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Top 4 news highlights in the aerospace world

Aviation has once again demonstrated its ability to surprise and advance, with developments that propel the industry into a promising future

1. Collins Aerospace adopts 100% renewable energy

Collins Aerospace , announced that its Tanauan City, Philippines facility is now powered by renewable electricity. This plant belongs to Collins Aerospace's interiors division, whose core components are for commercial aircraft that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout its manufacturing operations.

Electricity consumption is now 36,000 megawatt hours per year, which is roughly equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of nearly 5,000 homes.

LeAnn Ridgeway, director of sustainability for Collins Aerospace, said the initiative is one of RTX's largest renewable energy projects to date. The Tanauan City facility draws its electricity from a local geothermal power plant that uses steam generated from the heat of the earth, ensuring that the power supply is completely renewable.

2. Colombia renews military aircraft with South Korea

The military airworthiness certification of Colombia and South Korea with mutual recognition facilitates the incorporation of South Korean aircraft into the Colombian Aerospace Force, with the FA-50 aircraft. This agreement reduces the cost and time for certification and increases the competitiveness of the FA-50, including the possible donation of military equipment from South Korea to Colombia.

This agreement is important for expanding military aircraft exports in South America and promotes industry cooperation in the region. In addition, South Korea plans to expand this mutual recognition to other export destinations in Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

FA-50 Aircraft

3. Emergency landing: Birds put Avianca flight at risk

On February 16, flight AV8545, en route from Barranquilla to Medellin, landed preventively at Ernesto Cortissoz airport at 12:00 noon, after a bird hit one of the engines of the Airbus A320 aircraft with registration number N230AC, which had 170 passengers, all of whom are safe and sound, and were re-accommodated on another flight to continue with their travel plans.

Due to the incident, Avianca issued a statement calling on the national government and local authorities to take action against the presence of birds at airports.

4. A more sustainable future in aviation with the World Summit and European Union Legislation.

On February 16, at the World Summit of Governments held in Dubai, the focus was on harnessing innovation and technology. Juan Carlos Salazar, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization , stressed that investment policies must be supported to achieve zero CO2 emissions and that innovation in operational improvements in fuels and other energy sources provide more than half of the necessary emission reductions.

In addition, European Union legislation marked a significant step forward for the European aviation industry, for its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The leading associations in this sector applauded this action and called on policy makers to further promote the production and adoption of SAF in the region, in order to achieve net zero carbon emission targets by 2050. It highlights the opportunities this presents for Spain in particular, as a potential leader in the production of PBS in Europe.

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