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Briefing August 2013 Issue

Briefing: August 2013

FAA Ready To Test New GA Fuels

For years, the general-aviation community has worried over how to replace 100LL. Finally, in June the FAA announced that it wants to see proposals for new fuels and will start a process to test them. The traditional leaded fuel is under attack from the Environmental Protection Agency and others worried about the toxins released into the atmosphere when it combusts. Plus, the sources for the fuel are considered uncertain, especially as the demand falls year by year. The FAA asked fuel producers to submit data for evaluation by July 1, 2014, and by September, 2014, the agency will select up to 10 candidates for testing. The second phase of testing will take up to five years. The FAA says it may not be “technically feasible” to find a true drop-in replacement for 100LL that will work fleet-wide. GA advocates, however, welcomed the start of a process that promises to keep the search moving forward.

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