How long can Jet A be stored?

Posted on February 6th, 2011 by

Ben Visser is an aviation fuels and lubricants expert who spent 33 years with Shell Oil. He has been a private pilot since 1985. In my last post, How long can fuel be safely stored?, I talked about the storage... Continue Reading →

How long can fuel be safely stored?

Posted on January 9th, 2011 by

Ben Visser is an aviation fuels and lubricants expert who spent 33 years with Shell Oil. He has been a private pilot since 1985. Asking about the storage life of 100LL and auto gas is like asking a doctor, “How... Continue Reading →

Ethanol: A very real danger

Posted on November 30th, 2010 by

Ben Visser is an aviation fuels and lubricants expert who spent 33 years with Shell Oil. In a recent post I discussed the problems with ethanol and water in a plane’s fuel system. I received a large number of replies... Continue Reading →

Unraveling the mysteries of fuel

Posted on October 31st, 2010 by

Ben Visser is an aviation fuels and lubricants expert who spent 33 years with Shell Oil. He has been a private pilot since 1985. Fuel is an item that is very important for the proper operation of our aircraft. Even... Continue Reading →

Why the controversy about unleaded avgas?

Posted on October 27th, 2010 by

Ben Visser is an aviation fuels and lubricants expert who spent 33 years with Shell Oil. He has been a private pilot since 1985. The most common question I get concerning unleaded avgas is, “why all of the controversy?” Continue Reading →

Panic about unleaded avgas runs rampant

Posted on August 24th, 2010 by

A few weeks ago I visited AirVenture in Oshkosh. It was no surprise the hot topic of discussion was unleaded avgas. You will be happy to know that panic and ignorance was running rampant. Continue Reading →

How to prepare for the end of 100LL

Posted on July 19th, 2010 by

How should aircraft owners prepare for the switchover from 100LL to its replacement? In a previous post, I stated that if — or when — 100LL goes away, the only fuel that will be universally available for general aviation will... Continue Reading →

GA’s Catch 22

Posted on June 15th, 2010 by

Why don’t FBOs sell auto fuel? When will unleaded avgas be available — and who will sell it? These questions, and more, abound about aviation’s Catch 22: FBOs will not stock unleaded fuels until the market supports it — and... Continue Reading →

Asking for trouble

Posted on May 12th, 2010 by

In college, one of my favorite courses was internal combustion engines taught by Prof. Groves. One semester, the main topic of the course was the differences between spark ignition (SI) and compression ignition (CI) engines. After taking the final test,... Continue Reading →

The death of Common Sense

Posted on April 29th, 2010 by

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense in general aviation. It will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to not fly into a storm, life isn’t always fair, and maybe... Continue Reading →