aircraft fly green to nbaa-bace on avfuel’s saf at ksln

October 21, 2019

Operators fueling at Avflight Salina helped further business aviation’s carbon neutrality goals by flying on Avfuel’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Flight starting fueling on Friday, October 19 and will continue through Sunday, October 20. This effort is in coordination with an industry wide initiative to meet carbon neutrality goals and part of a broader set of activities happening all week at NBAA BACE in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In total, Avfuel supplied 7300 gallons of SAF to the airport with the sustainable product providing 2 metric tons reduction in the life cycle CO2 emissions. Avfuel, with partner Avflight Salina, fueled aircraft represented by high-profile OEMs— Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, HondaJet and Cessna Textron—with the sustainable product.
“These demonstration-type days have been key to increasing visibility and understanding on the viability of sustainable aviation fuel,” added Keith Sawyer, manager of alternative fuels for Avfuel. “We are getting more interest and inquiries on a daily basis from airports, OEMs, FBOs and operators.”
And as supply of SAF continues to be the most challenging hurdle to bringing the product to market on a commercial scale, the fuel supplier hopes raising awareness will help inspire commitments by operators to use the product. By creating the demand, Avfuel’s aim is to encourage further production for greater sustainable representation in the fuel supply chain.
“Due to recent global events and viral activity our industry needs to respond with continuous progress on this front” said Sawyer. “We appreciate very much the efforts of the aviation coalition members who are diligently working together toward our end goal.”
Avfuel sources it concentrated SAF from Gevo, Inc., and blends it with petroleum-based jet fuel. This mixture is then tested for fuel quality and to ensure it meets ASTM D1655 standards. The product has a net benefit to the environment across its lifecycle. Created from cornstarch, for every one million gallons of the concentrated SAF that is produced, approximately 10 million pounds of animal feed and protein is sold into the food chain, and the final jet fuel product burns cleaner, reducing carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.
Those interested in learning more about sustainable aviation fuel are encouraged to visit avfuel.com/Fuel/Alternative-Fuels or contact Sawyer at ksawyer@avfuel.com for more information.