Royal Australian Air Force’s aerobatic display team Roulettes flies on SAF for the first time; supported by Neste, Viva Energy and Vitol
During the Williamtown Air Show in Australia, the Roulettes, the Royal Australian Air Force’s aerobatic display team, performed a first public display using Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. The Neste-produced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) used for this flight was supplied to the ADF by Viva Energy, an Australian energy company and the ADF’s strategic fuel partner, in cooperation with Neste and Vitol, a leading global energy and commodities company.
The SAF was blended with conventional jet fuel at a 30% ratio before use, meeting current jet fuel specifications.
The Roulettes performed the display using SAF on their Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft. The PC-21 is powered by a 1,600 shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68B coupled to a five-blade Scimitar graphite propeller.
The combination of a high performance turboprop engine with a sophisticated power management system make the PC-21 extremely easy to handle at low airspeeds while still providing the power required for high performance.