Gulfstream Notches G280 City-pair Record using Biofuel

 - January 18, 2019, 9:59 AM
The Gulfstream G280 made the 4-hour, 49-minute trip from Savannah, Georgia to Van Nuys, California in 4 hours, and 49-minutes, demonstrating the performance capabilities of SAJF use.

Gulfstream’s G280 set a city-pair record using sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) on Wednesday while flying to California's Van Nuys Airport to participate in yesterday's industry-wide event, “Business Jet Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability,” held to promote the use of SAJF. The record flight spanned 2,243 nm from Savannah, Georgia, to Van Nuys in 4 hours and 49 minutes, averaging a speed of Mach 0.85 and a ground speed of 465.35 knots despite average headwinds of 76 knots.

According to Gulfstream, the flight and the demonstration flight held yesterday at Van Nuys were part of the company’s reaffirmation of its long-standing commitment to sustainability. “Gulfstream has been involved with SAJF since June 2011, when a Gulfstream G450 became the first business jet to cross the Atlantic on a blend of the fuel,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “Since then, we’ve taken ever-greater steps in supporting sustainability, including securing a dedicated supply of SAJF for our corporate, demonstration, and flight-test fleet.”

Gulfstream has flown 700,000 nm using SAFJ, Burns added, estimating this has saved more than 750 metric tons of carbon dioxide. “SAJF is not only better for the environment, but using this fuel to set city-pair records highlights its performance capabilities,” he further said.

The company continues to expand its use, with plans to begin offering SAFJ to customers using its Long Beach, California facility this year, as well as using it for its large-cabin completions flights that depart from Long Beach Airport. Gulfstream has been using a 30/70 blend of SAJF and jet-A in its Savannah operations since 2016.

The city-pair record, the 64th for the G280, is pending U.S. National Aeronautic Association approval. Once it receives that nod, the record will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for world recognition.