A Canadian demonstration has provided new evidence for the technical viability of non-fossil aviation fuels, with the first flight of a civil jet powered by 100 per cent unblended biofuel.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) carried out the flight over Ottawa on 29 October using a Falcon 20 jet burning a drop-in fuel produced from a dedicated industrial oilseed. ThisCarinata oilseed feedstock was developed by Agrisoma Biosciences and partners ARA and CLG with $2.5m in government of Canada funding through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
A second aircraft, a T-33, tailed the Falcon in flight and collected information on the emissions generated by the biofuel. NRC research experts are now analysing this information to better understand the environmental impact of biofuel. Preliminary results are expected to be released in the following weeks.