4AIR Launches New Interactive Map to Help Locate SAF

Sun Air Jets at KCMA offers SAF as part of a larger green aviation initiative. Sun Air Jets

As the demand for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from operators of turbine-powered aircraft continues to rise, a new interactive map from 4AIR will assist these operators in finding FBOs in the U.S. that regularly stock SAF.

The map does not differentiate between brands, and all locations have been verified by 4AIR to confirm they will have SAF on their flight lines.

4AIR says that although SAF reduces emissions contributing to climate change, the fuel can be hard to find because of limited distribution and fragmented marketing. Their new SAF map is the first aggregator to allow private and business aircraft that typically burn jet-A to now find SAF regardless of the fuel provider.

“Sustainable aviation fuel is an efficient and effective way to reduce the impact private and business jets have on climate change,” said Kennedy Ricci, 4AIR’s president.

“This is the single best way for aviators to find this climate-beneficial fuel. And, by making it easier to find SAF, we hope to promote its use and expand its availability.”

The map currently features nearly 20 verified SAF fuel locations with supply points geared toward business aviation. 4AIR excludes locations if they have:

  • Uplifted SAF only once
  • Maintain supply only for a particular customer
  • Do not have gallons available for purchase regularly

Each active listing includes:

  • A street address
  • A link to the FBO’s website
  • A contact telephone number for ease in reaching the fuel provider.

The map will be updated continuously as new locations are verified or new announcements are made.

A fuel truck loaded with SAF prepares to fuel a business jet for Sun Air Jets at Camarillo Airport. Sun Air Jets

For Example

One FBO on the 4AIR map that is offering SAF on a regular basis is Sun Air Jets| at Camarillo Airport (KCMA). As of this week, Sun Air Jets was offering full-service SAF for $4.12/gallon, the same price as their Jet-A fuel.

“Sun Air Jets is proud to be one of the first FBOs in the nation to offer SAF,” said Steve Maloney, Sun Air Jets EVP of finance and business operations. “Virtually all of our aircraft owners have requested their aircraft utilize SAF, and demand at our FBO has exceeded our wildest expectations. Having a map with location details of FBOs offering SAF is a brilliant idea that I’m sure will be incredibly popular with pilots and flight department managers.”

Offering SAF on a regular basis is part of a much larger overall green aviation initiative for Sun Air Jets. “We have recently signed on with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) to become one of their beta FBOs for a new Certified Green FBO program. As such, we will be one of the first in the country to have that designation for our KCMA location. And to ensure that we are leaders in sustainability for private aviation, we are on the environmental subcommittees for both NATA and NBAA,” the FBO said.

SAF is considered a “drop-in” fuel, meaning it has a similar chemical composition to fossil fuels, and therefore the same emissions, but it can be pumped, stored, and used within the existing fuel infrastructure.

Dan Pimentel is an instrument-rated private pilot and former airplane owner who has been flying since 1996. As an aviation journalist and photographer, he has covered all aspects of the general and business aviation communities for a long list of major aviation magazines, newspapers and websites. He has never met a flying machine that he didn’t like, and has written about his love of aviation for years on his Airplanista blog. For 10 years until 2019, he hosted the popular ‘Oshbash’ social media meetup events at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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