Coast to Coast Biofuel Airplane Project

The Goal: A Coast to Coast Biofuel-Powered Flight from RI to CA



The Coast to Coast Biofuel Airplane Project will combine the excitement of aviation with the leading edge in renewable energy technology. Using aviation biofuel in a single engine Cessna equipped with an amazingly efficient SMA diesel engine, we will achieve a 2,500 nautical mile flight from Rhode Island to California.

The key to a sustainable energy future is twofold, increasing energy efficiency and using renewable energy. By increasing energy efficiency of our homes, appliances, vehicles, etc. we use less energy to get what we need done. By using renewable energy we are helping to ensure a sustainable future, a cleaner environment, and a better quality of life.

This will be the first transcontinental flight using aviation biofuel in a certified light aircraft.

The SkyNRG aviation biofuel is made from used cooking oil and blended 50-50 with regular Jet A to meet ASTM D7566 standards. The aviation biofuel blend is run through over twenty lab tests to ensure it meets or exceeds the required specifications. The SkyNRG aviation biofuel blend is a drop-in replacement for Jet A and can be used in jet engines, turboprop engines, and aviation diesel engines. With 50% of the fuel made from used cooking oil, the emissions and carbon footprint is significantly lower, so it is better for the environment.

While some renewable energy technologies hold great promise but are not yet “ready for prime time”, diesel engines are a proven technology that has been in use for over 100 years. There is a reason the great 18 wheeler “big rig” trucks travelling the world’s highways all use diesel engines. They are fuel efficient, powerful, and reliable.

With rising fuel costs and environmental concerns about the lead that is still used in aviation gasoline, diesel engines are a great solution for most general aviation airplanes. Along with the benefits of greater fuel efficiency, reliability, and lower emissions, aviation diesel engines can also use renewable aviation biofuels.

The SMA aviation diesel engine in the single engine, four passenger Cessna 182 we will be flying is 30-40% more fuel efficient than the avgas burning stock engine that it replaced. This saves a lot of fuel, a lot of money, and is better for the environment.

Increasing energy efficiency and using renewable energy are the keys to a sustainable future. The Coast to Coast Biofuel Airplane Project will clearly demonstrate this to promote, renewable energy, aviation, and the excitement of real world science education.

Blue Skies!



Paramus Flying Club's Cessna 182 will be fueled with a 50-50 blend of aviation biofuel and Jet A to power the fuel-sipping SMA aviation diesel engine.

Plane taking off

Plane close up


Meet our Sponsors


Ross McCurdy


Cell: 401-241-6506

Home: 401-231-7986

Smithfield, RI 02917

Please feel free to contact me for information on the Coast to Coast Biofuel Airplane Project or other renewable energy projects that I've worked with.