WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More than 100 people attended an event Friday, Sept. 13, to unveil two facilities that could bolster the process to commercialize an unleaded high-octane aviation gasoline called 100SF.
Mark Ellery doesn’t understand why aircraft owners “want to purchase fuel at a higher cost” than what he pays for the autogas that fuels his Citabria.
“What I don’t understand is, given the imminent demise of 100LL, and given that autogas is suitable for use, and has been approved for use for over 30 years now, why on earth is all of the focus on identifying and certifying one fuel, 100UL, which, at the end of the day, really only serves 20% of the GA fleet? That sounds like the tail wagging the dog to me.”
Pilots touching down recently to refuel in Indiana have seen a major change in fuel prices. The aviation fuel sales tax of 60 cents per gallon has been replaced by an aviation fuel excise tax of 10 cents per gallon.
The Indiana General Assembly passed a law that established the new fuel excise tax, which went into effect July 1. As a result, pilots fueling at any of Indiana’s 100 public-use airports can expect to save a 50 cents per gallon as compared to before July 1, according to officials with the Indiana Department of Revenue.
Your bloggers have frequently reported that our country is now the largest producer of natural gas. We’re a net exporter of refined gasoline and it’s estimated that we will be the world’s largest producer of crude oil by 2020. As a result of the ongoing economic malaise and the continued improvement of gas mileage (primarily a consequence of high fuel prices, not government fiat), fuel consumption has dropped dramatically over the past decade. Economics 101 tells us that as production increases, and consumption drops, surpluses are created, driving prices down. This is true, however, only in a free market free of government meddling.
Pilots in the Pacific Northwest are enjoying lower-cost fuel and reduced lead problems ever since Arlington Flight Services at the Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) added aviation-grade, 92 AKI mogas earlier this month. As many know, this airport hosts the annual Arlington Fly-In each July, one of the largest sport aviation events in the country. The availability of mogas at next year’s event is sure to encourage more to attend.
OSHKOSH — Pilots from Purdue University will fly the university’s Embraer Phenom 100 jet to AirVenture on Friday, Aug. 2, powered in part by a biofuel. One of the jet’s twin Pratt & Whitney engines will be filled with conventional jet aviation fuel, while the other will contain a biofuel blend prepared by the U.S. Air Force.