taxing rather than incenting the purchase of new more carbon efficient and net […]

e-Regional airlines and Pickering Airport

By Mark Brooks When it opens in 2029, the new airport in Pickering, Ontario will start with basic infrastructure and carefully created zoning and development policies that will enable it to grow into an aerotropolis. To Canada’s flock of small market and specialty airlines, Pickering’s minimal infrastructure will be just what they need. A fresh […]

Planning Canada’s Electric Flight Future

By Mark Brooks Authorities have drawn up a programme for the introduction of electric aircraft. It will be part of a national net zero carbon footprint transport plan to be published in spring 2022 and put to the country’s parliament. It starts with a few airports and a locally built 19-seat electric aircraft. By 2040, […]

Canada’s Biggest Post Pandemic Problem – Restarting Aviation

By Mark Brooks Canada’s largest trading partner, the United States of America, is shifting gears, and is set to come roaring out of the pandemic.  Every adult in the US (that wants one) will have a vaccine by May 1st, and the CDC has given the OK for the fully vaccinated to travel without the […]

Proposed Markham Development Ignores the Future Pickering Airport?

By Ted Nickerson There have been articles recently in the Toronto Star (February 18 and 26, 2021) reporting on a residential development proposal for north Markham.  The City of Markham had asked the province to issue a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) to permit the development to proceed, while residents strongly oppose the development. Markham MZO […]

Aviation’s Two Paths To A Net-Zero Carbon Future

  By Mark Brooks Our planet is on fire and the status quo just doesn’t cut it. Although aviation produces only 2.5% of global carbon emissions, its role as the lynchpin of the global economy has made it a symbol of a net-zero carbon future. Two starkly different visions of that future present opposing paths […]

A Storm over a Pickering Airport skating Pond

A farmer asks his landlord to put up a No Trespassing sign and remove an unwanted structure. Not usually a news event heard across the country. But this time the flash point was as Canadian as it gets, a pond being used as a natural skating ring by local children in the middle of a […]