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THE ADF's vision for the use of green
fuels was discussed at two important
meetings in Brussels earlier this year.
The Air and Space Interoperability
Council (ASIC) Fuels Group meeting
and the NATO Fuels meeting both heard
from the chief engineer for the Joint
Fuels and Lubricants Agency (JFLA),
SQNLDR Ulas Yildirim, who addressed
the meetings on behalf of the ADF.
As discussions about peak oil, bio
fuels and alternative energy sources
increase, the sourcing of suitable fuel
for ADF operations will become more
SQNLDR Yildirim said that, while
fuel was a force multiplier, not much
attention was paid to where it came from
or the research that went into it.
"The ADF's ability to participate
and operate on non-petroleum-sourced
aviation fuels during RIMPAC in 2012
was singled out by the US during both
the ASIC and NATO fuels meetings,"
SQNLDR Yildirim said.
He said work in this area ensured the
ADF remained interoperable with its
allies while staying abreast of progress
on this very important topic.
"In the recent past, non-petroleum-
sourced aviation fuels have become
topical -- the main driver for this is
energy security and independence."
SQNLDR Yildirim said this was a
significantly greater priority for countries
such as the US, given fuel demands for
those countries greatly exceeded
domestic production, and their fuel
imports were from countries with which
they have, at times, troubled relations.
"The challenge with the certification
of non-petroleum-sourced aviation fuels
is to approve them as 'drop in replace-
ment' for conventional aviation fuels,"
"This means that the certification will
require no alteration to aircraft
components, ship hardware or existing
"With this challenge in mind, the
US military has conducted a significant
amount of work on this topic."
SQNLDR Yildirim said that, as a
show of progress, the US Navy's Great
Green Fleet, operating on non-petroleum-
sourced naval distillate and aviation
fuels, participated in RIMPAC in Hawaii
in July 2012.
During the exercise, a RAN Seahawk
operated with a
fuel to conduct
the ADF's first
a non-petroleum-sourced aviation fuel,
discussions to make this happen started
months before at the previous ASIC
Fuels Group meeting between the US
Navy and the ADF," SQNLDR Yildirim
said.He said he was pleased that the recent
ASIC Fuels Group meeting had represen-
tation from the ADF, Canadian military,
US Air Force, US Navy and Royal New
Zealand Air Force.
Also of note, for the first time the
NATO Fuels meeting had representation
Comparatively speaking, in terms of
budget, the ADF is a small player within
the fuels environment in relation to
nations such as the US and France.
"However, over the years it has been
noted that the ADF has been punch-
ing well above its weight," SQNLDR
He said this was because, as an ASIC
member nation, the ADF had become
very important in being able to fill
specific roles and conduct niche research
that other member nations had been
unable to take up.
"Moreover, because of its smaller
membership, the ASIC Fuels Group has
been known to make decisions on
specific fuels-related topics much faster
than NATO," he said.
"As such, the ASIC Fuels Group
meeting discussions are reported on each
year during the NATO Fuels meetings.
"By continuing to develop policy and
procedures that allow the ADF to use
fuels from alternative sources alongside
our coalition allies, we will continue to
enable the ADF to conduct operations at
home and abroad into the future."
For more information, visit the Air and
Space Interoperability Council website at
UP TO 46 aircraft from RAAF
bases Amberley, Williamtown
and Tindal are participating
in the biennial East Coast Air
Defence Exercise (ECADEX 13)
off the NSW coast.
The exercise began on August
26 and will run until September
13, with aircraft launching from
Amberley and Williamtown.
Commander Air Combat
Group AIRCDRE Tony Grady
said ECADEX 13 was a vital
training exercise for maintaining
"The exercise also provides
an opportunity for Air Force
personnel to practise their skills
at maintaining the integrity of
Australian air space and protect-
ing vital infrastructure, such
as shipping ports or airfields,"
AIRCDRE Grady said.
The exercise scenario is
designed to test both passive
and active air defence capabili-
ties where a "blue" or friendly
force protects the integrity of
Australian air space and vital
infrastructure against attack from
a "red" force.
Note: Be sure to check out the
September 26 edition of Air Force for
full coverage of the East Coast Air
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personnel perform maintenance
on a KC-30A's fuel drogue.
Photo: LAC David Said
SQNLDR Ulas Yildirim
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