Diamond Aircraft’s DA42-VI training aircraft has completed its first flight fully fuelled by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Bremen Airport.

The flight was completed following extensive tests and preparations by the European Flight Academy, part of Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH (LAT), in partnership with Diamond and engine manufacturer Austro Engine.

The SAF was produced from oil waste, aquatic plants and soil plants in Ghent, Belgium and produces up to 80% less CO2 emissions during its life cycle.

The DA42-VI flight is part of extensive tests with blended SAF at Bremen Airport and the results of this test series will reveal whether SAF can be used as the sole fuel for the European Flight Academy fleet in the future.

Mathias Offen, Head of Training Services at the European Flight Academy said, “Today’s test flight with SAF in one of our training aircraft is an essential building block on the way to sustainable pilot training at our flight schools, which we as the European Flight Academy are embarking on together with our training aircraft manufacturer Diamond.”

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