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 →

Maine seeks ethanol reprieve

Posted on January 29th, 2013 by

We recently learned of a renewed effort by the Maine State Legislature to reduce or eliminate altogether the blending of ethanol in gasoline. Continue Reading →

Mother Jones reports on leaded avgas

Posted on January 28th, 2013 by

One of the positive aspects of dealing with aviation fuels is that concerns are politically bi-partisan among pilots, the media and even among elected officials. A recent example of this is an article on leaded aviation fuel written by Sarah... Continue Reading →

Aviation fuel and the 70/30 mantra

Posted on January 24th, 2013 by

Over the past few years, a debate has raged over the best way to reduce our dependence on avgas in North America, one of the last places on the planet where leaded fuels remain in use. There are two “camps”... Continue Reading →

Predictions: Aviation fuel in 2013

Posted on January 2nd, 2013 by

Early January is a time to review what transpired in the past year and make plans for the coming one. Fuel being consistently named by aircraft owners as their number one concern, it’s appropriate to review trends in recent years... Continue Reading →

E95 adds mogas

Posted on January 2nd, 2013 by

Ron Wiener, a Cessna 182 owner from Tucson, recently reported to us that the Benson Municipal Airport (E95) in southeastern Arizona now has 88.5 AKI mogas for sale. Continue Reading →

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What fuel does Santa burn?

Posted on December 23rd, 2012 by

As Christmas approaches, we wondered what fuel Santa Claus will be using this year? With the average price of avgas having risen from $1.81 in December 2008 to nearly $6 in December 2012, the nice folks up on the North... Continue Reading →

GAFuels: Pure-Gas soars through 6,000, ethanol production drops

Posted on December 18th, 2012 by

The Christmas shopping season provides us with clear evidence that consumers prefer choices, and businesses respond accordingly. Recent news shows that fuel sales are no different. Continue Reading →

Aviation fuel problems — they do happen

Posted on December 13th, 2012 by

How often are we told that aviation fuels are superior to other fuels as they must meet one common, exacting worldwide standard, are produced with more stringent controls, are transported, stored, filtered and dispensed from dedicated equipment? Given these tough requirements,... Continue Reading →