A new fuel takes flight

On Dec. 17, 2007, the United States Air Force flew a C-17 Globemaster III from McChord Air Force Base in Washington to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on a 50/50 blend of synthetic fuel and JP-8, a traditional hydrocarbon jet fuel.

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Herb Poitz : You may not know his name, but he changed the way we fly

I have been asked many times at air shows if I was the original developer of Aeroshell W oils.

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Own a certified airplane? Just say no to ethanol

In my Nov. 23 column, “”What effect does ethanol have on airplanes?””, I tried to answer the question of what to do if you end up accidentally getting some auto gas that contains ethanol in your airplane. I had intended this to be information for people who tried to use non-ethanol containing auto gas, but unintentionally got fuel with ethanol.

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Oregon legislature compromises GA safety with new ethanol law

I believe it was Mark Twain who once said that nothing is safe when the legislature is in session.

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What effect does ethanol have on airplanes?

“”What is the effect of having mixed 10% ethanol with avgas and/or ethanol-free mogas on two or three occasions?”” asks reader Ken Rice. “”The place where I bought ethanol-free mogas lied to us about the change to 10% ethanol. I only found out about it when I asked the tanker driver.””

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Understanding octane

The most interesting and least understood part of a fuel’s properties is the octane quality or number.

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The difference between 100/130 and 100LL

Some readers, including Noel Dennis, were confused when I made the statement in a recent column that 100LL is actually 100/130 (The definition of insanity: Finding a solution for 100LL requires looking at the facts, Sept. 7 issue).

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Stump the expert

Own an antique engine?

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There are no simple answers to complex problems: And no magic pill for unleaded avgas

In my last column I berated the author of a letter to the editor about a simple solution to the unleaded fuel crisis (The definition of insanity, Sept. 7 issue).

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The definition of insanity: Finding a solution for 100LL requires looking at the facts

In the Aug. 10 issue of GANews there was a letter to the editor in response to my article on unleaded avgas and the insanity of developing a marketable product (Unleaded avgas: You’d have to be insane to try to develop it, June 6 issue). The letter stated “”What’s to develop? Leave out the lead and 100LL automatically becomes 95UL. Since virtually the entire GA fleet is already technically capable of running on 93-octane car gas, why would that be insane?””

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