l“In a perfect world, if all flights started descent from top of descent [i.e., with no stepdowns] we would save 340,000 tons of fuel per year and 1.1 million tons of CO2 in Europe. But we can’t do that at the moment.” So observed Andrew Watt, Eurocontrol’s environment unit chief, who is enamored with the concept of continuous rate descents as a means of saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions. Eurocontrol is measuring climbs and descents as a means of tracking ...


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