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Alternative jet fuels promise a brighter future for business aviation and society at large

The business aviation industry has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing its environmental impact, this time during Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability, a demonstration day on the viability of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF).

To show the performance power of SAJF, a coalition of international business aviation organisations joined Los Angeles civic leaders for a demonstration event in Van Nuys, California. The day included demonstration flights of business aircraft, an official ceremony, and an SAJF workshop and guide overview.

Three top takeaways

The success of the trial flights clearly highlighted:

  1. 01. SAJF are safe and do not impact aircraft performance;
  2. 02. SAJF offer great impact and benefits to the airport and the community, including reduced particulate matter;
  3. 03. SAJF reflect the commitment to business aircraft carbon reduction.

“This first-ever event focused on business aviation’s use of SAJF demonstrates the industry’s strong interest in reducing its environmental impacts, particularly its carbon emissions,” commented International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Director General, Kurt Edwards. “SAJF represents a critical measure to help meet the sector’s global commitment to halve carbon emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 levels.”

Always at the forefront of innovation, business aviation will be an international leader in taking up and seeing the benefits of this cutting-edge and available technology.
International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Director General, Kurt Edwards

Putting to rest concerns about alternative fuels

The SAJF initiative is intended to address concerns within the industry regarding the safety of alternative jet fuels, and increase its availability at all logical touchpoints: manufacturers, ground handlers and operators, and at regional, national and international levels.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed that SAJF is safe to use. The fuel is chemically equivalent to conventional Jet-A, offering the same performance and safety standards. Each gallon of fuel burned achieves more than a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (relative to petroleum-based jet fuel) on a daily basis.

Record-breaking flights

Gulfstream Aerospace showed the high performance of SAJF by using it on a record-breaking flight from Savannah, Georgia, to Van Nuys, California, on its super-midsize Gulfstream G280 aircraft, a 4,154 km journey covered in 4 hours and 49 minutes. Since 2011, Gulfstream’s company aircraft have flown approximately 700,000 nautical miles with SAJF, saving more than 750 metrics tons of carbon dioxide, according to Gulfstream President Mark Burns.

Full industry commitment

Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability was made possible through the efforts of EBAA, GAMA, IBAC, NATA, NBAA and VNAA, in coordination with Avfuel Corporation, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Gevo, Inc., World Energy, World Fuel Services and other industry stakeholders.

“The commitment of this coalition to continued emissions reduction is one shared across the business aviation sector. In fact, thanks to a continuing focus on emissions, business aircraft today are cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient than ever. I am therefore proud to say, on behalf of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), that we fully endorse this initiative and appreciate all of the coalition’s efforts and are looking forward to continuing this momentum on the European continent,” said European Business Aviation Association Secretary-General Athar Husain Khan.

Learn more about the SAJF initiative, see a full list of participants and view a video stream of key portions from the event at Van Nuys Airport at futureofsustainablefuel.com.

Follow business aviation’s commitment to alternative fuels on Twitter and Facebook at #Sustainability.