The Aviation Working Group is charged with developing strategies and initiatives to implement Navy energy goals within the Naval Aviation community. This includes developing operational and policy goals, as well as technologies designed to reduce energy consumption across the Naval Aviation Enterprise. The Aviation Working Group is working closely with the other military services, allies, government agencies and commercial industry to increase energy security and efficiency. The energy programs that are developed help to achieve the Navy energy strategy, while also promoting a culture of energy efficiency through new training programs and technological updates.
Energy programs currently managed within the aviation community include:
- The F/A-18 F414 Engine Efficiency Demonstration will test engine technologies with the objective to decrease the amount of fuel using during flight. This program has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by 3 percent per hour of flight. Improvements in naval aviation simulation will provide advanced alternative training solutions and further reduce demand on limited energy resources.
- The Advanced Engine Technology Development initiative and the Aviation Energy Conservation Research and Development Program are efforts designed to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. These programs also include improvements to current systems, such as the T-56 engine.
- The Naval Aviation Energy Conservation (Air ENCON) program is designed to optimize fuel consumption by naval aviation units – without adversely impacting mission execution or safety – to ensure the right amount of fuel is available for sustained mission readiness. The program aims to standardize energy conservation best practices and drive the implementation of these practices across the naval aviation community. In doing so, Air ENCON seeks to reduce fuel consumption by 4% by 2020.