Unless you’ve avoided every aviation magazine or website, you’re no doubt aware of the push by big aviation organizations to address future availability of 100 low-lead avgas. We wish the alphabet groups the best in arranging a replacement fuel or another solution for those operating high performance aircraft. But one solution does not fit all. Why? *** First is the often-quoted statistic that 70-80% of all “legacy” airplanes can use 91-octane and preferably zero ethanol (“E0”) mogas. No question that Light-Sport Aircraft can almost universally use E0 mogas and in fact, Rotax and Jabiru powerplants prefer premium unleaded (the 80-hp Rotax 912 can even use 87-octane satisfactorily for still greater savings). Only a modest percentage of U.S. aircraft must have high octane. • Secondly, 100LL is now more expensive and any replacement will share this quality. Mogas can be $1-2 or more less per gallon. • Thirdly, airplanes like LSA and those many older GA airplanes are not the only ones who can benefit from wider availability of E0 mogas. Aviators are joined by literally millions of owners of vintage cars, motorcycles, boats, and more. That represents a lot of clout when it comes to persuading governments to support the E0 mogas initiative. *** One organization — the Aviation Fuel Club (AFC) — is working hard to shore up support and improve availability. The AFC has a plan. “In January of this year, U-Fuel announced the creation of the Aviation Fuel Club, a grassroots effort to help pilots and airports find affordable fuel options. Two weeks ago we announced our Sport Fuel Program, intended to provide the highest quality ethanol-free autogas for aviation and other applications. Both actions have met with strong resonance among pilots and airports from California to Maine,” announced U-Fuel representative Kent Misegades. “Today we are announcing the third phase in our strategy to lower the cost of flying, the introduction of our new affordable, self-service, ‘Sport Fuel Station.'” *** These seem calculated steps to bring this issue to the forefront while also laboring to do something concrete to provide for E0 mogas. “Since launching the Aviation Fuel Club in late January, pilots, airport and FBO managers, aircraft manufacturers, flying clubs and flight schools across the country have endorsed the concept of a grassroots organization aimed at making sport aviation more affordable through better options in aviation fuel,” reported Kent. Get on their email list to stay informed.
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