• Bell 505 demonstrator ship. (Bell)
    Bell 505 demonstrator ship. (Bell)

Bell Textron announced yesterday that it will start using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in all Bell Training Academy (BTA) and customer demonstration aircraft.

Bell operates a demonstration and training fleet of 20 aircraft, and will begin using SAF provided by AvFuel immediately.

“Bell is an active supporter of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s sustainable fuel initiative, and we are committed to seeking more eco-friendly solutions for rotorcraft,” said Michael Thacker, Executive Vice President, Technology and Commercial Business.

“As the industry moves toward a greener future, Bell’s decision to introduce SAF in our training and demonstration aircraft is a reflection of our dedication to this shared goal and to providing clean alternatives for the environment.”  

Bell is also exploring other ways to diminish fuel consumption by testing electric technology in new vehicles like the Bell Autonomous Pod Transport and the Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque demonstrator.

Bell says it will continue to support the aviation industry in its objective to achieve carbon neutral growth and reduce CO2 dioxide emissions by 50 percent by 2050.

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