Ethanol repeal efforts make progress

Posted on April 30th, 2013 by

Further evidence that consumers demand an ethanol-free alternative has been provided in recent weeks by actions at both state and federal levels. As reported by this blog on Feb. 20, Florida State Representative Matt Gaetz has led an effort to... Continue Reading →

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AERO 2013: A clear signal on fuels

Posted on April 29th, 2013 by

As was the case when I reported from the great AERO Friedrichshafen show last year, judging from the latest generation of engines and aircraft on display this year, Europeans have put the issue of leaded avgas behind them. Once again,... Continue Reading →

More good shale oil news

Posted on March 14th, 2013 by

Despite the recent rise in prices for aviation fuel and what we consumers pay at the gas station, news contained in this recent RIGZONE article paints a sunny picture for increased U.S. reserves and ultimately lower prices. When we might... Continue Reading →

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We’ve hit the wall

Posted on March 10th, 2013 by

Exactly as your bloggers have predicted the past several years, according to industry experts, we’ve finally hit the ethanol blending wall — even if every drop of gasoline produced in the U.S. contained 10% ethanol, the federally-mandated blending quotas cannot... Continue Reading →

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Pilot saves $1,500 annually with mogas

Posted on February 24th, 2013 by

Last June, Cessna 150 owner Mark “Prigs” Priglmeier, president of EAA Chapter 551 in St. Cloud, Minn., estimated that he’d save around $800 annually using mogas. He just sent us the following description of the actual savings from 2012, which... Continue Reading →

SBO adds mogas

Posted on February 21st, 2013 by

Pilots in east-central Georgia have reason to fly more in 2013 since the East Georgia Regional Airport (SBO) in Swainsboro added mogas recently. Continue Reading →

Florida ethanol repeal bill moves forward

Posted on February 20th, 2013 by

From GAfuels reader Drew Hatch of Ft. Walton Beach we learned that HB4001, a bill sponsored by Florida State Representative Matt Gaetz to repeal the state’s ethanol mandates, is moving towards a full debate. Continue Reading →

Consequences and public funding

Posted on February 18th, 2013 by

While reading “Inclined to Liberty” by Louis E. Carabini, it struck me that chapter 29, The Hazard of Equalizing Consequences, describes what one often sees at publicly-funded general aviation airports in my home state of North Carolina. Taj Mahal-like, LEED-certififed... Continue Reading →

Sunset for avgas?

Posted on February 11th, 2013 by

In recent months your bloggers have been contacted by a number of environmental reporters on the issue of leaded aviation fuel, for instance Sarah Zhang of Mother Jones, mentioned in this Jan. 28 posting.  More recently, Rebecca Kessler, a science... Continue Reading →

Innospec news — a shot across the bow?

Posted on February 4th, 2013 by

Early last week my inbox starting filling with breathless news that Innospec, the world’s last producer of Tetraethyllead (TEL), the amazing chemical compound that gives avgas such excellent anti-detonant properties, is planning to end production in 2013. Continue Reading →