First Jet Flight with Biodiesel Fuel

 - October 31, 2007, 6:11 AM

Green Flight International last month conducted the first flight of a jet using 100-percent biodiesel fuel. The experimental test flight was flown by an L-29, a military aircraft that is rated to fly on a variety of fuels, including heating oil, making it a “preferred platform” for testing biodiesel in jet engines. Flight tests were conducted up to an altitude of 17,000 feet, showing no significant difference in performance compared with conventional jet fuel. “This test program between Green Flight International and Biodiesel Solutions was an…exciting opportunity to show what can be done in renewable fuels,” said Biodiesel Solutions president Rudi Wiedemann. “The very idea of using 100-percent biodiesel to fly a jet aircraft makes a compelling statement about the possibilities for the future of renewable energy and a healthier planet.” Green Flight plans to fly a biodiesel-fueled Learjet 35 around the world next year.