JetOptions Speaks Out on U.S. and Australian Collaboration on Alternative Fuels

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On demand private jet charter firm JetOptions comments on the collaboration between the U.S and Australia to continue researching alternative aviation fuels, and the wide ranging effect this could have on the private jet charter sector and its consumers.

We must continue to research alternative fuels, we have a duty to protect the planet.

On September 13 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was published jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Australian Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), which states a commitment from both parties to continue research into alternative aviation fuels.

The memorandum outlines the procedure for the sharing of knowledge and data pertaining to research into alternative, sustainable aviation fuels. This exchange of knowledge will cover all aspects of research including project results, environmental studies, and policy changes at every level. Both nations have pledged to cover the cost of all research jointly.

JetOptions, a market leading firm which specializes in on demand private jet charter, is in a unique position to comment upon this collaborative effort, with regards to their own market sector.

Gus Lira, Vice President of JetOptions, tells us that, “Of course, we must continue to research alternative fuels, we have a duty to protect the planet. However, we also need to protect our consumers; we need to reach a balance. Both of these organizations, the DOT and FAA, form part of the overhead for any business involved in commercial aviation. Whilst the commitment of both the FAA and DOT into finding alternative fuel sources should be applauded, there must be constraints in place to ensure that spending is controlled.”

In U.S. aviation, public, academic and private sector partnerships play a key role in developing alternative fuels through the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative (CAAFI) and Continuous Low Energy Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) programs. More information on CAAFI and CLEEN can be found at: http://www.caafi.org or http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/apl/research/aircraft_technology/cleen/ You can also see the FAA press release here.

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