Honeywell (Booth No. 2600) has completed initial testing of renewable jet fuel on its TPE331 and TFE731 engines and an auxiliary power unit. Performance and fuel economy were comparable to typical aviation fuels, but emissions were reduced by 15 to 50 percent depending on the engine and its power setting. The biofuel blend tested was developed by UOP, a Honeywell subsidiary based in Des Plaines, Ill.
How many coconuts does a Boeing 747 need to fly from London to Amsterdam?
Last year amid much fanfare, a Virgin Atlantic 747-400 with one of its four engines fueled by a mix of 80 percent jet-A and 20 percent coconut and babassu oils flew the route in 40 minutes. Had all four engines been flying on biofuels alone, it would have required the oil from several million coconuts.
The FAA’s recent special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB: NE-09-25R1) regarding recommended safe-operating guidelines in the possible presence of the jet-fuel contaminant Fame (fatty acid methyl ester) has caused some confusion among operators. The agency is concerned that jet fuel could be exposed to Fame contamination through the use of multi-product fuel-transport systems and is taking steps to begin educating operators.
The 578,000 or so people who attended this year’s EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., consumed beverages contained in at least six tons of packaging. This year Anheuser-Busch Recycling and local Aviation Explorer Posts teamed up and collected 11,780 pounds of recyclable materials from the show grounds, including campgrounds. The haul of materials consisted of 70 percent plastic and 30 percent aluminum cans.
Aviation is not alone in its suffering at the hands of the emissions-trading scheme, and it should try to see its way through the frustration to some positive outcomes. This is the perspective of Sebastian Gallehr, whose Germany-based Gallehr Sustainable Risk Management company has been helping other industries with the complexities of ETS for more than seven years.
Many anxious aircraft operators scrambled to keep the August 31 deadline for registering for Europe’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) amid widespread confusion about the exact timetable for the process through which it will be implemented.
The implementation of Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) has begun amid widespread confusion on the part of the aircraft operators who stand subject to it and the government bodies responsible for running it. August 31 was supposed to have been the deadline by which operators had to register their plans for monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) carbon dioxide emissions from their fleet.
Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a UK- based company founded by a small group of scientists and engineers, is reaching out to the aviation industry in the hopes of marketing a carbon-neutral jet fuel made from carbon dioxide and hydrogen.
The administrative burden of complying with the confusing requirements of Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) comes at a time when many operators are facing a severe downturn and revenue declines of as much as 30 to 40 percent.
Aircraft operators needing to register their plans for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions data under Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) are probably facing a revised deadline of around Nov. 8, 2009. The European Commission (EC) on August 22 officially published a long-awaited revised list of operators and the European Union (EU) member states to which they have been allocated for compliance purposes.