As exciting as that would be, we’re not talking about Superman. The real news is about the first commerical aircraft in all of Australia to be powered by waste cooking oil. Qantas, an Australian airline company, used waste cooking oil refined in Houston to make a biofuel blend for an airliner.
The country is looking for ways to use existing infrastructure to prodcue biodiesel for aviation. While it’s unclear whether the Qantas plane was flying on manufactured biodiesel or just a blend of conventional jet fuel and waste cooking oil, it’s a pretty big deal. We find it especially cool that they’re not interested in using food crops for fuel. Maybe someday we’ll have the honor of fueling our local airport with our biodiesel.