Media Advisory: At Jan. 17 ‘Demonstration Day,’ Leaders to Showcase Viability of Alternative Jet Fuels

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360,

Washington, DC, Dec. 21, 2018 – On Jan. 17, Los Angeles-area civic leaders will join business aviation leaders to mark a milestone in the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels (SAJF) through Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability. The group will host a visually compelling, informative, day-long series of events to highlight the SAJF Initiative and resources, and demonstrate the fuels’ viability – long a priority for the business aviation industry.

The event will mark the official launch of SAJF in use, with demonstration flights showing SAJF in-action, making Van Nuys Airport (VNY) the first general aviation airport in the U.S. to offer SAJF on a trial basis, and providing a model for offering the fuels at other airports. The SAJF Initiative, including the demonstration day, reflect the industry’s long-standing commitment to emissions reduction, including, among other aims, carbon neutrality from 2020 forward.

WHAT: Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability
Demonstration day highlighting an industry’s commitment to development, adoption of SAJF, including in-flight demonstrations.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The event will include:

• 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: SAJF Basics Workshop, including a
panel discussion on the future of the fuels
• 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Luncheon with sources available for
media interviews
• 1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Live in-flight demonstrations with
aircraft flying on SAJF
• 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Media event commemorating the
demo launch
• 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Reception

WHERE: Van Nuys Airport | Los Angeles, CA

WHO: Interview opportunities available with key leadership and other event participants, including:

• Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
• Nury Martinez, city of Los Angeles Councilwoman, 6th District
• Curt Castagna, President of the Van Nuys Airport Association (VNAA)
• Gary Dempsey, President of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), and Tim Obitts, NATA Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
• Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
• Athar Husain Khan, Secretary General of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA)
• Pete Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
• David Coleal, Chair of the GAMA Environment Committee, and President, Bombardier Business Aircraft
• Charles Etter, Staff Scientist, Gulfstream Aerospace
• Kurt Edwards, Director General of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC)
• Steve Drzymalla, SVP Business Aviation Bulk Fuel, World Fuel Services
• Bryan Sherbacow, Chief Commercial Officer, World Energy
• C.R. Sincock, Managing Director of Business Development, Avfuel Corporation
• Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, Avfuel Corporation
• Chris Wilcox, Special Projects Lead, Gevo
• Tim Cesarek, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Gevo

RSVP for the event.

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