Thirteen aviation groups, including NBAA and GAMA, are firmly supporting continued research by the Department of Defense on the use of biofuels after the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to strip funding for those efforts. By a 13-12 vote last month, Senate committee members are blocking Defense participation in programs to construct biofuel refineries and have prohibited the Pentagon from purchasing renewable biofuels that are more expensive than regular jet fuel.
Food vs. fuel
Boeing and Japan’s ANA conducted the first-ever transpacific flight powered with biofuel on Tuesday using the airline’s newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Ferried between Paine Field in Everett, Wash., and Tokyo Haneda Airport for a regularly scheduled delivery, the airplane flew the nine-hour, 4,340-nm mission with a 15-percent biofuel blend made mainly from used cooking oil.