Home | About Us | Industrial Affiliates | Technology
Board of Managers  | Photo Gallery | World Records | Media

 Orlando, FL – November 1, 2008

Green Flight International

Worlds FIRST Trans Contential Biofuel-Powered Jet Flight 

Green Flight International President and CEO Douglas Rodante and Chief Pilot Carol Sugars became the first flight crew to successfully cross the U.S. in a jet powered predominantly on environmentally-friendly Biofuel.

The record-setting flight originated in Reno, NV and concluded in Leesburg, FL on Nov 1, after a total flight time of 11 hours, 13 minutes, flown at altitudes ranging from 13,000 to 17,000 feet. 

“This transcontinental flight was distinctive in that 1,776 miles of the 2,486 total miles flown were powered on 100% Biofuel,” said Rodante. Only 710 miles of the flight were powered by a mixture of 50% Biofuel and 50% standard jet fuel.  The 50/50 fuel mix was used to compare performance data and demonstrate the capability of blending Biofuel with existing jet fuel supplies.

Rodante and Sugars made aviation history in October 2007 when they became the first crew to pilot a jet aircraft powered entirely on Biofuel.  The pair has once again demonstrated the viability of renewable fuels in aviation by completing their more recent Biofuel-powered coast-to-coast flight.  “These flights prove that we have the capability of supplementing our energy requirements with safe, environmentally-friendly alternatives to petroleum,” said Rodante.  “And the Biofuel is produced in the U.S., which essentially negates our dependency on foreign fuel supplies.”

The Federal Aviation Administration has expressed an interest in using the Orlando-based Green Flight’s Biofuel test program as a template to assess future generations of aviation fuels. “There is absolutely no room for error in a single engine jet aircraft operating on 100% Biofuel,” said Chief  Pilot Sugars. “The extended cross-country experimental flight operated to stringent specifications required by the FAA in order to ensure public safety.”

Green Flight International’s flight was sponsored in part by Erie, PA-based companies, Lake Erie Biofuels, LLC., and Logistics Plus, for assuming fuel supply and transport responsibilities; and Lockheed Martin Corporation’s [NYSE: LMT] Missiles and Fire Control business unit of Orlando, Fla., provided laboratory testing and support.

The Green Flight team is dedicated to continue their work in promoting the use of eco-friendly renewable fuels in aviation, and is currently developing another record-breaking flight.

RENO, NV - October 5, 2007

Green Flight International

Worlds FIRST  Biofuel-Powered Jet Flight

Aviation history was made earlier this week in the high desert at the Reno-Stead Airport when an L-29 military aircraft piloted by Carol Sugars and Douglas Rodante succeeded in completing the world’s first jet flight powered solely by 100% biodiesel fuel. The Czechoslovakian-made aircraft is rated to fly on a variety of fuels including heating oil, making it the preferred platform for testing biodiesel in jet engines.

The experimental test flights were conducted starting with a blend of jet fuel and biodiesel. The engine data was measured and the performance was evaluated and found acceptable for continued use, eventually resulting in the landmark flight using 100% renewable biodiesel fuel. According to Chief Pilot Carol Sugars who wrote and conducted the test program, “As we gradually increased the amount of biodiesel in the fuel blend, the data confirmed that the aircraft continued to perform well, giving me the confidence to transition to 100% biodiesel.” Flight tests were conducted up to an altitude of 17,000 feet showing no significant difference in performance compared to conventional jet fuel.

“This test program between Green Flight International and Biodiesel Solutions was a unique and exciting opportunity to show what can be done in renewable fuels.” said Rudi Wiedemann, president of Biodiesel Solutions. “The very idea of using 100% biodiesel to fly a jet aircraft makes a compelling statement about the possibilities for the future of renewable energy and a healthier planet.”

Out of concern for our global environment, Green Flight International was conceived by Douglas Rodante in April 2006 to serve as a platform for future development in the use of environmentally-friendly fuels in aviation and elsewhere. “It is imperative that the global community take immediate steps to reduce our carbon footprint, because we can no longer afford to wait while our environment continues to degrade.” said Rodante. “By implementing even a small amount of bio-degradable fuel in our transportation system we can significantly reduce the CO2 (greenhouse gasses) and NOx (the precursor to smog) that contribute to global warming.”

In the near future Green Flight International expects to announce plans for another record-breaking aviation event. They invite aviation and biofuel enthusiasts to inquire about how they might be able to participate in this exciting venture.  For more information contact Doug Rodante at or doug@greenflightinternational.com .

Mount Dora, Florida - March 20, 2007

Green Flight International

Worlds FIRST Cross Country Biofuel-Powered Jet Flight Announced Today

Commercial Aircraft Pilot, Douglas Rodante has just purchased an L-29 Russian Military aircraft located in Reno, Nevada. Douglas, who is the President of the Orlando Apopka Airport, Green Flight International and Co-Founder of Angel Flight Kids, will use the aircraft to give charity rides to disabled and terminally ill children. Besides never having had a ride in a military jet aircraft, most of these kids have never been able to travel in commercial airliners due to their illnesses.

Doug’s passion isn’t just with the local children, he holds a deep desire to contribute to the global community by providing solutions that will effect not only current , but future generations to come. He has been working with cutting edge fuel companies who have developed new processes of deriving Bio Fuels for commercial use. By combining a jet fuel/bio fuel mix, Doug hopes to significantly decrease the carbon and smog producing NOX output of his jet engine.

His cross country flight will be the first of its kind to represent the possibilities of reducing green house gasses by setting a “GREEN” example to the aviation community. Initial studies conducted at Baylor University have indicated that there is a possibility of cleaning these fuels up. Doug will meet with Professor Max Shuck at Baylor during his journey. There will be ground testing as well as high altitude flight test with the jet in order to confirm the carbon reduction theory. Preliminary fuel tests will be conducted by Lockheed Martin.

The Two Thousand mile cross country flight will also encompass specialized flight training for Doug as the Federal Aviation Administration requires a type rating to fly the war bird. They also have to grant permission to fly outside of the aircraft’s home base due to the government restrictions on geographical boundaries of flight.

This record breaking flight is actually a pre-curser to a much bolder endeavor. Doug plans to fly a Lear jet powered on a more refined bio fuel, completely around the world later next year. His advisors on the project include Bill Lear, Jr., former CEO of Lear Inc. and Astronaut, Story Mustgrave. Doug has also solicited several unnamed celebrity pilots he has invited on this historical flight.

“We can prevent the emission of millions of tons of pollutants per year into our atmosphere by implementing a few simple measures into our existing system.” The cross country flight will originate in Nevada and final touch down will be in Florida where the aircraft will then give the first “Angel Flight” child the ride of a lifetime.

The Flight will be filmed in High Definition and distributed Internationally


Privacy Statement  | Contact Info   | Links