A technical report has been released about FAA testing performed on an unleaded general aviation fuel developed by Swift Enterprises Ltd.
“The Environmental Protection Agency has required that users of aviation gasoline, known as avgas, substantially reduce their airborne lead emissions,” said Mary-Louise Rusek, co-founder and president of Swift Enterprises. “We are developing our unleaded avgas to be a viable alternative, renewable and sustainable fuel so the general aviation industry is not grounded by these upcoming regulations.”
Swift Enterprises, which is based in the Purdue Research Park, provided 4,500 gallons of fuel for a 150-hour test in a piston aircraft engine manufactured by Lycoming Engines.
Some findings from the tests include:
- Swift fuel demonstrated 13% more energy per gallon than 100 low-lead (100LL) fuel.
- Swift fuel demonstrated normal engine wear as compared to 100LL.
- Swift fuel demonstrated lower fuel system deposits as compared to 100LL.