Flying on Vegetable Oil January 2, 2009 By jennifer A passenger plane has successfully completed a two-hour test flight partly powered by vegetable oil. Read more here.
Taluka Byvalnian says
It would be OK provided it didn’t fly to high and get too cold.
From NY times on Christmas Day:
“In January 2007, a bus stalled in the middle of the night on Interstate 70 in the Colorado mountains. The culprit was a 20 percent biodiesel blend that congealed in the freezing weather, according to John Jones, the transit director for the bus line, Summit Stage. (Biodiesel is a diesel substitute, typically made from vegetable oil, that is used to displace some fossil fuels.)”
Sorry, passengers, our fuel is frozen – we’re going down…
Biodiesel has another little nasty:
“Even though for years biodiesel has been heralded as a lubricity additive helping keep fuel system components, like the moving parts inside the fuel injection systems moving smoothly, the bitter irony here is that, when post injected, it tends to dilute engine oil and interacts with additives and increases the possibility of engine wear”
Post injection is the late and multiple introduction of fuel during the engine cycle, often referred to as common rail.
Sorry, warranty doesn’t cover dodgy fuel!