A Falcon 20 jet owned by the National Research Council of Canada will be the first civil jet to fly on 100% biofuel meeting petroleum jet fuel specifications. Tests to date have typically used a 50-50 blend of biofuel and regular kerosene jet fuel.
The ReadiJet fuel, derived from mustard oilseeds, is made by Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG). The two companies announced the tests here at the ILA Berlin Air Show, where they are exhibiting in the Alternative Aviation Fuels Pavilion. The fuel was made under contract to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, using CLG’s and ARA’s catalyst-based isoconversion process that converts biomass into petroleum crude.
NRC’s flight test team will be able to switch back and forth in flight between bio- and regular jet fuel, enabling them to run either engine on 100% biofuel. The NRC’s T-33 chase plane will follow close behind, measuring emissions in flight.