Operates Canada's First Biofuel-Powered Revenue Flight
By Eddy Metcalf
April 22, 2012 - Porter Airlines successfully conducted
the first biofuel-powered revenue flight in Canada. In
the successful conclusion to a test program that was
launched in 2010, the airline flew one of its Bombardier
Q400 turboprops from its base at Billy Bishop Toronto
City Airport to Ottawa using a 50/50 blend of biofuel
and Jet A1 fuel in one of its engines.
The fuel was certified to the new American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D7566/D1655 standard and the biofuel used was derived from the oilseed crops, Camelina sativa* (49 per cent) and Brassica carinata* (one per cent).
The aircraft?s other engine was powered by Jet A1 fuel.
The flight included passengers making their way to
Ottawa for business and pleasure, representatives from
the biofuel test program?s partnering organizations and
the final step in a two-year project whose key members are
Targeted Growth, Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt and Whitney Canada,
the manufacturer of the PW150A engines that power the Q400
aircraft, and Porter Airlines. Funding for the biofuel test
program was provided by the key partners, as well as by
Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) through
the Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN).
support to the program was provided by Agrisoma Biosciences
Inc., which grew the carinata and produced the carinata bio-oil;
Sustainable Oils, which crushed the camelina to make the
camelina bio-oil; Honeywell UOP, which converted the bio-oils
into the bio-derived jet fuel to meet the D7566 standard; and
SkyNRG who were responsible for logistics and blending meeting
the D1655 specification.
?In a fitting tribute to
Earth Day 2012, which is now less than a week away, we are
delighted that one of our Bombardier Q400 turboprops has become
the first aircraft to successfully conduct a biofuel-powered
revenue flight in Canada,? said Robert Deluce, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Porter Airlines. ?The use of biofuels
promises to significantly reduce the level of emissions produced
by commercial aircraft worldwide, and Porter is honoured to have
contributed to this test program in Canada.?
?The success of
this biofuel test program, which utilized a BombardierQ400 aircraft,
speaks volumes about the ability of the aviation and other communities
to work together towards producing a more sustainable aviation
industry,? said H?l?ne V. Gagnon, Vice President, Public Affairs,
Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Bombardier
Aerospace. ?But that?s not the only milestone achieved today. This is
the first time that a revenue flight in Canada was powered by biofuel,
so we?ve achieved a first for Canada. ?
?When this biofuel
project was submitted in October 2010, the Private Sector Advisory
Board, a strategic body comprised of respected Canadian industry
leaders, approved it with complete confidence and praised it very high
value added, world-class experts and very good focus,? said Sylvain
Cofsky, Executive Director of GARDN. ?Eighteen months later, today?s
flight proves they were right and I am extremely proud of GARDN?s
contribution to this very promising success in the field of aviation.?
"We are firmly committed to ensuring that our products are designed, produced and operated while minimizing environmental impacts throughout their life cycle, outperforming the most stringent ICAO standards,? said Daniel Breitman, Vice President, Engine Development Programs, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
implemented new technologies to significantly reduce fuel consumption,
environmental emissions and engine noise in our latest generation of
engines and we are developing cutting-edge green technologies for the
future, to help the aerospace industry reach its commitment of reducing
its overall footprint."
was very pleased to be involved in this project,? said Robert Woods,
president, Targeted Growth. ?Partnerships such as this one help
demonstrate market confidence that spurs the critical research and
development required to advance feedstock productivity.?
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