GE Honda engine passes 100% SAF test


The HF120 engine by GE Honda Aero has successfully completed its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) testing.

Until now, the engine has only operated with SAF blends up to 50%. The test was performed using Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (HEFA-SPK), which is the most widely available form of SAF produced from cooking oil and waste fats. The test results showed the engine performance was equivalent to regular jet fuel.

Melvyn Heard, president, GE Honda said the testing proves jets can be operated on SAF now and in the future, adding: “Our customers can be confident that the HF120 engine can help them meet their sustainability goals to reduce CO2 emissions in flight.”

At NBAA-BACE 2022 last week in Florida, Honda Aircraft Company released an upgrade package for the HondaJet Elite which could increase the maximum takeoff weight by 200lbs, allowing customers to fly up to 120nm (223kms) further at a higher payload or with an additional passenger.