Ben Visser is an aviation fuels and lubricants expert who spent 33 years with Shell Oil. He has been a private pilot since 1985.
I recently received a note from reader Scott Shroyer, who is looking to buy a used Cessna 182 with an auto gas STC. He wants to know if it is worth his time to buy the 182 “in hopes of finding auto gas at an airport to fill it up?”
A lot depends on which state Scott lives in as to the availability of auto gas without ethanol. I then forwarded his question to Todd Petersen of Petersen Aviation, who has sold more than 34,000 mogas STCs worldwide since 1983.
Scott’s question raised several questions in my mind. First, is it worth considering the fuel requirement of an engine in the purchase of an aircraft? I would say that it does at this time.