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Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)



An alternative way of thinking

11 April 2011 | By Mark Rumizen, Aviation Fuels Specialist in the Aircraft Certification Division, Federal Aviation Authority (FAA)

In the early afternoon of 7 January, 2009, a Continental Airlines Boeing 737 airliner lifted off the tarmac of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport with a blend of biofuel and conventional petroleum-derived fuel feeding one of its two CFM International jet engines...


Paving the way for alternative fuels

9 June 2010 | By Heather Haskin, Programme Manager, United States Air Force Alternative Fuels Certification Office (AFCO) & Mark Rumizen, Aviation Fuels Specialist, Aircraft Certification Division, FAA.

An aviation first: As part of the United States Air Force (USAF) long-term energy vision, the Alternative Fuels Certification Office (AFCO), consisting of a small cadre of systems engineers and managers, was formed to develop and execute repeatable processes to identify viable fuel candidates and certify them for fleet-wide operations.…


Research rapidly progresses as airlines eagerly await alternative fuels

22 February 2010 | By James Hileman and William Litant, PARTNER

In a keynote address at the September 30, 2009 meeting of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative (CAAFI) in Washington, DC, Air Transport Association Chairman and UAL Corp. CEO Glen Tilton emphasised, "... there clearly is a market (for aviation alternative fuels). There are buyers. There is certainly interest."


Landmark synthetic jet fuel specification action creates opportunities for airports

16 July 2009 | By Richard L. Altmanm, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)

In the Nov 07’ issue, International Airport Review readers were introduced to the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). CAAFI’s genesis, its structure and its accomplishments were listed. Readers were left with the question “Will aviation be the last to wean itself from petroleum fuel or will it be a…


Alternative fuels for aviation: the CAAFI process

30 November 2007 | By Richard L. Altman, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)

Until the last few years, alternatives to jet petroleum based aviation fuel for commercial aircraft were, at best, an afterthought to energy suppliers and the aviation industry. The collective wisdom of airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers and government organisations such as the FAA in the US, had been that aviation would…