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, […]

Unleashing a Golden Age of Canadian GA

  By Mark Brooks Aviation’s first Golden Age is commonly accepted to have lasted for several decades beginning with Charles Lindbergh’s Atlantic flight in June, 1927. It was a period of record-breaking flights, air races, the first commercially-viable airliners and major advances in aviation technology. These advances changed the world with improved commercial links and […]

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 […]

Time to kill the Contrail Multiplier Zombie

It is time for a zombie hunt. A dead science hypothesis from 1999 — that contrails multiply carbon emission — lives on. This living dead story is haunting newspaper articles and social media sites with a strange idea that a contrail caused by a jet flying above 25,000 feet has three times the effect on […]

Aviation 25% of carbon emissions by 2050 is a Myth

“Extinction Rebellion” activists warn that we must stop all flying or we will be the last generation. They warn that aviation is standing in the way of meeting the “well below” 2C° temperature rise agreed to in the Paris accords. Stunning claims that aviation will produce a quarter of all emissions by 2050 is repeated […]

Canadian Airports Will Be Carbon Neutral

By Ted Nickerson The future of long distant transportation in Canada is aviation. But thanks to the flight-shaming movement, you may have been led to believe that there is no place for aviation in a carbon neutral future.  That’s not true. Sparked by recent comments from the “Stop Flying” proponents seeking to leverage the impact […]

Canada’s Carbon Neutral Aviation Challenge

A big change is under way in the world of commercial aviation. As of January 1st, 2020, all international aviation growth is going carbon neutral. Domestic Canadian aviation will follow step. For Pickering Airport, a new international airport to be built just east of Toronto, it means that all of its flights can be carbon […]

Surprising Aviation facts in the age of Climate Anxiety

By:​​ Mark Brooks, Phil Lightstone We all agree that climate change is an inevitable reality of carbon emissions and other forms of pollution.  The Australian bush fires, amplified by climate change, have created unbearable devastation and impacted climates as far away as Antarctica.  The dominant approach to fighting climate change has been to focus on improving emissions […]

Trees and Pickering Airport

by Ted Nickerson Trees and aviation do not normally need each other, but trees could soon be a contributor to developing a low-carbon / carbon-neutral Pickering Airport. In 2017, Canada’s aviation emissions accounted for 21 megatonnes (1 megatonne = 1 million metric tonnes) or 3% of total emissions, with domestic air travel accounting for 1%, […]