Reprinted with permission from The Air & Space Lawyer, Spring 2017 (30:1), at 1, 19–22. Copyright © 2017 American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.
The general aviation fleet in the United States includes more than 200,000 aircraft that flew over 23 million miles in 2015.1 Total mainline air carrier and regional enplanements exceeded 785 million that year, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forecasts that number will increase to 1.24 billion by 2036.2 Total air traffic worldwide produced 781 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2015,3 and the FAA projects that aircraft greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will increase by 60 percent by the year 2025.4 GHGs are linked to historical changes in the global atmosphere, which is commonly referred to as climate change or global warming.5