50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Safran and ST Engineering to study and advance the use of SAF in helicopter engines

Download: Printable PDF Date: 16 Feb 2022 16:23 (UTC) categories:
Safran and ST Engineering to study and advance the use of SAF in helicopter engines - Manufacturer publisher
Dana Ermolenko
Aircraft: Helicopters

Safran Helicopter Engines and ST Engineering signed a Memorandum of Understanding to study the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in helicopter engines, with the objective of assisting helicopter operators in their transition to the use of SAF. Under the MoU, Safran Helicopter Engines and ST Engineering will offer their expertise in engine manufacturing and MRO to promote and help helicopter operators to switch from conventional fossil fuels to SAF. Ground testing of Safran engines using SAF will be performed at ST Engineering’s engine test facilities, while flight tests with participating helicopter operators will be conducted to evaluate the technical and economical performances of the use of SAF on their fleet’s engines. 

All Safran’s helicopter engines are currently certified to operate on up to 50% SAF. The objective of the collaboration is to also certify in the coming years the use of 100% SAF, which can potentially result in carbon emission reduction by up to 80%.

Valerie Patuel, Managing Director of Safran Helicopter Engines Asia, commented, “This agreement strengthens the technical and industrial partnership we have built with ST Engineering over the years. It also marks a key milestone in our common endeavour to transform the aviation industry towards a more sustainable future”.

Tay Eng Guan, Vice President and General Manager of the commercial aerospace engines arm of ST Engineering said, “Our latest partnership with Safran combine the expertise and domain knowledge of both companies to study and advance the use of SAF by operators. The partnership also reflects our shared beliefs that aerospace companies must come together in joint efforts to develop robust solutions that can effectively reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.”  

Safran Helicopter Engines has set itself the goal of reducing carbon emissions at its sites worldwide by incorporating SAF at all its test benches. Since last June, the manufacturer has been using it at every site in France, initially at a level of 10% of total aviation fuel usage, with a target of 50% by 2025. It has also recently deployed SAF to its UK facility at Fareham.

ST Engineering plays its part for sustainability by leveraging its engineering and technology know-to develop aerospace solutions that are greener and more eco-conscious. Some of these solutions include its patented EcoPower aircraft engine wash system which helps operators achieve lower fuel burn and thereby reduce their carbon footprint and freighter conversions which give new lease of life to retired passenger aircraft.

Related event:
Singapore, Singapore, Changi Exhibition Centre 9 Aviation Park Road Singapore 498760.

1 year ago

Loading comments for Safran and ST Engineering to study and advance the use of SAF in helicopter engines...


First-of-its-kind flight trials integrate uncrewed aircraft into controlled airspace

A partnership of aviation leaders has successfully completed a first-of-its-kind trial, including a series of test flights aimed at evaluating the operational integration of uncrewed aircraft flying b...

By the end of November, the number of passengers at the Riga Airport exceeded 6.1 million

In November 2023, Riga Airport has served 471 thousand travellers, thus the number of passengers since the beginning of the year has exceeded the 6.1 million mark, according to the operational data on...

Reliable Robotics flies large cargo aircraft with no one on board

Reliable Robotics announced a significant milestone in its work to bring advanced safety-enhancing technologies to market in the United States. Last month’s successful flight of a Cessna 208B Ca...

Definitive shift from design to industrialization - Lilium starts Lilium Jet production with delivery of first fuselage

Lilium starts production of Lilium Jet, following the arrival of the first fuselage at Lilium’s final assembly line. In parallel, Lilium’ world-class tier-one suppliers – most o...

Mobile Apps development The drones news