One of our awesome customers, Ross McCurdy, biodiesel enthusiast and teacher at Ponaganset High School, has been promoting Biodiesel to his students for years now, but this year he did something extra special. He flew from Rhode Island to North Carolina in a Biodiesel powered Cessna 182 single engine aircraft that’s part of the Paramus Flying Club! This is the first time in the US that a piston driven engine has been powered by Biodiesel! Quite a neat accomplishment in and of itself!
The flight was 500 miles and started at the North Central State Airport in Lincoln, Rhode Island. From there they flew to Kitty Hawk First Flight Airport in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which is the same place Orville & Wilbur Wright made their first historic flight! (How’s that for cool?!)
The engine powering the Cessna was a special built SMA Diesel Engine that was approved for use for the trip.
Four Cylinder diesel engine
Uses Jet A Fuel
42% better fuel efficiency than avgas engines
Greater reliability, less maintenance, and fewer parts
Capable of using renewable Jet fuels
Certificated for Cessna 182 aircraft
The fuel used was from SkyNRG, and was a mixture of 50% Biodiesel to 50% Jet-A fuel.
Once the festivities concluded, Ross, his son, and two other colleagues boarded their biofuel powered Cessna, taxied down the runway and took to the skies!
Check out some of the great press they received!
Local Rhode Island TV Station news story on the flight
Aircraft Owners And Pilots Association
Article about the engine used in the plane
Learn more about Ross McCurdy’s cool projects!
Ponaganset High School Renewable Program
Cross-Country Trip In A Biodiesel Powered Pickup Truck