First Biodiesel Trans-Continental Jet Flight
This week, Green Flight International is back with the announcement that the BioJet I, an old L-29 military aircraft, flew across the U.S. burning pure biodiesel. The majority of the flight was made using pure biodiesel, 1,776 miles of the 2,486-mile trip to be precise, the rest was made on a 50/50 blend of biodiesel and standard jet fuel. This takes the team one step closer to their ultimate goal of a round the world flight made using onli biodiesel.
The other related aviation biodiesel story this week comes from Air New Zealand and Boeing. The two companies said they would fly out of Auckland on December 3rd with a 747-400 jetliner that will run one of its four engines using jathropha biofuel. Air NZ said this will make it “the first airline to use a commercially viable biofuel sourced using sustainability best practices.”
ERIE, Pa., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Leading the way in the biodieselindustry, Lake Erie Biofuels, LLC has made history with co-sponsoring thefirst ever biodiesel trans-continental jet flight “Green FlightInternational.” “With Lake Erie Biofuels supporting this project, I had fullconfidence in the aircraft’s ability to perform at peak capability,” saidGreen Flight’s Chief Pilot Carol Sugars.
Lake Erie Biofuels, an Erie Management Group company, and world-classbiodiesel production facility located in Northwest Pennsylvania, announcedtoday the completion of the world’s first jet flight powered by biodiesel.”This transcontinental flight was distinctive in that 1,776 miles of the 2,486total miles flown were powered on 100% biodiesel,” said Douglas Rodante, GreenFlight International President and CEO. Only 710 miles of the flight werepowered by a mixture of 50% biodiesel and 50% standard jet fuel. The 50/50fuel mix was used to compare performance data and demonstrate the capabilityof blending biodiesel with existing jet fuel supplies.
Green Flight International (www.greenflightinternational.com) was foundedin 2006 to promote wider adoption of environmentally-friendly fuels incommercial aviation through international television media and print outlets.Michael L. Noble, President of Lake Erie Biofuels states, “Our accomplishmentwith Green Flight International marks a vital breakthrough for the masstransportation industry and sets the stage for future growth. We congratulateGreen Flight International, and are proud of our role in providing theaviation industry with environmentally friendly, clean, petroleum substitutes.This is something we can all take pride in.”
Lake Erie Biofuels, a BQ9000 accredited producer and marketer, wasselected by Green Flight International to supply the biodiesel for therecord-breaking flight because of its national recognition and superiorquality standards. Lake Erie Biofuels incorporates a unique, internallydesigned filtration system and Desmet Ballestra continuous-flow technology –the vanguard in industry processing methods. A state of-the-art on-sitelaboratory, promises clean, pure and consistent fuel certifying every drop ofbiodiesel created.
SOURCE Lake Erie Biofuels, LLC