On Friday September 13th, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it will contribute $40 million over the next 10 years to an Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) that will focus on increasing aviation efficiencies. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx stated that “The Center of Excellence will tap talented universities to help us take environmentally friendly, alternative jet fuel technology to the next level. Airlines and their customers will both benefit from their work developing cleaner fuel that supports the environment and continued aviation growth.”
The COE will include universities from most regions of the country partnering with airlines, defense contractors and other business sectors to drive innovation in the US aviation industry with the goal of leveling the playing field for our industry. ALPA continues to work with our employers, farmers, biofuel producers and national security groups to expedite the commercialization of advanced biofuels. Stabilizing our fuel prices remains a critical goal for our industry. Commercialization of advanced biofuels is one of several policies that will help the U.S. aviation industry compete in the global aviation marketplace.