Flight enthusiasts and general aviation industry officials will be able to watch an aircraft being powered by a high-octane, unleaded, sustainable fuel during Europe’s largest trade show for general aviation next week (April 13-16).
Officials from Swift Enterprises Ltd., based in the Purdue Research Park in Indiana, will be on hand as a B60 Beechcraft Duke flies with SwiftFuel in one engine and 100LL in the other during the 2011 AERO Friedrichshafen in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
“The B60 Beechcraft Duke is an excellent platform to demonstrate SwiftFuel because the engines require high-octane fuel,” said Mary-Louise Rusek, president of Swift Enterprises. “Many general aviation aircraft demand higher octane levels, which 100LL provides. SwiftFuel can meet those octane needs, and lead emissions are eliminated.”
Along with flying the aircraft up to 30 minutes each day, officials from Swift Enterprises will exhibit their fuel and speak with attendees at a space shared with AEROMARKT, Europe’s largest general aviation magazine. Swift Fuel GmbH, a Swift Enterprises subsidiary that recently was established in Saarbrücken, Germany, is a co-exhibitor.
“By establishing Swift Fuel GmbH in Germany, we look to share the benefits of SwiftFuel with the worldwide general aviation community,” Rusek said. “Company managers Thomas Albuzat and Andreas Penner and their colleagues already have brought great results to Swift Enterprises, including working with Solution Air GmbH to prepare the B60 Beechcraft Duke for the SwiftFuel demonstration at AERO Friedrichshafen.”
Jon Ziulkowski, vice president of renewable fuels at Swift Enterprises, is scheduled to make four presentations with Albuzat during the trade show. The presentations, “Renewable Aviation Fuels and Their Effects on General Aviation in Europe,” will be held 1:30-2:30 p.m. each day in Conference Center East, Room Madrid.
“AERO Friedrichshafen attendees are among the most passionate general aviation enthusiasts in the world,” Ziulkowski said. “They understand the challenges inherent in using 100LL and in developing a potential alternative.”