Historic first flight of biodiesel powered jet
19 October 2007Reno, USA: A successful test flight, using 100% bio-diesel fuel, was conducted in the skies above Reno, USA in an L-29 military aircraft piloted by Carol Sugars and Douglas Rodante. The aircraft reached 17,000 feet without showing any significant drop in performance.
The historic flight was carried out on a Czechoslovakian-L-29 trainer aircraft, which is designed to run on a variety of fuels, including heating oil. The aircraft had already undergone extensive testing with a blend of jet fuel and biodiesel, before engine data was deemed to be acceptable to make a flight using 100% renewable biodiesel fuel.
The historic achievement is the result of a partnership between Biodiesel Solutions and Green Flight International, which is the brainchild of Douglas Rodante. Green Flight was founded in April 2006 to focus on future development in the use of environmentally friendly fuels in aviation and other sectors.
An aircraft flight from London to New York produces more than 1.4 tons of carbon emissions per passenger, along with nitrous oxide and vapour trails emitted from jet engines.