Coast to Coast Biofuel Airplane Project

The Goal: A Coast to Coast Biofuel-Powered Flight from Rhode Island to California.


Energy, we all use it and we all need it. To heat our homes, cook our food, keep us connected, and get us where we need to go. Virtually every aspect of modern society relies on energy to keep the lights on and the wheels turning.

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.

The Coast to Coast Biofuel Airplane Project will demonstrate the fuel efficiency of diesel engine technology combined with the use of renewable aviation biofuel with a 2,500 nautical mile flight from Rhode Island to California.

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.

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.


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.

Meet our Sponsors

With your help we will achieve this milestone flight.


Ross McCurdy
401-241-6506 cell
401-231-7986 home
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.