The aviation industry has just taken on October 29 a new milestone in achieving historical thought in Canada, the first flight of a jet civil fully powered with biofuel.
Of pure biofuel was used to fuel the engine of Falcon 20 – one of the twin jet of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) specifically equipped and among the best suited for such a feat – while flying over the Canadian capital.
A second plane, a T-33, following the first, collecting information in its wake on emissions of the biofuel. NRC experts then analyze this data to better understand the impact of biofuels on the environment. Preliminary results should be announced in the coming weeks.
“I am proud to be part of the crew of the first civilian flight in the world with only biofuel,” said Mark Alexander, flight engineer at the NRC. “We worked hard with our partners for several months and this is a great reward to see the final result. It is truly inspiring to make a further step towards respecting the environment. ”
“I commend the NRC Aerospace experts who contributed to the historic breakthrough made today in the field of aviation, said Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear. It is of an outstanding example of collaboration between government and industry in order to move innovations to commercialization stage. NRC leverages investments by our government to support the Canadian economy by giving its partners the means to develop sustainable energy solutions and make the market. ”
The variety of oilseeds used to make biofuel is unique in that it is culturally appropriate semi-arid soil, which makes it ideal production in the Prairie, a large area of flat sedimentary land extending Western Canada. This year, forty and commercial producers have signed an agreement to cultivate 6,000 acres (or 2428 ha) of oilseeds, which will fully produce biofuel for aircraft.