The FAA this week named the organizations that will have seats on its unleaded avgas transition aviation rulemaking committee (ARC), which is tasked to investigate the current issues relating to the transition to an unleaded fuel, and recommend the tasks necessary to investigate and resolve these issues.
Five members of the General Aviation Avgas Coalition will serve on the ARC, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the American Petroleum Institute, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and the National Air Transportation Association. The Clean 100 Coalition, representing users of aircraft with high compression engines, will have a seat. Cessna, Cirrus, Teledyne Continental, and Lycoming will represent airframe and engine manufacturers. Shell, ExxonMobil, General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI), and Swift fuels will represent refiners and alternative fuel developers. The Environmental Protection Agency, the FAA’s Emissions Division of the Office of Environment and Energy, and the Friends of the Earth will represent environmental interests.
“The chartering of the rulemaking committee and naming of its members is clear evidence that the FAA is stepping into a leadership role on the issue – a role that is vital if we’re going to succeed in finding an unleaded alternative,” said Rob Hackman, AOPA’s vice president of regulatory affairs and liaison to the GA Avgas Coalition. “The agency will have to certify current and future aircraft engines to operate on any new fuel and has pulled together a group that can identify the issues that need to be addressed, from production to distribution to operations to environmental impact.”
The ARC is expected to issue a report by the end of July that provides recommendations for a collaborative industry-government initiative to “facilitate the development and deployment of an unleaded avgas with the least impact on the existing piston-engine aircraft fleet.”
The head of the FAA’s Engine and Propeller Directorate has the option to extend the charter by an additional six months.
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