Oregon FBO First in State to Offer SAF

 - August 23, 2022, 1:06 PM
SAF has an established foothold in Oregon, with Hillsboro Aviation, one of three FBOs at Oregon's Portland-Hillsboro Airport, taking its first load of the renewable fuel. (Photo: Hillsboro Aviation)

Another West Coast FBO is now offering continuous supplies of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Hillsboro Aviation, a service provider at Portland-Hillsboro Airport (KHIO), is the first in the state of Oregon to offer SAF.

“Our Oregon roots—as a company and as a team—mean we’re passionate about doing what’s right for the environment, and in turn, what’s right for our team, our customers, and our community,” said company v-p and COO Ryan McCartney. “It’s a point of pride for our team to be the first FBO to welcome SAF supply in Oregon.”

The location received its first 8,000-gallon truckload of blended SAF from Avfuel earlier this month. A blend of 30 percent neat SAF and 70 percent jet-A, each load of the Neste-produced SAF provides a lifecycle carbon emissions savings of 19 tonnes, the equivalent of the amount of carbon sequestered annually by 22.5 acres of forests.

“The team at Portland’s Hillsboro Aviation is passionate about environmental conservation, which made it the perfect first FBO partner to establish SAF supply in the state,” noted Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s manager of alternative fuels.

Neste’s SAF is produced from renewable waste and residue feedstocks such as used cooking oil and is approved under ASTM D-1655 as a drop-in fuel at blends of up to 50 percent.