Sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF) are now available at a general aviation airport – Van Nuys in California.

On 17 January, a coalition of international business aviation organisations joined Los Angeles civic leaders to mark a milestone in the development and adoption of SAJF.

“We are excited to see our industry demonstrating the viability of sustainable alternative jet fuel at general aviation airports for business aviation users,” said General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President and CEO Pete Bunce.

“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.”

The day-long series of events included demonstration flights conducted by business aircraft, and established Van Nuys Airport as the first general aviation airport in the U.S. to offer SAJF on a trial basis, and served as a model for offering the fuels at other airports.

“As one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports – with 231,000 annual operations supporting diverse private, business and government aviation needs – Van Nuys Airport is committed to leading the way in environmental sustainability,” said Van Nuys Airport Association (VNAA) President Curt Castagna.

“The airport’s four fixed-base operators participating in this initiative exemplify the Van Nuys Airport Association’s long history of building collaborative partnerships among industry, business and community stakeholders to achieve meaningful progress and change.”

“This first-ever event focused on business aviation use of SAJF demonstrates the industry’s strong interest in reducing its environmental impacts, particularly its carbon emissions,” said International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Director General, Kurt Edwards.

“SAJF represents a critical measure to help meet the sector’s global commitment to halve carbon emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 levels. Always at the forefront of innovation, business aviation will be an international leader in taking up and seeing the benefits of this cutting-edge and available technology.”

The success of the trial flights demonstrated three key points:

  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, developed by a coalition of international aviation organizations, is intended, first, to address a “knowledge gap” on the availability of SAJF and concerns within the industry regarding its safety and, second, to advance the proliferation of alternative jet fuels at all the logical touchpoints: the manufacturers, the ground handlers and the operators, at the regional, national and international levels.

Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability was made possible through the efforts of EBAA, GAMA, IBAC, NATA, NBAA and VNAA, in coordination with Avfuel Corporation, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Gevo, Inc., World Energy, World Fuel Services and other industry stakeholders.