Japan’s Nakanihon Air has operated the country’s first helicopter flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel in conjunction with Airbus Helicopters.
The 30-minute outing was operated by an Airbus Helicopters H215 heavy-twin at Nagoya Airport.
The H215 was fueled with 600 liters of Susteo 10-1, an SAF blend produced by Japanese biofuel manufacturer Euglena. The fuel includes 10% SAF mixed with Jet A-1 kerosene.
Airbus Helicopters says its rotorcraft are certified to fly with up to 50% SAF blended in, and it is working with engine manufacturers to allow them to fly with 100% SAF in the near future.
Nakanihon Air President Hajime Futagami said, “Today’s SAF flight test is very important for our company as we work to reduce CO2 emitted during flights to combat air pollution issues. climate change. Locally produced SAF is an immediate approach to reducing carbon emissions for the helicopter market.
Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters Japan, added: “As a leader in the Japanese helicopter market, this SAF-powered flight is an important milestone in a shared vision we have with helicopter market stakeholders and industry to reduce CO2 emissions in the country. The H215 has fully demonstrated its ability and readiness to deliver the enhanced mission efficiency and performance that our customers have come to expect.
Nakanihon is based near Nagoya Komaki Airport and specializes in areas such as emergency medical services, electronic information gathering, and passenger and cargo transportation within Japan.
According to its website, the operator has three H215 heavy-twins in its helicopter fleet, which also includes other models from Airbus Helicopters.