Hillsboro Aviation, Avfuel, and Neste Launch Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in Oregon

Published on: 24 August 2022

As Hillsboro Aviation (KHIO) accepted its first load of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel this month, the FBO—in collaboration with Avfuel Corporation and Neste—secured the first business aviation foothold for SAF in the state of Oregon.

Ryan McCartney, vice president and chief operating officer of Hillsboro Aviation, said: 

"The Pacific Northwest is more than just where we work. It’s where many of our team members call home. Where our parents chose to raise us. And where we choose to raise our families. Our Oregon roots—as a company and as a team—mean we’re passionate about doing what’s right for the environment, and, in turn, what’s right for our team, our customers, and our community. It’s a point of real pride for our team to be the first FBO to welcome SAF supply in Oregon.”

Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s manager of alternative fuels, said: 

"Oregon has been a trailblazing state for clean air legislative initiatives. Furthermore, the team at Portland’s Hillsboro Aviation is passionate about environmental conservation, which made it the perfect first FBO partner to establish SAF supply in the state. We are thankful for its team for leading the SAF initiative in the Pacific Northwest as we work tirelessly with Neste to make SAF an available alternative throughout business aviation.”

Hillsboro Aviation's first 8,000-gallon truckload delivery of SAF is only the beginning of the location's SAF journey. The FBO worked with Avfuel and Neste to ensure a steady supply of alternative fuel so that it could better serve its environmentally conscious customers regularly.

Each truckload of Neste MY SAF reduces carbon emissions by 19 metric tonnes over its lifecycle, thanks to one of the highest average blend ratios available in commercial aviation to date (30/70 SAF to petroleum-based jet fuel). This reduction is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by 22.5 acres of U.S. forests per year, which is fitting for one of the greenest states in the country.SAF is the best way to cut down on the carbon footprint of flying. If it is used in its pure, concentrated form, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel can cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel.

Neste MY SAF is made entirely of sustainable waste and residual raw resources, such as used cooking oil. It is a completely certified drop-in fuel that, when blended with petroleum jet fuel, meets the ASTM D-1655 criteria for conventional jet fuel under all operating conditions. It is thus the best solution for directly reducing greenhouse gas emissions from air travel, as it requires no new investments, modifications, or adjustments to aircraft, fuel distribution systems, or airport fuel storage tanks.

Source: Hillsboro Aviation

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