At the beginning of August, Boeing Co. announced they were teaming up with Dutch aviation biofuels company SkyNRG and South African Airways to make jet fuel from tobacco. The plan is to have farmers in South Africa grow SkyNRG’s tobacco plant (called Solaris), which is a biofuel feedstock typically used by the tobacco industry.
Solaris is virtually free of nicotine, which is normally found in other types of tobacco plants.
South African Airways Group environmental affairs specialist, Ian Cruickshank, says a marketable biofuel crop can be grown while simultaneously leveraging knowledge of tobacco growers (and thanks to this hybrid tobacco, it won’t encourage smoking).
While jet fuel from tobacco – as well as other eco-friendly alternative jet fuels – is an interesting prospect, this still has a way to go before becoming a reality. Test farming is currently underway and biofuel production is only set for production in the next few years.
Sustainable alternative jet fuels
Fuel from aircraft contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, which are bad for the environment. Sustainable alternative jet fuels could help reduce carbon emissions, impact surface air quality and help combat climate change. See our blog post on this FAA initiative to get rid of leaded AVGas.
If you’re currently operating a corporate aircraft or jet in and around New York City, you are probably more concerned about things that affect your day-to-day operations, such as ease of access to the city, cost-effective in-hanger parking and affordable jet gas. The Federal Aviation Administration is currently working on enabling US use of one billion gallons per year of sustainable alternative jet fuels by 2018.
At Monmouth Executive Airport, we have competitively priced Jet A and Avgas available on site as well as available jet hangar parking for all sizes of corporate jet aircrafts (at rates that are 30% to 40% cheaper than our competitors).
For more information on the new Monmouth Executive Airport, call the FBO at (732) 751-0044 or visit us at http://www.monmouthjetcenter.com