IF YOU DON'T NEED 100
OCTANE LEADED GASOLINE FOR YOUR AIRPLANE,
WHY ARE YOU USING IT?
More than 80% of General Aviation aircraft, including 99+% of Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) could be flying on premium unleaded mogas.
Check for ethanol in the mogas that you buy.
While you can be assured that the mogas that you buy for an airplane on a public use airport is ethanol free, you always want to check mogas that you buy off airport. These are some companies that sell mogas test kits:
You can find more vendors that sell ethanol test equipment, just Google ethanol tester
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE FAA, EPA AND EAA
9 October 2010
Mr. Randy Babbitt
FAA National Headquarters
800 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20591
Dear Administrator Babbitt:
I know that the FAA is working diligently with the EPA and the General Aviation Avgas Coalition to find a solution to the impending demise of 100 LL avgas.
Can you tell me what the FAA and EPA are doing to insure that the other approved avgas will survive? It is facing a similar demise. Unleaded auto gasoline made to ASTM D4814 without ethanol is an approved aviation fuel. It has FAA approval through the STC process for more than 60,000 aircraft and is the recommended fuel for virtually 100% of the new Light Sport Aircraft. Because of the unintended consequences of the federal RFS mandate in EISA 2007 ethanol free unleaded auto gasoline is disappearing. It has already disappeared in the Northeast and California.
The EPA can remedy the situation by the sweep of a pen, since they are entirely responsible for implementing the RFS in EISA 2007. Renewable fuel is E85 not gasoline with 10% or 15% ethanol in it. The EPA has been asked by a number of aviation representatives to do so through the waiver comments for E15, including the EAA, Petersen Aviation and individuals, by prohibiting the blending of ethanol in premium unleaded auto gasoline throughout the U.S.
I urge the FAA to protect the "other avgas" as vigorously as it is working to find a solution to the 100 LL conundrum.
cc: Lisa Jackson / EPA administrator
Doug Macnair / EAA VP Govt. Relations
It would be helpful if other pilots would write to these people too, and emphasize the importance of ethanol free gasoline to General Aviation, before it is too late.
Response From The FAA 11/12/2010
I received an answer to my letter to FAA Administrator Babbitt from an assistant named Dorenda D. Baker, Director, Aircraft Certification.
The crux of the letter is don't worry, be happy, the FAA and EPA are working on it:
"The FAA has been coordinating very closely with the EPA on this and other issues relating to aviation fuel. We have advised EPA of our concerns with the use of ethanol as a fuel or fuel additives in aircraft. We will continue this dialogue with the EPA, along with aviation advocacy groups such as the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, regarding the use of ethanol in autogas."
Draw your own conclusions. (My conclusion, we are screwed, they are doing
nothing ... but they are "concerned".)
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