ASCENT Names New Assistant Director

31 January 2018 – The Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT), also known as the FAA Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment, has hired Carol Sim as the new Assistant Director. Sim previously served as Director of Environmental Affairs for Alaska Airlines, Carol Sim, as the Assistant Director. See ASCENT’s press release copied below:

Washington State University (WSU)-led Aviation Center hires Assistant Director, Carol Sim
PULLMAN, Wash. - Previously the Director of Environmental Affairs for Alaska Airlines, Carol Sim has been hired as the Assistant Director for the Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT) at WSU. Sim brings more than thirty years of experience in managing environmental compliance, sustainability, and biofuel programs and has previously worked with the Center as an industry advisor.

As the Assistant Director, Sim will act as the Center’s industry liaison, working directly with the ASCENT
Advisory Committee, a group made up of industry members, regulatory agencies, non-profits, and more.
Sim will also work closely with the ASCENT director, Dr. Michael Wolcott, to manage the Center’s communication and outreach efforts.

Also known as the FAA Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment, ASCENT is a cooperative aviation research organization co-led by Washington State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Projects funded through ASCENT are providing the aviation industry, governmental agencies, communities, and policy-makers with science-based solutions for the environmental challenges facing aviation.

First U.S., Australia Flight Fueled by Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel

30 January 2018 – A historic Qantas flight took off from Los Angeles International Airport Sunday and landed in Melbourne, Australia 15 hours later after a successful flight demonstration using a 10% blended fuel processed from Carinata. This was the first commercial flight between the two countries that used alternative jet fuel. Agrisoma intends to work with Australian farmers to grow Carinata as the country’s first commercial aviation alternative jet fuel feedstock by 2020. AltAir, who recently achieved RSB certification, converted the feedstock and World Fuel Services provided fuel supplier support for the effort. The blended fuel reduced the flight’s carbon emissions by 7-8 percent compared to 100% petroleum-based fuel.

Read the Qantus press release here.

CAAFI’s SOAP-Jet Series Continues focus on ASCENT Projects with NJFCP Presentation

24 January 2018 – On January 19, 2018, CAAFI’s R&D Team’s SOAP-Jet webinar series continued its focus on current alternative jet fuel-related work under the Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT), with a presentation by Professor Joshua Heyne (University of Dayton, ASCENT) entitled, “The National Jet Fuels Combustion Program (NJFCP): Initial Results of Alternative Fuel Effects on Combustor Performance (Lean Blowout and Ignition)”.

The NJFCP’s mission is to help streamline the certification process for alternative jet fuels. Historically, this certification process has been expensive and time intensive due to testing in proprietary engine manufacturers' hardware. The NJFCP strives to accomplish this mission by: 1) bounding combustion performance of extreme alternative and conventional fuels, 2) developing modeling tools capable of predicting varying fuel performance characteristics, and 3) transitioning modeling capacity to tools which engine manufacturers can use to model proprietary hardware. This webinar presentation provided an overview of the NJFCP and some of the initial results from the program and how they could relate to a novel fuel entering the certification process.

The webinar was well-attended with approximately 70 participants. To view the presentation slide deck, click here.

For a summary report of the composition and properties of reference jet fuel used in the NJFCP see the report here.

SOAP-Jet webinars are intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative jet fuel community to discuss progress and related gaps and challenges, share lessons learned, methodologies, and strategies in order to promote communication among stakeholders and enable commercialization of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF).

Join CAAFI at ABLC2018 - February 28- March 2, 2018 - The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC

17 January 2018 –The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership “ABLC2018 Conference” will take place on February 28 through March 2, 2018 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. This year CAAFI is co-sponsoring ABLC2018’s 8th Annual Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit that will look at major commercialization strides in the development of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) and what’s driving SAJF to scale, including:

• Deployment-ready technologies using waste oils, MSW, cellulosic and conventional sugars, veggie oils, woody biomass and more;
• Supply chain collaborations;
• Signature offtake and investment agreements with the likes of United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Southwest, Alaska Airlines;
• Full Commercial Deployments, and;
• The collaborative support of aviation companies like Boeing and research consortia around the country and the world.

For more information including the agenda and registration details, click here.

We hope to see you there!

Baere Aerospace Completes Report Assessing ASTM Testing Methods for Alternative Jet Fuels

05 January 2018 – Baere Aerospace Consulting, Inc. has provided CAAFI with a white paper on “Considerations for Using Existing Standards as Part of Alternative Jet Fuels Approval and Deployment”, summarizing their report performed for the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) under the document AV-23-15 “Adequacy of Existing Test Methods for Aviation Jet Fuel and Additive Property Evaluation,” July 2017, available from The work entailed reviewing all of the standards and specifications referenced in ASTM D-1655 Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuels, ASTM D7566, Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuels Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons, and ASTM D4054, Standard Practice for Qualification and Approval of New Aviation Turbine Fuels and Fuel Additives to determine what, if any, impact a change in the fuel composition or in how the standard was used might have on the results. The purpose of the study was to assess the continued adequacy of the referenced test standards for use with: fuels prepared in manners other than those used with traditional petroleum crude; D7566 blendstocks which may not be fluids meeting the traditional kerosene distillation profile; and additives. Out of 140 test methods identified, six documents of probable concern are presented in the white paper.

CAAFI works closely with ASTM, CRC, and other entities to enhance the certification process for alternative jet fuels.

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