Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh, will pilot an aircraft powered by a no-lead fuel developed from biomass and other sources during the 36th annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla., which kicks off today.
Each day of the event, staff from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Green Fleet team, including Lindbergh as a guest pilot, will fly the experimental Piper Seminole using 100SF developed by Swift Enterprises Ltd. When not in the air, the plane will be at an exhibit space shared by Embry-Riddle and Swift Enterprises.
“The future of general aviation is quickly evolving toward alternative aviation fuels,” Lindbergh said. “I’m delighted to be working with Swift Enterprises and Embry-Riddle to help solve the leaded fuel challenge for general aviation.”
SwiftFuel is a near drop-in replacement for 100LL fuel currently used throughout general aviation. It does not use lead, ethanol, toluene or oxygenates, and produces fewer pollutants than 100LL fuel and 15% more volumetric energy than 100LL fuel, according to researchers. Additionally, SwiftFuel does not require any additives or stabilizers.
“Having Embry-Riddle come with us to Sun ‘n Fun, one of the premier air shows in the U.S., brings credibility and attention to what we have been doing to ease the pressure general aviation has been under not only to get rid of leaded fuel but also to reduce the need for crude oil in the U.S.,” said Mary Rusek, president of Swift Enterprises.