Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading US airlines, and Boeing released several recommendations to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accelerate the commercial viability and deployment of aviation biofuels. The recommendations were announced in conjunction with the publication of the working-draft Farm to Fly initiative report, Agriculture and Aviation: Partners in Prosperity: Putting Aviation at the Forefront of the President’s Biofuels Targets” issued by the USDA, A4A and Boeing.
In July 2010, USDA, Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA) (since renamed “Airlines for America” or “A4A”), and Boeing signed a resolution formalizing their commitment to work together on the “Farm To Fly” initiative to “accelerate the availability of a commercially viable and sustainable aviation biofuel industry in the United States, increase domestic energy security, establish regional supply chains, and support rural development.”
The main report identifies the opportunities and advances in meeting the Farm To Fly objectives and summarizes relevant USDA programs. Although the content of Part II was informed by discussions among the entire team, A4A and Boeing developed the recommendations that make up the body of Part II.
The Farm to Fly initiative builds on and expands the work of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), of which A4A is a co-founding and co-leading member, to hasten the availability of commercially viable, environmentally preferred alternative jet fuels.
Steps recommended by A4A and Boeing are:
Ensure would-be aviation biofuel suppliers and aviation biofuel users have meaningful access to existing programs.
Implement, maintain and augment programs in the 2008 farm bill and employ them to support aviation biofuel.
Leverage US Government resources to support promising aviation biofuel deployment projects.