IAF’s workhorse AN-32 transport aircraft certified to use bio-fuel


Bio-Fuel: Indian Air Force has made a significant development in use of indigenously developed bio-fuel. It has certified its formidable workhorse AN-32 transport plane to use ten per cent bio-fuel mixed in jet fuel.

It’s fleet of Russian manufactured AN-32 jets can now use up to 10% bio-fuel mixed in the Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF).

The approval certificate was received at the aero-engine test facilities at Chandigarh by Air Commodore Sanjiv Ghuratia, Air Officer Commanding, 3 BRD, AF on behalf of the IAF from Mr P Jayapal, Chief Executive CEMILAC.

The IAF has undertaken a series of evaluation tests and trials with this green aviation fuel for the last one year.

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The scope of these checks was in consonance with the international aviation standards. Today’s approval is an acknowledgement of the meticulous testing using the indigenous bio-jet fuel by the IAF.

The indigenous bio-jet fuel was first produced by the CSIR-IIP lab at Dehradun in 2013, but could not be tested or certified for commercial use on aircraft due to lack of test facilities in the civil aviation sector.

On 27 July, 2018, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC had formally announced IAF’s intention to permit the use of all its resources for testing and certifying the indigenous fuel.

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Since then, IAF’s flight test crew and engineers have been evaluating the performance of this fuel against international standards.

This is a huge step in promoting the ‘Make in India’ mission as this bio-fuel would be produced from Tree Borne Oils (TBOs) sourced from tribal areas and farmers, augmenting their income substantially, said the IAF.

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