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Statement by AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey on approval of alternative jet fuel specification

AIA is pleased that the fuels subcommittee of ASTM International approved a new specification for alternative jet fuel from the Fischer-Tropsch process Wednesday. This is a significant step toward the broad production and use of cleaner aviation fuels that combat global warming and enable future aviation growth.    

The subcommittee's approval means that this fuel has cleared a significant milestone. Once approved by ASTM, and accepted by the Federal Aviation Administration, synthetic paraffinic kerosene from the Fischer-Tropsch process (FT-SPK) can be blended with conventional fuels and used as a substitute to crude oil-derived jet fuel by airlines, private aviation and the military.  

As a founder of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, a government-industry partnership working toward the development of cleaner, more affordable fuel options, AIA and many of its members have been actively engaged in the advancement of alternative aviation fuels.  

Approval of FT-SPK will pave the way for near-term approval of sustainable, plant-based biofuels that hold great promise for significantly lowering , aviation's carbon footprint on a lifecycle basis. further adding to the options for increased fuel availability, and potentially resulting in a much lower CO2 lifecycle for aviation fuels. It will send a strong signal to those developing alternative jet fuel technologies and production facilities that there is a clear path to market for cleaner fuels that combat global warming and enable future aviation growth.

Press release issued by AIA Aerospace Industries Association on June 26, 2009


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