Under the new program, customers will be able to purchase carbon offsets for flight time in an effort to move the company to full carbon neutrality.
“The aviation industry plays a key role in addressing the climate crisis,” said Kyle McDaniel, Commonwealth Aviation’s founder. “It’s my hope that this program will spur other local flight schools to take similar steps.”
“According to data provided by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, EPA, and FAA, we know that general aviation contributes less than 1% of all US GHG emissions,” he continued. “We have concluded that an average piston aircraft like a Cessna 172 training aircraft produces approximately 80kg of CO2 per flight hour.”
For $1.50 per hour, customers can offset that pollution, he said.
“We felt the need to take a large step towards carbon neutrality because we owe it to ourselves, our customers, and our community, as we expand our operations address the pilot shortage,” McDaniel said.