India’s first biofuel plane would take flight from Dehradun airport on Monday (27 August) in the form of SpiceJet’s Bombardier Q-400, Times of India has reported.
As per the report, the Q-400 operated using the alternative fuel would take flight from Dehradun airport and circle the city for about 10 minutes before landing. If all goes well during the test, it would fly to the New Delhi airport.
Various Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and regulatory officials would be on board to see the results.
In January, Australian airline Qantas operated a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between Los Angeles and Melbourne. In this 15 hour journey, the aviation fuel used had 10 per cent industrial type mustard seed. In 2011 Alaska Airlines had operated flights with biofuel comprising of 50 per cent cooking oil.
India is said to be amongst the first developing nations to attempt such a flight.
As per the National Policy on Biofuels 2018, a biofuel is defined as fuel produced from renewable resources instead of or blended with diesel petrol or other conventional fuels.
These renewable resources can be anything from agricultural waste, forestry, tree-based and non-edible oils.
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