Business aviation leaders launch event to affirm sustainable alternative jet fuel commitment


A coalition of international aviation organizations has launched an event to reaffirm the general aviation industry’s commitment to advancing the development and adoption of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF).

The event – named Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability, scheduled for January 17, 2019, at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California – will demonstrate that SAJF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative for today’s general aviation aircraft.

Jet fuel blended with SAJF will be available for use across the airport during the event, as operators fuel up and fly with the sustainable product. VNY’s four fixed-based operators (FBOs) have collaborated to participate in this initiative.

The newly announced event follows the May 2018 release of the Business Aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) at EBACE 2018 and a joint declaration by several leading general aviation organizations to promote the development of SAJF.

The release of the guide, the upcoming airport initiative and other efforts reflect the industry’s long-standing commitment to emissions reduction, including, among other aims, carbon neutrality from 2020 onward.

Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability is made possible by the efforts of the Van Nuys Airport Association (VNAA), the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), in coordination with Avfuel Corporation, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Phillips 66 and World Fuel Services.

Ed Bolen, president and CEO of NBAA, said, “The production of sustainable alternative jet fuel represents a key element in the business aviation community’s long-term goal of continually reducing the industry’s already low emissions footprint. We very much look forward to this event, which will help provide a proof of concept for delivering alternative jet fuels into the marketplace.”

Kurt Edwards, IBAC director, added, “The global business aviation industry has committed to mitigating and ultimately reducing its carbon emissions through a number of measures, including operational improvements and new technologies.

“Sustainable aviation fuel is a central technology that will propel us to meet our goals. IBAC commends the initiative at Van Nuys Airport as a solid first step with many more to come as business aviation, always on the cutting edge of technology, takes up such fuels.”

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