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Media Advisory: In January 17 ‘Demonstration Day’ Civic, Aviation Leaders to Showcase Viability of Alternative Jet Fuels

GAMA NEWS 18-64 For Immediate Release: Dec 21, 2018



GAMA Director of Communications:
Sarah McCann

Released: December/21/2018

General Aviation
Manufacturers Association
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900


Media Advisory: In January 17 ‘Demonstration Day’ Civic, Aviation Leaders to Showcase Viability of Alternative Jet Fuels

Washington, DC — On January 17, Los Angeles-area civic leaders will join business aviation leaders to mark a milestone in the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels (SAJF) through Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability. The group will host a visually compelling, informative, day-long series of events to highlight the SAJF Initiative and resources, and demonstrate the fuels’ viability – long a priority for the business aviation industry.

The January 17 event will mark the official launch of SAJF in use, with demonstration flights showing SAJF in-action, making VNY the first general aviation airport in the U.S. to offer SAJF on a trial basis, and providing a model for offering the fuels at other airports. The SAJF Initiative, including the demonstration day, reflect the industry’s long-standing commitment to emissions reduction, including, among other aims, carbon neutrality from 2020 forward.

WHAT: Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability

Demonstration day highlighting an industry’s commitment to development, adoption of SAJF, including in-flight demonstrations.

WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

The multifaceted day-long event will include:

  • 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: SAJF Basics Workshop, including a panel discussion on the future of the fuels.
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Luncheon with sources available for media interviews.
  • 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Live in-flight demonstrations with aircraft flying on SAJF.
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Media event commemorating the demo launch.
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Reception.

WHERE: Van Nuys Airport | Los Angeles, California

WHO: Interview opportunities available with key leadership and other event participants, including:

  • Pete Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
  • David Coleal, Chair, GAMA Environment Committee, and President, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
  • Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).
  • Nury Martinez, City of Los Angeles Councilwoman, 6th District.
  • Curt Castagna, President of the Van Nuys Airport Association (VNAA).
  • Gary Dempsey, President of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), and Tim Obitts, NATA Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel.
  • Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).
  • Athar Husain Khan, Secretary General of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
  • Charles Etter, Staff Scientist, Gulfstream Aerospace.
  • Kurt Edwards, Director General of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
  • Steve Drzymalla, Senior Vice President, Business Aviation Bulk Fuel, World Fuel Services.
  • Bryan Sherbacow, Chief Commercial Officer, World Energy.
  • C.R. Sincock, Managing Director of Business Development, Avfuel Corporation.
  • Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, Avfuel Corporation.
  • Chris Wilcox, Special Projects Lead, Gevo.
  • Tim Cesarek, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Gevo.

Click here to RSVP for the event.

For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at

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Communications Director:
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General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

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