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  • Bell Textron announced that it will begin incorporating Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) into all Bell Training Academy and customer demonstration fleet aircraft.
    Bell will be the first rotorcraft customer to receive SAF supply from global aviation fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation.
    “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.”
    All Bell operated demonstration and training fleet aircraft, totalling 20, have begun using SAF.
    SAF provides a cleaner source of fuel to power rotorcraft and decreases environmental impact of general aviation.
    Aside from SAF integration, Bell is exploring other ways to diminish fuel consumption by testing electrically powered technology in new vehicles like the Bell Autonomous Pod Transport and the Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque demonstrator.