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  • Boeing launches plan to turn tobacco into jet fuel

    08/07/2014 8:54:18 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Business Aug. 08, 2014 - 06:18AM JST
    U.S. aerospace giant Boeing says it is working with South African Airways and a Dutch biofuel company to make jet fuel from tobacco seeds. The Dutch firm, SkyNRG, is boosting its production in South Africa of a hybrid, nicotine-free, tobacco crop called Solaris with “biofuel production expected… in the next few years,” the three companies said in a statement. “Initially, oil from the plant’s seeds will be converted into jet fuel. In coming years, Boeing expects emerging technologies to increase South Africa’s aviation biofuel production from the rest of the plant,” added the firms. Aviation biofuel, made from renewable resources...
  • Report: Pentagon Paid $150 Per Gallon for Green Jet Fuel

    05/07/2014 6:34:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    The Washinton Free Beacon ^ | May 7, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    The Department of Defense (DOD) paid $150 per gallon for alternative jet fuel made from algae, more than 64 times the current market price for standard carbon-based fuels, according to a report released on Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in its report that a Pentagon official reported paying “about $150 per gallon for 1,500 gallons of alternative jet fuel derived from algal oil.” GAO’s report examined the financial challenges facing increased purchases and use of alternative jet fuels by federal agencies. “Currently, the price for alternative jet fuels exceeds that of conventional jet fuel,” the report noted. The...
  • Google execs got discount on jet fuel, says NASA

    12/12/2013 5:53:12 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Dec 12, 2013 | Mark Maremont
    Dec. 12, 2013, 2:39 a.m. EST Google execs got discount on jet fuel, says NASA By Mark Maremont Top Google Inc. executives saved millions of dollars by flying their private jet fleet on discounted fuel purchased from the federal government that they weren’t entitled to buy, according to a new inspector general review released Wednesday. The report, by the inspector general of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said the Google executives only were authorized to buy the discounted fuel for government business, but instead for six years also were allowed to purchase it for private flights. Click to Play...
  • Google Jet Fleet Loses a Pentagon Fuel Perk

    09/13/2013 8:02:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 13, 2013, 4:35 p.m. ET | Mark Maremont
    Google Inc. founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin may have to dig deeper to operate their fleet of private jets, after the U.S. Department of Defense ended a little-known arrangement that for years allowed the tech billionaires to travel on sharply discounted jet fuel bought from the Pentagon. The agreement between the Google founders and the government, which started in 2007, ended Aug. 31 after officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration—which sponsored the arrangement—opted not to renew it, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman. The move followed discussions earlier this year between the Pentagon and NASA over whether the...
  • Commercial flight uses fuel produced from natural gas

    01/12/2013 6:26:30 PM PST · by thackney · 27 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 11, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Qatar Airways completed the first commercial flight this week using fuel produced from natural gas, the company said. The flight used fuel from the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar, through a partnership between the airline and the plant, jointly owned by Qatar Petroleum and Shell. The fuel was made from a blend of gas-to-liquids kerosene and conventional oil-derived jet fuel. It powered an Airbus A340-600 on a flight from Doha to London, the companies said in a statement. Shell says its gas-to-liquids products have fewer emissions than conventional jet fuel and are more environmentally friendly. The gas-to-liquids kerosene can comprise...
  • Alaska Railroad to eliminate jobs as jet fuel shipments wane

    06/21/2012 5:49:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | June 20th, 2012 | Associated Press
    The Alaska Railroad is eliminating 52 positions. KSKA reports not all are currently filled, so the actual number of layoffs will be fewer. The railroad's director of strategic planning, Bruce Carr, says layoffs are necessary because less fuel is being shipped from the Flint Hills Refinery in North Pole to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. That equates to about a $5 million loss.
  • Jet Fuel-Gate Is Obama's New Solyndra

    12/13/2011 5:56:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/13/11 | Staff
    Ecofanaticism: SolyndraGate was no isolated case of corrupt government misspending. The U.S. Navy was just forced to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuels from an Obama-connected firm at an outrageous $16 per gallon. The massive Obama stimulus was supposed to generate millions of jobs, but the $535 million loan guarantee it gave to solar panel maker Solyndra on the eve of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy illustrated the fundamental incompetence of Obama's neo-Keynesian economic ideology. Now we find the Navy partnering with the Agriculture Department to purchase hundreds of thousands
  • In a first, gas and other fuels are top US export

    12/31/2011 8:10:43 AM PST · by decimon · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2011 | Chris Kahn
    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, the top export of the United States, the world's biggest gas guzzler, is — wait for it — fuel. Measured in dollars, the nation is on pace this year to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other single export, according to U.S. Census data going back to 1990. It will also be the first year in more than 60 that America has been a net exporter of these fuels. Just how big of a shift is this? A decade ago, fuel wasn't even among the top 25 exports. And...
  • Navy Biofuel Deal is 'Cost Prohibitive,' 'Another Solyndra,’ Critics Say

    12/23/2011 10:22:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 23, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    Navy jet takes off from U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. (U.S. Navy photo) (CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration’s deal to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuel for Navy jets comes at a cost of up to nine times higher than regular fuel, a spokesman for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said, coming at a time when the U.S. military is already facing deep budget cuts. Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has supported biofuel projects in the past, but has problems with a program the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
  • Obama’s green addiction ripping us off, again

    12/21/2011 11:25:12 AM PST · by SmileRight · 10 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 12/21/2011 | Michael Dorstewitz
    When we hear the words “jet fuel,” we tend to think in terms of exotic, volatile mixtures, something akin to that which sends top fuel dragsters roaring down a quarter-mile track. In reality, jet propulsion fuel is pretty ordinary stuff. Depending on the type, it can be nothing more than the same kerosene we used to put in lanterns. So when I heard that the Navy was now paying as much as $16 a gallon for some of its jet fuel, every alarm on my internal radar sounded off in a deafening squeal. My first call naturally went to my...
  • Obama's Cronyism Compromises National Security

    12/16/2011 4:00:41 AM PST · by ashukla · 6 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | December 14, 2011 | John Hinderaker
    <p>Now we find the Navy partnering with the Agriculture Department to purchase hundreds of thousands of gallons of alternative biofuel in place of standard JP-5 fuel for Navy aircraft — the biggest federal purchase of biofuel ever.</p> <p>A look at the lucky seller of this environmentalist version of the proverbial $600 Pentagon toilet seat indicates that the move is not just wasteful, but ethically suspect.</p>
  • Jet Fuel-Gate Is Obama's New Solyndra

    12/14/2011 9:00:17 PM PST · by PENANCE · 20 replies
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | Posted 12/13/2011 06:58 PM ET | IBD Editorial
    Ecofanaticism: SolyndraGate was no isolated case of corrupt government misspending. The U.S. Navy was just forced to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuels from an Obama-connected firm at an outrageous $16 per gallon. The massive Obama stimulus was supposed to generate millions of jobs, but the $535 million loan guarantee it gave to solar panel maker Solyndra on the eve of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy illustrated the fundamental incompetence of Obama's neo-Keynesian economic ideology. Now we find the Navy partnering with the Agriculture Department to purchase hundreds of thousands of gallons of alternative biofuel in place of standard JP-5 fuel for...
  • China’s Growing Interest in Biofuels

    11/02/2011 11:51:38 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 11/01/2011 | John Daly
    On 28 October Air China conducted its first trial flight of a passenger jet powered by a mix of biofuel and traditional aviation fuel. The Jet A-1 biofuel kerosene used in the flight was derived from the seeds of tung trees, more commonly known as japtropha. Air China’s Boeing 747-400 landed safely at Beijing Capital International Airport at 9:30 a.m. after burning more than 10 tons of the biofuel, a 50-50 mixture of traditional Jet A-1 derived from oil and Jet A-1 processed from the japtropha seeds. The jatproha Jet A-1 is what’s known as a drop-in, simply being admixed...
  • UAV is latest Air Force plane tested to run on alternative fuel

    12/08/2010 11:07:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 12/3/2010 | Anna Mulrine
    That's the latest from the Air Force, which has been running tests to see how its aircraft perform burning something other than straight jet fuel. The initiative is aimed not only at shrinking its carbon footprint and spurring alternative fuels development, but also at strengthening national security. Monday's alternative fuel test of the Global Hawk UAV was considered one of the most challenging yet for the Air Force. The drone that flies at high altitudes and low temperatures was one of the last that the Air Force needed to test in its current spate of trial runs before its fleet...
  • Air Force Eyes Reducing Jets’ Fuel Reserves

    11/11/2010 6:45:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies
    DefenseTech ^ | 11/11/2010 | Defense Tech
    While the services are being pretty tight lipped about their plans to achieve the billions in efficiency savings mandated by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, last week Air Force Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove gave a hint of one proposal the air service may have on the table; fuel savings. Yes, this seems like a no-brainer, especially since the Air Force has long said it needs to trim its gas consumption, but it’s how the service might do this that is interesting. “Is four-hours of reserve fuel on a C-17″ really necessary, Breedlove, who is in charge of Air Force plans, operations...
  • Jet fuel due from Japan

    08/23/2010 9:51:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of August 22, 2010 | Wesley Loy
    Cosmo Oil to supply Anchorage air cargo hub with up to 300,000 bbl monthly . . . . A Japanese oil refiner is seeking permission to bring jet fuel by tanker into the Port of Anchorage, a move that could help cure what has been a costly problem for the air cargo industry. Cosmo Oil of USA Inc., a Torrance, Calif., affiliate of Tokyo-based Cosmo Oil Co. Ltd., on July 10 applied to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for an oil discharge prevention and contingency plan, or C-plan. Oil and fuel shippers are required to have a highly detailed...
  • Fighter engine bio-fuel testing underway

    07/05/2010 7:14:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 6/25/2010 | Philip Lorenz III
    An F110 engine that powers the F-16 Fighting Falcon recently began performance testing at Arnold Engineering Development Center using a 50/50 blend of JP-8 conventional aviation fuel and a bio-fuel derived from the oil contained in the seed of the camelina plant, commonly known as false or wild flax. "The testing recently initiated at AEDC will be the first dedicated, uninstalled engine tests conducted by the Air Force [on Hydro-processed Renewable Jet (HRJ) blended fuel]," said Jeff Braun, the Air Force's Alternative Fuels Certification Office director. "These will also be the first engine tests conducted by the Air Force [on...
  • First all-engine flight using biomass and conventional jet fuel blend set

    03/24/2010 9:55:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 468+ views
    AFNS ^ | 3/24/2010 | AFNS
    An Air Force test pilot is scheduled to fly an A-10 Thunderbolt II jet aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base March 25 on a blend of biomass-derived and conventional JP-8 jet fuel. This will be the first flight of an aircraft powered solely on a biomass-derived jet fuel blend. The biomass-derived fuel used for this event is referred to as hydrotreated renewable jet, or HRJ, and is part of a class of fuels derived from either plant oil or animal fat feedstocks. The feedstock source of the biomass powering the A-10 demonstration is camelina oil, a flowering plant in the...
  • Air Force officials to use commercial jet fuel to replace military spec fuel

    11/09/2009 8:42:18 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 724+ views
    Air Force News Service ^ | November 9, 2009 | Master Sgt. Russell Petcoff
    (AFNS) -- To reduce reliance on military specification products, simplify the fuel supply chain and save money, Air Force Petroleum Agency researchers will conduct demonstrations to use commercially available jet fuel instead of military standard JP-8 fuel. The demonstrations of Jet A fuel versus JP-8 fuel will occur at Dover Air Force Base, Del.; Little Rock AFB, Ark.; McChord AFB, Wash.; and Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minn. Each base has C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III or C-130 Hercules primary-assigned aircraft. According to Master Sgt. Danny Walker, AFPA Jet A initiative program manager, each base will begin issuing Jet A...
  • UAL To Drop Inflight Snacks, Free Meals For Business Fliers

    08/24/2008 2:53:53 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 25 replies · 173+ views
    Aero-News Net ^ | August 20, 2008
    Announces Latest Missteps In Never-Ending Race To Bottom Of CSI Rankings Attention, US Airways: it appears you have some serious competition for the title of Stingiest Major US Carrier. Starting next month, United Airlines will stop handing out free pretzels and cookies to coach fliers across North America... and will even drop free meal service in business class on most flights. "In the wake of high fuel prices and a challenging economic environment, we must continue to examine every aspect of our business and find new ways to improve our day-to-day operations through efficiencies that still meet our customers' expectations,"...
  • Starting September 2nd: United Airlines Drops Free Snacks and So Much More...

    08/22/2008 6:28:07 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 31 replies · 144+ views
    Consumerist.com ^ | August 2008 | staff writer
    No more free lunch. United Airlines Drops Free Snacks In Coach And So Much More... The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that United Airlines will no longer offer free snacks in coach starting September 2nd. They are also dropping complimentary meals in business class except for "premium transcontinental flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to New York." Shockingly, this move coincides with the airlines' expansion of their "buy-on-board" food offerings, says the Chronicle. The adjustments are outlined in an internal United Airlines memo that was distributed to flight attendants Monday and obtained by The Chronicle. The changes are all...
  • Jet fuel alternative on standby

    08/18/2008 1:32:59 PM PDT · by Abathar · 20 replies · 127+ views
    AP via Boston.com ^ | August 16, 2008 | Unknown
    PHOENIX - With the price of oil holding above $110 a barrel, everything from wood chips to chicken fat is being scrutinized as an alternative to traditional fuel. But when it comes to airplanes, finding the right mix poses a special challenge. "When you're in an airplane, you don't want your fuel to start solidifying," said Robert Dunn, a Department of Agriculture chemical engineer who is studying biodiesel jet fuel. The airline industry is aggressively pushing for homegrown alternatives to petroleum-based jet fuel, while leaning on customers with a variety of new travel charges to help control a projected $61...
  • Overseas flights fall at airport(LAX losing airlines fast)

    08/13/2008 10:57:44 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 7 replies · 117+ views
    Daily Breeze ^ | 8/13/08 | Art Marroquin, Staff Writer
    LAX: Air India's departure is part of a slate of expected cuts. Air India will withdraw its three weekly round-trip flights from Los Angeles International Airport in September, signaling a trend that finds more overseas carriers cutting service amid record-high fuel prices. Tuesday's announcement comes as international air carriers are expected to slash 213 weekly takeoffs and landings at LAX by November, an 11 percent drop compared to the same period last year. As a result, 33,452 fewer seats will be available to airline passengers each week by late fall, an 8.4 percent drop from last year, according to data...
  • Airline Company Flight Plans

    08/11/2008 12:31:30 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 174+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 11, 2008 | Rachel Paulk
    Airline Company Flight Plans by: Rachel Paulk, August 11, 2008 Facing an energy crisis at home and punitive new regulations abroad, some of the largest airline companies are banding together to face the problems these trends engender. The leaders of three top aviation fuel management companies—Flight Sciences International, Sabena Flight Academy, and BMB Fuel Consulting Services—held a press conference Thursday, August 07, 2008, to announce their merger and the subsequent creation of Flight Sciences Global Partners. Michael Miller, President of Miller Air Group in Orlando, Fl, stated that “The airline industry is facing the toughest challenge since 9/11, with fuel...
  • Rentech Successfully Produces Ultra Clean Synthetic Fuels at Colorado Facility

    08/07/2008 4:15:48 PM PDT · by kellynla · 24 replies · 126+ views
    rentechinc. ^ | 8/7/2008 | staff
    LOS ANGELES (August 7, 2008) – Rentech, Inc. (AMEX:RTK) today announced that the Company has successfully produced synthetic fuels at its Product Demonstration Unit (PDU) in Commerce City, Colorado. Rentech’s PDU is the only synthetic fuels facility in the United States today producing transportation fuels. The facility is designed to produce approximately 420 gallons per day of synthetic jet and diesel fuels and demonstrates the successful design, construction and operation of a fully-integrated synthetic fuels facility utilizing the Rentech Process. D. Hunt Ramsbottom, President and CEO of Rentech, said “The initial production run of ultra clean synthetic fuels at our...
  • The Good News About Energy ( We could sure use some... )

    07/19/2008 5:58:35 AM PDT · by kellynla · 17 replies · 134+ views
    The American ^ | July/August 2008 Issue | Robert Bryce
    Despite the pessimistic headlines on energy, a beneficial long-term trend is underway called decarbonization. In his 2005 book, The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, writer James Howard Kunstler declared that when peak oil hits, “We will have to downscale every activity of everyday life, from farming, to schooling, to retail trade….Epidemic disease and faltering agriculture will synergize with energy scarcities to send nations reeling.” Nobel Prize winner Al Gore has said that global warming will likely result in “a string of terrible catastrophes.” And in his Academy Award–winning movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” he implies that...
  • 12 Airlines call on Congress to curb excessive speculation

    07/09/2008 9:57:29 PM PDT · by Niteflyr · 12 replies · 109+ views
    CNNMoney.com ^ | 7/9/2008 | David Goldman
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Hundreds of grounded planes. Thousands of lost jobs. Nearly two dozen price hikes. Record oil prices have battered the airline industry, and Wednesday the airlines called on Congress to act. In an open letter to all airline customers, CEOs from 12 of the nation's airlines said lawmakers must curb excessive speculation to scale back record fuel costs. "Normal market forces are being dangerously amplified by poorly regulated market speculation," the letter said. "The nation needs to pull together to reform the oil markets and solve this growing problem." The airline industry said that Congress' previously established...
  • $68,000 fill-ups herald 'grim' era for airlines

    06/06/2008 5:39:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies · 46+ views
    Glob and Mail ^ | June 3, 2008 | Brent Jang
    When Air Canada [AC.A-T] fills up a new Boeing 777 in Toronto with jet fuel for a one-way flight to London's Heathrow Airport, it now costs $68,948. While the airline is stronger than many rivals, that kind of sticker shock underscores why global carriers are finding it hard to avoid red ink, even with the introduction of hefty fuel surcharges. Monday, the industry itself forecast at least $2.3-billion (U.S.) in combined losses this year. The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) dim projection is based on a conservative average oil price this year of $106.50 a barrel. The airline sector's 2008...
  • The airline go-slow: Pilots told to fly slower to save fuel

    05/03/2008 6:36:57 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 26 replies · 59+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 3rd May 2008 | BARRY WIGMORE
    Airlines in the U.S. have ordered their pilots to slow down to reduce fuel consumption. They say the move will add minutes to journey times yet save millions in fuel costs. The tactic will not be adopted by British airlines, however, although the price of jet fuel has risen by more than 70 per cent in the past year. British Airways and Virgin said they have already introduced fuel-saving measures which they believe are more efficient than those adopted by the Americans. Scroll down for more ... U.S. airlines are introducing slower cruising speeds on both domestic flights and long-haul...
  • Sasol 100% CTL Synthetic Jet Fuel Approved for Use Internationally in Commercial Aviation

    04/10/2008 12:52:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies · 740+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com ^ | 04/10/2008 | Staff
    Sasol’s synthetic jet fuel is derived from four synthetic streams: Iso-paraffinic kerosene, Heavy naptha kerosene, Light distillate #1 and Naptha #2. Sasol’s synthetic jet fuel, produced by its proprietary Coal to Liquids (CTL) process, has received approval for full, unblended use in international commercial aviation. Sasol’s fully synthetic jet fuel (FSJF) is the first such fuel to be approved. For the past nine years, Sasol has supplied a semi-synthetic jet fuel—a mixture of CTL components with petroleum-derived kerosene—to international airlines operating from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Based on the success of the alternative fuel blend and following...
  • Carbon Footprint of the MLA

    01/25/2008 8:42:32 AM PST · by bs9021 · 11 replies · 83+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 25, 2008 | Malcolm Kline
    Carbon Footprint of the MLA by: Malcolm A. Kline, January 25, 2008 This may not be like the Nazis fighting the Soviets but it is a tad like trial lawyers going after HMOs, where you hope that both sides lose. At least one academic, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities associate professor Mark Fedelty, has concluded that travel to academic conferences contributes to global warming. “However, it is true that air travel puts large amounts of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, soot, and even water vapor directly into the atmosphere, all of which makes an inordinate and unsustainable contribution to global...
  • Researchers Exploring New Refinery-Based Coal-to-Liquids Pathways for Jet Fuel and Other Products

    08/21/2007 5:41:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies · 626+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com ^ | 08/21/2007 | Staff
    Researchers at Penn State University are investigating several coal-to-liquid processes that differ from traditional direct (Bergius) and indirect (Fischer-Tropsch) liquefaction. The new pathways could introduce coal-derived chemicals or coal into existing oil refinery operations for the production of end products including jet fuel, gasoline, diesel, heating oil and carbon anodes. The primary focus of the work, which is funded by the Department of Energy, is the development of a coal-based replacement for conventional jet fuel. The coal-to-jet fuel work is in the pilot-plant stage, but along with the jet fuel, the processes produce other hydrocarbon products. For every eight barrels...
  • Waltrip's Crew Chief, Director Suspended (Daytona)

    02/14/2007 4:22:27 PM PST · by STARWISE · 22 replies · 410+ views
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 2-14-07 | Jenny Fryer
    Michael Waltrip's crew chief and team director were thrown out of the Daytona 500 and suspended indefinitely Wednesday because an illegal substance was found during inspection for the season-opening race. Waltrip, docked 100 points, will be allowed to participate in Thursday's races that determine the field for NASCAR's biggest event of the year. David Hyder, his crew chief, was thrown out of the garage and fined $100,000. Team director Bobby Kennedy also was kicked out. NASCAR officials would not reveal what they found in Waltrip's intake manifold, but a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press it...
  • Air Force to Test Coal-Based Jet Fuel

    09/18/2006 8:49:40 PM PDT · by jdm · 74 replies · 1,425+ views
    Forbes / AP ^ | Sept 19, 2006
    The Air Force is scheduled Tuesday to test a new jet fuel made from coal instead of oil. A B-52 bomber at Edwards Air Force Base in California is expected to take off with two of its eight jet engines burning a 50-50 blend of synthetic and oil-based fuel. Research on the fuel project has been conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. The goal is to develop, test and pave the way to commercialize the fuel. The research is focused on the Fischer-Tropsch process for producing synthetic kerosene from coal. The military wants a fuel that works with...
  • U.S. Air Force Is Seeking Alternative Jet Fuel

    05/18/2006 10:50:55 AM PDT · by kellynla · 48 replies · 1,048+ views
    When an F-16 lights up its afterburners, it consumes nearly 28 gallons of fuel per minute. No wonder, then, that the Air Force uses more than half of all the fuel the U.S. government consumes each year. The Air Force may not be in any danger of suffering inconveniences from scarce or expensive fuel, but it has begun looking alternative fuels for its jets. While the military has been a leader in adopting some technologies, any effort to hit a miles-per-gallon fuel efficiency rating has taken a back seat when the mission is to haul bombs farther and faster or...
  • Air Zimbabwe Grounded For Lack Of Fuel

    11/22/2005 7:33:43 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 715+ views
    The telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-23-2005 | David Blair
    Air Zimbabwe grounded for lack of fuel By David Blair in Johannesburg (Filed: 23/11/2005) Zimbabwe's state airline grounded its entire fleet yesterday after running out of aviation fuel. For the first time in its 25-year history, Air Zimbabwe cancelled flights to every destination. All seven of its aircraft sat on the apron at Harare airport "until further notice". Hundreds of angry passengers thronged the check-in desks at Harare, although some flights did resume after more than 24 hours on the ground. "The board would like to sincerely apologise to all its valued customers for the inconveniences," said Jonathan Kadzura, the...
  • American to cancel 15 major flights [due to higher gas prices - Economics 101]

    10/02/2005 8:11:10 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies · 493+ views
    Reuters via CNN ^ | September 30
    American Airlines plans to cancel 15 daily round-trip domestic flights from its two largest hub airports because of the skyrocketing price of jet fuel, the No. 1 U.S. air carrier said on Friday.
  • Jet fuel refining expenses soar

    09/30/2005 10:25:33 AM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 11 replies · 757+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/30/2005 | ERIC TORBENSON
    Airlines already crumbling under crude oil prices face another eye-popping expense: the record cost of turning crude into jet fuel. Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita idled much of the Gulf of Mexico's refining capacity, most U.S. airlines have been paying an extra premium to refine or "crack" the oil into kerosene-like jet fuel. In July, before the storms, airlines paid the equivalent of $11 per barrel of crude on top of the spot price to keep planes aloft. Now the "crack spread" has spiked to nearly $59, meaning it costs nearly as much to refine jet fuel as it does...
  • The Fun Effects of $3 Jet Fuel

    07/05/2005 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Arkie2 · 10 replies · 746+ views
    The Boyd Group ^ | 5 July 05 | staff
    The frenzy in the Oil Patch is getting out of hand. It's the financial equivalent of the Salem Witch Hunt: all the market needs is a hint of something going wrong, and calm judgement gets burned at the stake. It seems like it makes no real difference what the issue is, but if it has any vague potential of affecting the supply or consumption of oil, the market panics like a herd of wildebeests. Like, a prediction of a cold winter on the East Coast, a strike in Nigeria, a sneeze by some Saudi potentate, Hillary appearing in a bikini,...
  • Germany Mulls Tax on Jet Fuel

    06/08/2004 11:39:07 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 103+ views
    Deutche Welle ^ | June 08 2004
    According to Financial Times Deutschland, German Finance Minister Hans Eichel is considering levying gas tax on jet fuel for domestic flights and introducing VAT on international flights. The paper reported that the fuel tax would be levied if the other ministers of the German cabinet fail to cooperate with Eichel's planned spending cuts of €2 billion euros and subsidy reductions of €1.7 billion. A tax on jet fuel wouldn't need the backing of the upper house of parliament, which is controlled by the opposition CDU, who blocked the introduction of VAT on international flights last year. The proposal has been...