Jackson Hole Becomes Latest To Demo SAF

 - September 9, 2019, 11:50 AM
The 7,300 gallon shipment of SAF provided by Avfuel found its way into 35 business and commercial aircraft between Sept. 3 and 4 at Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport. The concentrated SAF was produced by Gevo, Inc. and blended with standard petroleum-based jet fuel by Avfuel prior to delivery. The SAF demonstration was was held at the airport as part of an eco-focused event which corresponded with the ribbon cutting for the airport's new stormwater detention and filtration system.

Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming became the most recent location for business aviation operators to sample sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) last week when Avfuel provided 7,300 gallons of the blended fuel to Jackson Hole Aviation, the airport-operated FBO. As demonstrated in events earlier this year such as at Van Nuys, California, in January and at several locations in the U.S. and Europe ahead of EBACE, SAF is a drop-in replacement for standard jet-A.

“These demonstration-type days are key to raising awareness on the viability of sustainable aviation fuel,” said Keith Sawyer, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based fuel provider’s manager of alternative fuels. “They prove the concept that the product exists, it is safe, and it provides a great benefit to the environment.”

The shipment represented a reduction of two metric tons in the life-cycle CO2 emissions. As supplying SAF continues to represent a hurdle in the widespread use of the fuel, Avfuel hopes that events such as this will raise awareness of it and encourage further production in the fuel supply chain.

“The Jackson Hole Airport plans to have this fuel on-site when it is readily available,” said Jim Elwood, the airport’s executive director. “We look forward to the day when using this cleaner, efficient fuel will set standards, not only for our airport but also for airports and aviators around the globe.”