FAAM Airborne Laboratory flies with Sustainable Aviation Fuel


The Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) Airborne Laboratory has used Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on a flight for the first time. The atmospheric science research facility used a SAF and jet fuel blend on its BAE-146 aircraft during a crew training flight in the south of England.

UK based FAAM Airborne Laboratory said it plans to source SAF supplies and fuel storage for future flights at its base at Cranfield Airport.

“We need to reduce our carbon emissions and take quick action where we can in order to support UK Research and Innovation’s commitment to achieve net zero by 2040,” said Alan Woolley, head of FAAM Airborne Laboratory.

He added that FAAM is working with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science team to understand more about its carbon footprint. “We are making progress towards phasing out avoidable life cycle carbon emissions, not just those from the aircraft’s tailpipe, and ensuring we use clean power to supply our operations where practicable,” said Woolley.

With SAF being fully compatible with its BAE-146 research aircraft, FAAM Airborne Laboratory said it also plans to use local solar energy and electric powered ground power units and hangar facilities in the future.