IAF’s AN-32 aircraft formally certified to operate on indigeneous bio-jet fuel

Indian Air Force (IAF) formidable workhorse transport carrier AN-32 was formally fleet certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10 per cent of indigenous bio-jet fuel.

Chandigarh-based IAF’s 3 BRD Air Officer Commanding Air Commodore Sanjiv Ghuratia received the approval certificate for Russian made transport aircraft from CEMILAC Chief Executive  P Jayapal.

The IAF has undertaken a series of evaluation tests and trials with this green aviation fuel for the last one year. 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, IAF spokesperson Gp Capt Anupam Banerjee said.

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

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.

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