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Aviation Biofuels Report

by John M. White |

Yesterday I wrote about a USAF A-10C aircraft conducting a demonstration on the feasibility of using aviation biofuels and how the test flight went off without a hitch. As concern grows over the use of fossil fuels, and the U.S. dependence on foreign oil supplies, the push is on to replace oil with aviation biofuels. An added advantage, of course, is that the refining process produces fewer emissions, while the fuel being burned in the aircraft leaves fewer pollutants in the upper atmosphere as well. Even some major airlines have been exploring aviation biofuels for their own fleets of aircraft in an effort to reduce operating costs and meet environmental standards.
A guest contributor on this blog, Mackinnon Lawrence, has produced a report on Camelina Aviation Biofuels which predicts that by 2025 Camelina biofuel will be produced for aviation and the biodiesel market segment, creating over 25,000 new jobs (President Obama, are you listening?), $ 5.5B in new revenues and increasing agricultural income by some $ 3.5B per year. Camelina Aviation Biofuels Report Quoting from the Biomass Intel website "Camelina sativa is a non-food, low-input energy crop that can be grown as a rotation crop in place of summer fallow to generate new farm income. Camelina meal by-product also holds promise as a high-protein animal feed to boost Omega-3 content in meats, dairy, poultry, eggs and pork products. The FDA recently approved Camelina meal as a component of livestock feed rations, and tests have shown measurable increases in Omega-3 meat and dairy content." Today there are more than 75 Camelina research projects ongoing in more than 20 U.S. states, and details the plan to provide a consortium of some 15 airlines with more than 100 million gallons of Camelina-based jet fuel by 2014. The prospects of becoming energy independent for our aviation fuel needs is truly a project worthy of note, and hopefully they will develop a version to power our piston powered aircraft as well. What do you think? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Man's flight through life is sustained by the power of his knowledge. — Austin 'Dusty' Miller, the quote on the Eagle & Fledgling statue at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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