Bell Textron Inc. has said it will begin incorporating SAF into all Bell Training Academy (BTA) and customer demonstration fleet aircraft and, in doing so, has become the first rotorcraft customer to receive SAF supply from global aviation fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation. All Bell operated demonstration and training fleet aircraft, totaling 20 aircraft, will begin using sustainable aviation fuel starting from the end of March.
“Bell is an active supporter of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s sustainable fuel initiative, and we are committed to seeking more eco-friendly solutions for rotorcraft,” said Michael Thacker, Executive Vice President, Technology and Commercial Business. “As the industry moves toward a greener future, Bell’s decision to introduce SAF in our training and demonstration aircraft is a reflection of our dedication to this shared goal and to providing clean alternatives for the environment.”
Electric power options under development
Aside from SAF integration, Bell is exploring other ways to diminish fuel consumption in the aviation industry by testing electrically powered technology in new vehicles like the Bell Autonomous Pod Transport and the Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque demonstrator. Bell continues to support the aviation industry in its objective to achieve carbon neutral growth and reduce CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2050.