First Biofuel Flight Across the Atlantic Seeks to Promote an Aviation Energy Alternative
Perhaps there wasn’t the same fanfare that greeted the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927, but a corporate jet today completed a trans-Atlantic flight that is an important first in the effort to reduce aviation’s dependence on petroleum.
A Honeywell-operated Gulfstream G450 that took off Friday night from an airfield in Morristown, New Jersey and landed seven hours later in Paris became the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe on a 50-50 blend of biofuel and petroleum-based jet fuel. The flight comes on the eve of the aviation industry’s huge Paris Air Show, and just after Hydrotreated Renewable Jet Fuel (HRJ) received its much-awaited initial certification from the standards-setting body, ASTM International.
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