On January 17, Los Angeles-area Van Nuys Airport (VNY) will play host to a milestone event in the development and adoption of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF). Titled Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability, the day-long event will mark the official launch of SAJF use in private aircraft, making VNY the first dedicated GA airport to offer it on a trial basis.
First announced during the most recent NBAA-BACE, organizers have now outlined plans for the event. The demonstration day, which begins at 10 a.m., will feature an SAJF workshop and panel discussion, flight demonstrations of aircraft powered by SAJF, a luncheon, media briefing, and reception, all aimed at highlighting the industry’s long-standing commitment to emissions reduction, with a goal of carbon neutrality by 2020. On that day, all of the airport's FBOs will have SAJF-blended fuel available for those who wish to use it.
In addition to local civic leaders, on hand to commemorate the event will be industry luminaries including NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen; Pete Bunce, president and CEO of GAMA; Bombardier Business Aircraft president and chair of GAMA’s environment committee, David Coleal; IBAC director general Kurt Edwards; Athar Husain Khan, secretary general of the EBAA; Gary Dempsey, president of NATA; Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports; and Van Nuys Airport Association president Curt Castagna, among others.