March 27, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
The Lindbergh Foundation Day at Sun `n Fun on March 31 features top leaders from general aviation talking about the pressing issues facing the industry. Forums run from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy on the Sun ’n Fun campus.
Topics include new initiatives to address environmental concerns challenging GA, such as alternative fuels. There are also sessions on electric airplanes. Officials from Cessna Aircraft, Lopresti Aviation, electric aircraft manufacturers, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, engine companies, and developers of alternative fuels such as Swift Enterprises, will participate in the forums.
“Last month, the Lindbergh Foundation launched the Aviation Green Alliance to support aviation-related companies and individuals who are committed to proactively addressing aviation and environmental challenges,” said Foundation Chairman, President and CEO Larry Williams. “One of the objectives of this program is to offer informational programs that are focused on the industry’s progress in addressing aviation’s environmental footprint. Lindbergh Foundation Day at Sun ’n Fun is the perfect venue for us to present our first in a series of forums being planned at key aviation venues throughout the year. We thank Sun ’n Fun for their support of our efforts.”
The Aviation Green Alliance was established to create multiple platforms for members to share strategies, findings, progress, and ideas related to aviation’s environmental challenges.
“This program is just the beginning of our efforts to let the world to know how manufacturers, operators, service companies, and individuals in aviation are actively involved in making measurable, scalable, and sustainable environmental progress,” said Williams. “These outstanding presentations will provide proof of their initiative and commitment to this important subject.”
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