Soloy Aviation Solutions, along with its engine manufacturing partner SMA, unveiled a Cessna 182 featuring the new SMA SR305-230E compression ignition engine burning Jet-A at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 — after it flew non-stop to Oshkosh from Olympia, Wash., a 1,485 nm journey.
From my Feb. 23 column “Fuels: What to expect in 2017,” I received a number of responses, both positive and negative. I appreciate readers taking time to write back, even if they disagree with what I wrote.
The two areas I would like to address are the belief that all 100 lean rating fuels are equal and that exhaust valve recession is a myth. [Read more…]
Reading Ben Visser’s blog, More questions about ethanol, reminded me that December is the month the EPA is supposed to set the ethanol quotas for the next year.
For the first time in several years, the EPA has published the quotas in accordance with the schedule set in the law EISA 2007. The EPA Final Renewable Fuel Standards for 2017 can be found here at the EPA website.
Suffice it to say, the upbeat tone of the announcement masks the serious problems with mandating ethanol blending into the nation’s auto gasoline supply. [Read more…]
Almost every month I receive a question or two about auto gas with ethanol. The questions usually center on whether it can be used in aircraft and if not, why not.
The answer I give is almost always: “ No because of technical and/or legal reasons.” [Read more…]
On April 17, 2015, a Cessna 421B pilot was forced to land on a highway, when first the left engine, then the right, lost all power during climb-out from Angelina County Airport (KLFK) in Lufkin, Texas.
According to the NTSB report, the plane was “substantially damaged,” while one person sustained serious injuries and two others sustained minor injuries.
When the pilot got out of the plane on the highway, he could smell Jet A fuel.
The problem? When he asked the FBO to top off the tip tanks, he meant with 100LL. [Read more…]
There is a classic quote: “Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated.”
Although this blog is weeks after Oshkosh, any rumor that I wasn’t in attendance is greatly exaggerated. Granted, I drove from Oregon to Wisconsin, but I did actually attend and I can put a couple of rumors to rest.
When I arrived on the first day of the event, rumors were swirling that mogas was available for transient aircraft.
At most of my seminars, there is always a discussion about water in fuel, where it comes from and what steps need to be taken to guard against any problems because of it.
So, where does the water come from? Most of it comes from condensation. [Read more…]