There is a surprising gem among the results of the AVweb Avgas Survey published on Oct. 6. This statement really caught my attention: “Nearly two thirds of respondents told us they think AOPA and EAA should get more involved in trying to get mogas on more airports.”
Five years ago, Barry DiSimone and I wrote an “Aviation Mogas Proposal” where we pointed out, “We need to get everyone in aviation, especially the alphabet groups, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), USUA, etc., to get behind a program to encourage airports to make mogas service widely available.”
You can read the entire proposal and the reason for it at this link. We sent it to the EAA and the AOPA. It obviously had no effect whatsoever.
Hopefully surveys like this will have more impact on the aviation alphabets, because it’s doubtful we have another five years to ensure mogas availability for aviation, especially considering that the FAA and EPA don’t seem to know that ethanol-free auto fuel is an approved aviation fuel and they appear to have no interest in ensuring its availability in the face of the unintended consequences of the federal RFS mandate in EISA 2007.Contributed by Dean Billing