Brazilian airline GOL estimates that at the Brasilia airport alone, it could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,620 pounds and save $24 million in operational expenses over five years by using General Electric’s Required Navigation Performance system (RNP), a data-based navigation system that is part of GE’s Ecomagination portfolio.
The airline could also potentially save 22 miles and 7.5 minutes per landing approach at the Brasilia airport, compared to the conventional paths, according to a GE blog.
The report comes as soccer fans book plane tickets for the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil next summer, followed by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
GE says GOL, Brazil’s navigation service provider DECEA and others in the aviation industry have been working with GE to use big data to help ease the country’s busy skies. To this end, they’ve begun rolling out GE’s RNP at 10 airports in southeast Brazil: Guarulhos, Congonhas, Viracopos, Galeão, Curitiba, Brasília, Confins, Vitoria and Pampulha; initial paths at Santos Dumont were deployed in 2012.
RNP uses GPS signals rather than ground-based radio beacons to improve operations and reduce emissions.
In another example of how GE’s big data technology can improve airline and airport efficiency, GE points to systems developed by Taleris, GE Aviation’s joint venture with Accenture. This system uses the industrial internet and software to harvest and analyze gigabytes of data generated by hundreds of sensors working inside airplanes.
GE says Taleris’ tools allow airline like UAE’s Etihad to monitor planes in real time, reduce fuel costs, manage plane maintenance, and identify potential problems before they happen.
Earlier this week, FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke said he expects the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the Confederations Cup to generate just over 2.7 millions metric tons of CO2e and said FIFA will offset those carbon emissions. Transportation alone — both international and local — is expected to account for 80.1 percent of the carbon footprint.