Biofuels offer a tremendous opportunity for the U.S. and Canadian aviation industry to reduce emissions and costs, as well as support our nation’s energy security goals. As fuel represents the number one cost to the airline industry, ALPA has long been supportive of policies to support the development of advanced biofuels such as the Domestic Fuel for Enhancing National Security Act of 2011 (S. 1079). By ignoring policies to promote biofuel development and use, policy makers put the U.S. airline industry at a disadvantage.
Canada Conducts Real-time Biofuel Tests with Falcon 20
by NIGEL MOLL
Canada’s National Research Council has been flight-testing its Dassault Falcon 20 fueled by biofuel while sampling the exhaust using a probe fitted to a Lockheed T-33 chase plane, the group announced this week at the Farnborough Airshow. NRC believes the exercise to be a world first.
The flights took place over the past two months and pushed the mix 10 percent beyond the certified 50/50 blend of fossil fuel and the biofuel, which is produced from a new, domestically grown feedstock crop derived from Brassica carinata, basically a “hardy weed,” and optimized for aviation use by Agrisoma Biosciences. Flights at an even split and at a ratio of 60-percent bio and 40-percent fossil were made under various conditions.