|Garuda Indonesia, flag carrier of Indonesia, aircraft in hanger. Photo: Wikipedia|
[Avionics Today 10-26-2015] The FAA and Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have signed an agreement to promote the development and use of sustainable, alternative aviation fuels, as well as additional environmental collaboration between the two nations. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) builds on the U.S. government’s efforts to protect the environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and provide the U.S. and the broader global community with more sustainable energy resources.
The MOU’s primary focus areas are research and development of alternative aviation fuels, energy conservation, environmental protection and sustainable aviation growth, critical information and personnel exchange, strengthened capacity-building, and the sharing of best practices.
The agreement will create additional partnership opportunities between the U.S. Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) and Indonesia’s Aviation Biofuels and Renewable Energy Task Force (ABRETF). Both organizations have similar goals and successes, such as developing alternative fuels that can be used in existing engines.