Miller Planning Environmental Aviation Conference In May
Michael Miller, a self-described "nationally known" aviation
expert, will launch a new Maitland-based aviation consulting
company in the next 30 days called Green Skies Inc. It will focus
on helping the aviation industry become more environmentally
friendly, according to the Orlando Business Journal. Miller also
plans to host what he bills as the first-ever environmental
aviation conference in Orlando in May.
"This is the place to do it -- Orlando has strong environmental
leadership, which a lot of our large cities don't have," says
42-year-old Miller, a partner in Velocity Group, an international
aviation consulting firm.
Miller was impressed with a recent environmental summit held by
Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty and the fact that Orlando
International Airport (MCO) is using hybrid hydrogen buses to
transport people to satellite parking lots.
Now is the right time for the conference, according to Miller,
who says that environmental awareness is at an all time high.
"Europe is more advanced than North America when it comes to
environmental responsibility," said Miller.
"There are new European emissions rules taking effect soon that
some people want to make mandatory on a global basis."
"We either can be responsible now or wait until something is
mandated worldwide," said Miller. Miller is a former editor of the
trade publications Aviation Daily and Airline Financial News, and
frequently appears on CNN, CNBC, ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS and the BBC
concerning aviation issues. The conference will focus on getting
the aviation community in North America in line with environment
issues. There will be analysis of environmentally responsible
aviation companies and a real-time poll of conference attendees on
environmental issues. An effort also will be made to produce a
best-practices guide for aviation companies.
"We need to look at
things such as purchases and the design and technologies that take
into account the life-cycle of products," Miller says. "The whole
industry needs to work together." Miller's move is timely as the
aviation community increasingly will have to respond to
environmental issues in the coming years, says Eileen Denne,
spokeswoman for Airport Councils International -North America in
"It will be one of the priorities for [the organization] in
2008," said Denne with the U.S. branch of Switzerland based ACI
that represents 180 airports and airport authorities, plus 400
associated members in the United States and Canada. Orlando
International points out the local airport's current layout was
developed with the environment in mind back in 1981, according to
spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell.
The airport also uses an underground system to fuel aircraft
instead of fueling tankers, which reduces fumes and spillage. It
also employs a staff biologist who works on wildlife management on
the airport's 14,000 acres.
Officials for Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB,
mapped to the right) also does much to be environmentally
responsible, including wildlife management and energy conservation
programs. Two biofuel manufacturing companies are interested in
setting up businesses at the airport. One has signed a lease and a
second is about to, says Diane Crews, vice president of
administration for the Sanford Airport Authority.