Avgas concerns take center stage at OSH

FAA Administrator has a message for GA pilots: He is “keenly” aware of our concerns about avgas.

“I can assure you we have a good relationship with the EPA,” he told an AirVenture crowd in Oshkosh Thursday. “We both have roles to play, but it’s important for you to know that we are just beginning to look at the process.” In April the EPA released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making seeking comments on phasing out 100LL. Since then, there’s been a lot of discussions within the GA industry about possible replacements for the leaded fuel.

Babbitt, who met during Oshkosh with the GA Avgas Coalition, noted the “community is committed to finding a solution to bring this to a successful conclusion so there will be no interruption in the supply.”

“We all recognize that aviation is not unique — that we have an environmental responsibility,” he continued, adding that GA has a “very solid commitment from the FAA to find a solution.”

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