XN Air at Spokane International Airport (GEG) in Washington state, acquired by Ross Aviation earlier this year, has become an Avfuel-branded FBO.
The Aviation Fuel Club is organizing a special event called “Unleaded to Oshkosh” — U2OSH — for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FAA’s approval of the first autogas STC, an effort led in part by EAA founder Paul Poberezny. All pilots flying aircraft to Oshkosh that are capable of operating on autogas will be given special recognition. Awards will be given for the longest distance traveled, oldest/newest aircraft and smallest/largest aircraft flown using lead-free autogas.
The UVair FBO Network, an alliance between EPIC Aviation and the UVair Fuel Program, has revealed its first five member FBOs: Edwards Jet Center in Billings, Mont. (BIL) ; Stevens Aviation in Greer, S.C. (GSP); Ambassador Aviation in Dallas (RBD); Bizjet International in Tulsa, Okla. (TUL); and Million Air Vancouver in Richmond, BC (CYVR).
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.