The GAfuels Blog is written by two private pilots concerned about the future availability of fuels for piston-engine aircraft: Dean Billing, Sisters, Ore., an expert on autogas and ethanol, and Kent Misegades, Cary, N.C., an aerospace engineer and aviation journalist.
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “Ethanol on the Run”, a broad bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has formed to end subsidies and other forms of support for ethanol. Could this be the beginning of the end of the mandated use of ethanol in our fuels, and with it a greater supply of ethanol-free fuel, sorely needed in aviation as a low-cost alternative to leaded avgas?
While such a prediction is probably premature, clearly the honeymoon for this once-ballyhooed “green” fuel is over. Judging from the continued growth signatures on our petition to ban ethanol in Premium (91 AKI) gasoline, citizens from all walks of life agree that it’s time to get the ethanol out of at least one grade of fuel.
If you have not already, we suggest you contact your state representative, educate him or her on the negative impact of ethanol on aviation (and other fields), and urge a ban on ethanol’s use in Premium gas in your state. Do the same with members of the General Aviation Caucuses in the House and Senate from your state.
Ethanol is on the run — help us accelerate its removal from Premium gas and provide aviation with an affordable alternative to leaded avgas.