Cessna piston-powered aircraft, including the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, 182 Skylane, and 206 Turbo Stationair, are now approved to use a more environmentally friendly aviation gasoline.
Owners of Cessna 172s and 182s can use 91-octane unleaded (91UL), 94UL, or 100VLL (very low lead) fuel in their aircraft wherever it is available, according to officials with Cessna’s parent company, Textron Aviation.
The 206 Turbo Stationair HD aircraft is approved for 100VLL.
All three Cessna models are powered by engines manufactured by Lycoming Engines. Lycoming recently approved the use of unleaded and lower-leaded fuels after completion of a series of tests. The fuel is compatible for both new production and legacy Cessna piston aircraft, Textron Aviation officials noted.
Operators can begin to use the alternative fuels once they are compliant with Service Bulletin SEB-28-04 or MEB-28-01.
“Textron Aviation is committed to sustainability, and this announcement is an excellent opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to minimize their carbon footprint while continuing to enjoy the journey of flight,” said Chris Crow, vice president, Piston & Utility Sales. “We have produced more than 75,000 of these three piston aircraft models, and this gives owners and operators around the world a chance to take action in reducing emissions.”