Business Aviation Community Holds Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) Demonstration & Communication Activity at Van Nuys, CA airport

23 January 2019 – On Jan. 17, the Business Aviation Community executed a significant demonstration activity entitled “Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability.” Avfuel supplied 6,200 gallons of Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel, and World Fuel Services supplied 8,000 gallons of World Energy Paramount’s hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) fuel to Van Nuys, CA airport (VNY). The fuel was delivered to jet-powered business aircraft by the four VNY fixed-base operators (FBOs): Jet Aviation, Clay Lacy Aviation, Castle & Cooke Aviation and Signature Flight Support. Additionally, business jets from Bombardier, Gulfstream, and Embraer flew to VNY fueled with SAJF blends, and undertook demonstration flights for press and dignitaries.

VNY is one of top-10 busiest general aviation airports in the U.S. The demonstration highlights the business aviation industry’s commitment to the development and use of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF), and how seamlessly these fuels can be integrated with normal airport operations. VNY reported that 140 departures were fueled with SAJF blends during the 24-hour event. The event included remarks from the major BizAv industry associations (EBAA, GAMA, IBAC, NATA, and NBAA) and local dignitaries, informational industry presentations about SAJF, in-flight demonstrations, a press event, and a networking reception.

CAAFI Executive Director Steve Csonka participated in the panel and press discussions, providing perspective to the 150+ attendees about potential GHG reductions, various production pathways, and how the aviation industry qualifies these fuels for use in flight. He emphasized that clear signals from the operator/FBO/supplier network to producers about their interest in purchasing and using SAJF are necessary for new producers to close on financing and build new SAJF production facilities. Csonka also remarked on additional SAJF benefits of reduced tailpipe emissions of sulfur oxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and unburned hydrocarbons (all regulated pollutants) near the airport.

This VNY event represents the latest phase of CAAFI’s collaboration with the BizAv community to meet the sustainability goals of the entire jet-powered aviation industry. Additional events are expected to follow later this year.

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