ALBANY, Ore. – Oregon pilots who attend the Oregon Pilots Association (OPA) Convention, Saturday, August 24 (10 a.m.) will hear first hand about SwiftFuel’s 100SF high-octane unleaded fuel for general aviation. The OPA Convention will be part of the Northwest Art & Air Festival which will be held August 23-25 at the Linn County Expo Center.
“Swift Fuels provides an unleaded avgas without compromised safety,” said Swift Fuels CEO Chris D’Acosta.
Swift Fuel’s 100SF avgas is more energy-dense than leaded avgas, according to Jon Ziulkowski, Vice President of Commercial Operations for Swift Fuels. That means that planes running on 100SF avgas will consume less fuel. “Each gallon will take you up to 15 percent farther,” he said.
Ziulkowski said company representatives have spoken via webinars to individual chapters of the Oregon Pilots Association, but the Art & Air Festival will be their first chance to speak in person to Oregon pilots.
In addition to being lead-free and more energy dense, the new unleaded avgas can be produced either from petroleum, or from bio-fuel components like starches and sugars. Swift Fuels’ majority owner, Rob Broin, has a background in the ethanol and biomass industries, and in addition to their avgas for small planes, the company is experimenting with making renewable jet fuel components.
The Northwest Art & Air festival, where the Swift Fuels presentation takes place, is the Northwest’s premiere aviation festival. Held in Albany from Aug. 23-25, the festival features hot air balloon flights, aviation events, live music and displays by local artists and crafters.