People are concerned about noise, emissions and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, general director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the transliteration of its Russian acronym, TsAGI). He was delivering one of the keynote addresses at the 2017 Conference of the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA), hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). “I like the idea of seamless travel. We need to do something to make travel faster.” He pointed out that it takes about 11 hours to fly from the far west of Russia to the country’s far east, a fact that emphasises the importance of aviation to Russia.