December 2010 Issue
How the Jet Guys Did It (A New Fuel, That Is)
While developers of 100LL replacements struggle to find interest, the alternative jet fuel market sailed through its approvals. Hereís why.
Money talks, goes the standard street wisdom, and [expletive of choice] walks. That more than anything describes the state of play when comparing the alternative jet fuel industry to the rather more stalled effort to find an unleaded replacement for 100LL. This should be no surprise. Thanks to serious industry support from the military, turbine engine manufacturers, the airlines and even the FAA, the alternative jet fuel industry is on a virtual gallop to have in place the regulatory approval standards to allow use of bio-derived or synthetic jet fuels by next year or at least 2012. The economics remain untested so far, but the regulatory hurdles havenít proven as difficult or at least as time-consuming as they have for finding a 100LL replacement. Is there a lesson here?
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