Dash8 From New Zealand, joined Aug 2005, 13 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1534 times:
Recently there was speculation that EU might even ban hushkitted to stage3 aircraft from European skies.
The US retaliated by threatening to ban Concorde flights to the US, thus ending the Concorde's long carreer. It does have some other charter destinations, but everyone knows that that won't keep it flying.
Just wanted to see how you guys felt about this. I find the US solution to this very logical. IF the EU really wants to do this, than it's in the full right of the US to ban that noisy old bird from the US competely. Although I also heard that the US might withhold any new route requests from EU carriers.
In any case this promises to be an interesting battle.
Southflite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1510 times:
Europe's problem with Stage 3 hushkitted aircraft is not the noise levels, but the emission levels of the older generation engines.
Newer engines that meet Stage 3 without hushkitting are cleaner-burning, and so they emit fewer toxins to deplete the ol' ozone layer even further.
The Europeans have a point, if you think about it. If you ever able to, check out the emissions of a B707 or DC8 with JT3D engines on take-off -> that visible smog is what Stage 1 (hushkitted to Stage 2) engines put out; the Stage 2 ones (now hushkitted to Stage 3) got rid of the visible smoke, but still have the high emissions.