GAfuels author Dean Billing has been invited to speak this coming Saturday, June 2, on the subject of aviation fuels at Martin Field (S95) near Walla Walla, Wash. Attendees may register online for this FAASTeam event, described as follows:
This week, information regarding the UAT-ARC’s long-anticipated/long-overdue report on a new fuels approval process was leaked to the public. The most astounding revelation is that the committee is calling on taxpayers to spend $60 million more to fund an effort to find a drop-in, lead-free replacement for 100LL, while the industry is expected to chip in another $13 million.
The Transportation Research Board will conduct a webinar June 5 that will feature research conducted by TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) related to aviation fuel options and cost. There is no fee to register for the webinar, but participants must register in advance.
Although it hasn’t released the final report to the public, the FAA’s unleaded avgas transition rulemaking committee (UAT-ARC) is expected to recommend a fuel approvals process stretching out as long as 11 years and will be asking Congress for at least $60 million to fund the project, plus as much as $13 million from the industry, according to a report at AVweb.
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. now offers a line of aviation refueling pumps and meters manufactured by Great Plains Industries, Inc. There are four pumps to choose from based on required fuel flow and voltage, and the pumps are for use with avgas 100LL or JetA.
A couple of years ago I created a website to sell aviation-related items that publicize flying on unleaded auto fuel, or mogas as we call it. One bumper sticker that I created has proven to be prescient, “What You Going To Do When the TEL Runs Out?” That date may be rapidly approaching.
After I wrote about my visit to Swift Fuels, I received several notes asking why it would be so difficult to determine a price for the finished product. I have a good friend who runs an auction company and when I ask him what something is worth, he usually replies, “Whatever someone is willing to pay for it.”
U-Fuel, a supplier of fuel stations to the aviation industry, has completed installation of its first “Box” fuel station at the Atlantic Aviation FBO at the Charleston Executive Airport (JZI), in Charleston, S.C.
Your blogger briefly mentioned the engines on display at AERO Friedrichshafen 2012 in a previous report on April 22. With Europe’s largest general aviation show now two weeks past, I thought it was time to provide a few more details. With the previous two shows having focused great attention on electric propulsion, AERO organizers wisely chose 2012 to showcase advances in piston and turbine engines, and there was a great deal to see indeed.