Bio Plane taking off

University Park Airport to be First Stop on Coast-to-Coast Bioflight

On April 16, the University Park Airport will have the honor of being the first stop on an unprecedented "bioflight." The airport will welcome pilot Ross McCurdy, who is flying a certified light aircraft 5,000 miles round-trip from Rhode Island to California, using a plant-oil-based biofuel.

It will be the first transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft.

University Park Airport will participate by refueling the aircraft upon its arrival with biofuel that will be shipped in advance. "This is a great sustainability project that we're proud to be involved in," says Bryan Rodgers, director of the University Park Airport. "The pilot expects to land on Saturday, April 16 and will be on the ground for about an hour. All of this is, of course, weather dependent."

McCurdy hopes to educate and raise awareness of renewable energy through the coast-to-coast bioflight. "We want to promote aviation biofuels and all renewable energy through real-world science education," McCurdy says. "Throughout the trip we're looking forward to meeting people who care about these things because that's what really makes projects like this worthwhile. Increasing energy efficiency and using renewable energy are the keys to a sustainable future."

The flight includes six refueling stops. McCurdy plans to land in Santa Monica, California, on April 19 and be there to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. "I really appreciate the help and support of University Park Airport," he says. "Allowing us to refuel there helps make the coast-to-coast bioflight possible."

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