Is unleaded avgas coming to an airport near you?

Perhaps you noticed the announcement that Swift Fuels made at AirVenture 2015, which was also carried by General Aviation News. Swift Fuels has begun distributing 94 MON, unleaded aviation fuel to several airports and has begun a program to distribute it throughout the U.S.

Airports currently carrying the new 94 MON unleaded aviation fuel are KAID, 05C and 7I2 in Indiana and KRMY in Michigan. Each airport replaced a mogas distribution except 05C, which added it as a new fuel service.

I’m not going to delve into the cosmic political and business implications of introducing a “low octane” unleaded avgas while the industry is working diligently on trying to find a 100 octane unleaded “drop-in” replacement for 100LL. Rather, I’m going to try to clarify who can use this fuel at the current time, because it is not everyone you might assume. [Read more…]

Swift Fuels launches unleaded avgas

Swift Fuels

Swift Fuels will introduce its unleaded 94 MON avgas at the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 20-26, at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Working with avgas producers and distributors, Swift Fuels is making plans to supply unleaded 94 MON avgas to select regions in the United States and Canada. The premium quality unleaded fuel, tailored for lower-octane piston-engines, is already FAA certified and meets ASTM standards for aviation gasoline, according to company officials.

The fuel will not replace 100LL now sold at airports for high performance aircraft. [Read more…]

The future of fuel

“We have to stop loving the problem and just fix it.” Those words, spoken by Lycoming’s Michael Kraft at the 2010 AirVenture, may sum up best the quest to find an unleaded replacement for 100LL.

Ostensibly, the industry has been working since the early 1990s towards finding a solution, but efforts didn’t really get serious until a few years ago. [Read more…]