Kerosene is commonly used as a fuel for aviation, but like many others they are making strides toward a more environmentally friendly fuel source. Sustainable bio-fuel is now being considered for use in aviation and will get its first test flight in an airplane later this month.
The first airline flight to ever use bio-kerosene, which is a mixture between 50% sustainable bio-fuel and 50% of kerosene, will go to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. One of the engines will be running on this bio-kerosene mixture to of course test the safety and reliability of the alternative fuel source.
They will be using a Boeing 747 and a select group of passengers on this flight. KLM has been researching for years on methods of sustainable fuel sources for aviation and they are going to test out bio-kerosene with this flight on November 23, 2009.
If this flight goes well, it could herald a shift in sustainable fuel sources in aviation. The need for sustainable fuel is a must, and it may even one day lead to a complete removal of fuel sources that are not sustainable, which promises a brighter future not only for aviation, but to the longevity of the environment and various forms of life living on this planet.