Key avgas transition report released by U.S. FAA
Wednesday June 27th 2012 - EAA
A U.S. industry-government task force of key stakeholders has presented its recommendations on how best to develop and deploy an unleaded fuel so as to minimize the impact on the existing piston-engine aircraft fleet. The recommendations were included in a report compiled by the Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee (UAT ARC) – a group that included representatives from aircraft and engine manufacturers, fuel producers and distributors, operator groups, aviation associations, the FAA, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The committee said that while the transition to an unleaded fuel that replaces 100LL may still be years away, they were able to chart “a roadmap” identifying the elements that needed to be addressed to make it happen while maintaining safety and minimizing cost.
Key recommendations included a call for the “Fuel Development Roadmap” to be implemented; centralized testing of candidate unleaded fuels at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center; and establishment of an industry-government initiative to coordinate implementation of the recommendations.
The general aviation industry members of the Avgas Coalition, (which includes the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the National Air Transportation Association, and the National Business Aviation Association), issued a press release following the report’s publication in which they praised the FAA's leadership in establishing and participating in the UAT ARC. They said the recommendations were critically important to facilitating a transition to an unleaded avgas that works for the entire fleet and would give owners and operators added confidence that the industry is on the right path to a solution.
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Source: Saskatchewan Aviation Council