Gulfstream completes 100% SAF flight
The flight took place on a Gulfstream G600 aircraft, which departed the company’s headquarters in Savannah on November 19 and landed six hours, 56 minutes later at Farnborough Airport in England.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney PW815GA engines, both using 100% SAF, this mission showcased the potential for aviation’s future use of renewable fuels, which feature lower carbon, sulphur and aromatics.
The data collected from this endurance flight will help Gulfstream and its key suppliers gauge aircraft compatibility with future low-aromatic renewable fuels.
“Gulfstream is innovating for a sustainable future,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “One of the keys to reaching business aviation’s long-term decarbonisation goals is the broad use of SAF in place of fossil-based jet fuel.
“The completion of this world-class flight helps to advance business aviation’s overarching sustainability mission and create positive environmental impacts for future generations.”
The SAF used on the flight was produced by World Energy and delivered by World Fuel Services.
“Gulfstream continues to break new ground in the sustainable aviation space, and we applaud them for completing this mission as we work to validate the compatibility of our engines with unblended SAF,” said Anthony Rossi, vice-president, sales and marketing, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
Other key partners supporting this milestone included Honeywell, Safran and Eaton.