27 MAY 2019


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Article from BTNews 27 MAY 2019

Business aviation goes green

A little piece of aviation history was made last week at EBACE, Europe’s business aviation gathering, when 27 business jets in the 60-strong line up in the static display arrived fuelled by sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF).

The environment is the biggest barrier to aviation growth, especially to bizav, also increasingly under threat from growing LCC’s taking their slots. 

On the previous Saturday (18 May), at a ‘mini EBACE’ event at TAG Farnborough Airport, a coalition of aviation organisations led by EBAA and a panel of aviation fuel companies, highlighted their work and challenges ahead to 120 industry guests. 

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps flew in his own Saratoga to lend support of the now 122-member APPG aviation group.

Twelve aircraft flew to Geneva from Farnborough burning SAJF, including the newly-certificated Embraer Praetor 600; Phenom 100/300; Gulfstream 550; Cirrus Vision Jet; Bombardier 6500 and Challenger 350; Textron Aviation Latitude and Avanti EVO.   The other big theme in Geneva, aired in the Innovation Zone was futurologist aircraft – hybrid electric craft, flying cars.  A vertical business jet model (Pegasus One) was among the future stars of the show. And, to the jubilation of many, Pilatus re-opened the PC-24 order book.  

A full EBACE report will come from Alison Chambers next week.


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