File your next flight plan based on FBOs that offer SAF
It feels like sustainability is everywhere these days, and I’m happy that aviation is getting in on the game. Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) seems to be booming; more airports are starting to offer it, and more aircraft manufacturers say that it’s ok to use. But when we file a flight plan, how do we know what airports offer SAF?
Well, I’m glad you asked. There’s a map for that! 4AIR recently introduced the first interactive map showing the location of SAF providers for business aircraft operators, and it’s pretty cool. As of right now, there are approximately 20 locations worldwide that offer SAF, but that number will continue to grow as production increases for general aviation customers. Currently, the map shows sites that have the fuel available for all who want to use it. It doesn’t include FBOs that use the fuel for demonstration purposes only or where it is available only for certain users.
Most SAF providers are located on the U.S. West Coast and in Europe (close to SAF production refineries). Still, the map will be updated as new locations are introduced and verified. In addition, 4AIR is planning to offer even more services for its private jet operator members, including uplift documentation tracing and providing the data for emissions reductions through programs such as CORSIA.
The 4AIR map is the easiest way for operators to use SAF to find providers who sell this environmentally friendly fuel. Each active listing includes the contact information and address of the FBO, and pilots can easily plan the fuel stops on their flight plans by taking a quick look at the map. The hope is that when SAF fuel is easier to find, its use and availability will increase. This sounds good to me!