The FAA has given the nod to UL100E, the unleaded aviation field for piston-engine aircraft developed by LyondellBasell Industries/VP Racing, to advance to full-scale engine and flight testing.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given a $776,636 grant to the California Department of Public Health that will “provide technical assistance to general aviation airports in California in disadvantaged communities to support the transition from leaded aviation gasoline (avgas) to unleaded avgas.”
FBOs are launching specials for pilots flying to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023, from discounts on fuel to complimentary food and camping.
Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County (KRHV), Watsonville Municipal Airport (KWVI), and Meadows Field Airport (KBFL) in Bakersfield will be the first airports in the country to offer GAMI’s lead-free 100 octane FAA-approved avgas known as G100UL.
General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI) has opened its online G100UL STC store.
Continental has applied to the FAA to use unleaded aviation gasoline in more than 100 engine models, including select O-200s, IO-360s, O-470s, and IO-470s. As the industry searches for a long-term fuel solution, Continental considers 91UL and 94UL fuel as a transitional step in a long-term strategy to reach a more sustainable aviation, company officials said.
“The lack of 100LL fuel at Reid-Hillview has already had a negative impact on humanitarian flights because aircraft are now unable to refuel at the airport.”
The hunt for an unleaded replacement for 100LL began in earnest in March 2022 with the first meeting of the Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions (EAGLE) initiative, which brought federal regulators, the oil industry, the aviation industry, and more together to find a solution for the entire general aviation piston aircraft fleet.
An Oct. 28, 2021, Approved Model List includes an additional 611 engines approved to use GAMI’s new unleaded avgas.