Higher education’s responsibility for a green mindset

As we move to the fourth of a series considering the topic of climate change from different viewpoints within the EU aviation community, Air Traffic Management had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Justas Nugaras, who is the Dean of Faculty for Aviation at the Antanas Gustaitis Aviation Institute - Vilnius Tech.

Green flying begins with a mindset as to the way this topic is approached. Whether it is an individual or an organisation deciding to fly or not. This can also translate into the role of an air traffic controller and the way they look at their role. Are they responsible for safely moving planes or safely moving planes with a consideration for the least impact to the climate?

Higher education plays a role in developing this mindset for the future. The graduates in the next few years will spend about forty years of their lives in roles that will be impacted by climate change regulation and business priorities. Building the mindset while at university will put them one step ahead. All of the aviation curriculum at Vilinius Tech has a greener aviation component to it.

Universities are great at doing research and joining together different points of view to arrive at a solution. They should be included in the development of ATM KPIs for the future. These KPIs need to consider a wider view of this topic encompassing social, economic and technology trends.

Please join us next week as we continue the discussion from a higher education viewpoint and shift to the economic implications of green flying. In our next edition we will be joined by Prof. Dr. Frank Fichert from the University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule Worms.