7 August 2013 – In Australia, the national aviation and aerospace industry association, Aviation/Aerospace Australia (A/AA), announced that it will be partnering with the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Alternative Fuel (AISAF), and that AISAF will become a member of the Association. The A/AA sees this move as integral to its goal of developing a sustainable aviation and aerospace industry in Australia. AISAF lauds the partnership as an opportunity to enhance connections among aviation industry stakeholders and potential export markets.
"CAAFI leadership congratulates both A/AA and AISAF, including Chair, Dr. Susan Pond, on this new alignment, which strengthens and broadens AISAF's reach within Australia" states CAAFI Executive Director Emeritus Rich Altman. CAAFI (Altman) and AISAF (Pond) have led implementation of the U.S. /Australia Memorandum of Understanding on alternative fuels that was signed in September 2011. On the basis of the MOU, CAAFI and AISAF have implemented cooperative activities and information sharing to complement each other’s work. Efforts have included dialogue and assistance between the agricultural , R&D, environment, and deployment areas, with a focus on supporting aviation’s global goals to achieve carbon neutral growth.
CAAFI Executive Director, Steve Csonka, notes “The formation of this partnership between AISAF and A/AA will not only strengthen AISAF in Australia but it also has the potential to strengthen similar initiatives in the Pacific Rim as an established sustainable aviation biofuels initiative that others can emulate. We look forward to continued partnership with AISAF and to enabling collaborations with other Pacific Rim initiatives."
Chair of AISAF, Susan Pond, acknowledges “the role that the United States Studies Centre and all of its founding partners have played in the formation of AISAF. The partnership with A/AA is a demonstration of the value of organizations such as AISAF and CAAFI in driving the sustainable aviation fuel industry to reality.“
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