FAA approved new alternative jet fuelStaff writer ▼ | April 21, 2016
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved a new alternative, environmentally-friendly, bio-based jet fuel, bringing the total number of these approved products for use in air travel to five.
New fuel It is created from an alcohol called isobutanol
In collaboration with the aviation industry, the FAA approves new renewable jet fuel pathways through ASTM International.
The FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) partnership with industry was crucial in completing the necessary steps to support ASTM International approval of this new fuel, known as Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK).
It is created from an alcohol called isobutanol that is derived from renewable feed stocks such as sugar, corn or forest wastes.
These new fuels will help the aviation industry meet its climate change goal of carbon neutral growth. For example, operation with ATJ-SPK could reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a life-cycle basis by up to 85 percent.
As more alternative jet fuels are developed, these products have the potential to be increasingly viable for cost-competitive production and broad use. ■