Entering the Age of BIO Fuels

A look at the progress of a viable alternative to petroleum-based aviation fuel

Vying for Approval
CAAFI announced recently that the ASTM International Committee on petroleum products and lubricants passed a synthetic fuel standard, D7566, “Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons,” which will allow fuels containing synthetic hydrocarbons derived from non-petroleum
sources to be used in aviation.

In June, industry sponsored Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) and an ASTM International subcommittee approved a new specification that details the properties and criteria necessary to control the manufacture and quality of alternative fuels for safe use in aviation.

On August 4, the full ASTM committee passed the specification that will enable the use of synthetic fuels in aviation.

In a recent press release, Air Transport Association (ATA) president James May states, “For the industry specifically, this brings us one step closer to our aim of widespread production of cleaner, alternative fuels.”

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