GAMA, NATA and NBAA extol Greener Aviation Fuel
Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels
Event at Van Nuys Airport
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association(GAMA), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), all three, jointly issued a press release in an effort to publicize the development and adoption of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF) through Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability
GAMA: President and CEO Pete Bunce.
“We are excited to see our industry demonstrating the viability of sustainable alternative jet fuel at general aviation airports for business aviation users… This event will help raise awareness of the safety and accessibility of the fuel, and demonstrate our industry’s commitment to building the necessary demand for SAJF that will be integral to achieving industry climate emissions goals.”
NATA: President Gary Dempsey
“Today’s ground-breaking event demonstrates that National Air Transportation Association (NATA) members across the supply chain – from fuel suppliers and distributors to aircraft owners and operators – are committed to a future of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel… Van Nuys Airport was the perfect backdrop for today’s activities, and we appreciate the support of the Van Nuys Airport Association, Los Angeles World Airports and the other coalition members in making ‘Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability’ a reality. We look forward to continuing to spread the message of the impact and benefits of SAJF throughout the industry and across the world.”
NBAA: President and CEO Ed Bolen.
“Business aviation has long led the way in promoting advances aimed at reducing the industry’s environmental footprint… We are proud to celebrate this major industry milestone, and look forward to launching SAJF flights in locations around the world.”
World Fuel Services provided 8,000 gallons of the blended renewable fuel produced by California-based World Energy for the event, while Gevo, through its distributor Avfuel, offered another 6,200 gallons, which were delivered to the FBOs on the field and mixed into their fuel supplies.
“Sustainable alternative jet fuel is the future for aviation, both in the commercial landscape and for business aviation,” said Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s manager of alternative fuels. “Avfuel is committed to the industry’s initiative to meet carbon neutrality goals and has worked diligently in the supply of and logistics for the environmentally-friendly product.”
As part of the event, operators flying in to Van Nuys’ Castle & Cooke Aviation and Signature Flight Support FBOs were able to purchase Avfuel’s new SAJF product on January 17, helping to significantly reduce carbon emissions.
Milt Hobbs, manager of aviation for a Fortune 100 company based in the Northeast, said, “the sustainable alternative jet fuel mission is an important initiative for business aviation. I’m happy to see the various aviation organizations working collaboratively to bring the product to fruition. Flying our aircraft on sustainable fuel would help support our company’s environmental goals. I’m particularly excited about the Van Nuys event as an introduction of the product to bizav, and learning more about how and when SAJF will become more widely available.”
The event’s message was summarized as follows:
1) SAJF are safe and do not impact aircraft performance.
2) SAJF offer great impact and benefits to the airport and the community, including reduced particulate matter.
3) SAJF reflect the commitment by business aviation to aircraft carbon reduction.
The SAJF Initiative Coalition, the sponsor of the Van Nuys event, is involved in the effort to educate industry and a broader audience about business aviation’s contributions to the “greening of aviation”. Its web page explains its broader mission:
The industry’s commitment to emissions reduction was further codified through the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change, with three aspirational goals contained in the commitment, unveiled in Nov. 2009. These goals are:
- A two-percent improvement in efficiency per year from 2010 until 2020;
- Carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onward; and
- A 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, relative to 2005.
These goals will be met through advancements in four pillars:
- More efficient operations;
- Continuing infrastructure improvements;
- Market-based measures, and
- Technology, including the development of alternative aircraft fuels.
A New Initiative to Build on the Industry’s Strong Emissions Record
In support of the “technology” component of the commitment, a coalition of business aviation organizations unveiled in May 2018 a product focused on raising awareness and adoption of available and emerging alternative jet fuel options. This product is part and parcel of the overall business aviation plan for emissions reduction.
The SAJF Initiative Coalition is part of the broader effort in this sphere. A leading element of the global initiative is the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI):
The CAAFI coalition focuses the efforts of the commercial aviation sector to engage the emerging alternative fuels industry. CAAFI enables its diverse participants—representing all the leading stakeholders in the field of aviation—to build relationships, share and collect data, identify resources, and direct research, development, and deployment of alternative jet fuels. CAAFI hosts technical workshops, coordinates with domestic and international aviation interests, participates in energy and financial industry forums, and communicates with stakeholders via webinars, presentations, and print media.
CAAFI members are organized into teams focused in four areas:
- Fuel Certification and Qualification
- Research and Development
CAAFI is co-sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the Airlines for America (A4A) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In addition, CAAFI membership consists of participants from hundreds of organizations including U.S. government agencies and trade associations, airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers, energy producers, university faculty, nongovernmental organizations, and consultants.
The FAA’s Office of Policy, International Affairs and Environment has resources for Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels and it lists the following as examples of its activities:
- The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative,
- CLEEN program
- Alternative Aviation Fuels Broad Agency Announcement .
- Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction
- Airport Cooperative Research Program
The FAA’s resources and programs will hopefully provide great green returns.
 A Google search of the headline found a plethora of aviation trade publications which reported the event, but only one radio station found it newsworthy.
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