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What’s in your hangar?

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

For more than 25 years, the FAA has taken the position that hangars at federally funded airports should be reserved for aeronautical use.

FAA names Crown to support unleaded fuel tests

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

A consulting firm that specializes in helping the FAA and NASA manage research will help develop an unleaded fuel for the general aviation fleet.

AOPA hosts fuels presentation at NASAO conference

Advocacy | Sep 11, 2014

State and local aviation officials recently learned about the latest efforts to transition from 100LL avgas to an unleaded fuel and got an update on the initiative to reform third class medical certification.

FAA selects four unleaded fuels for testing

Advocacy | Sep 08, 2014

The FAA has selected four unleaded aviation fuels to undergo initial testing at the agency's William J. Hughes Technical Center. Two fuels developed by Swift Fuels and one fuel each developed by Shell and TOTAL will undergo laboratory and rig testing beginning this fall and concluding in fall 2015.

Briefing: Dusty flies again

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

The action may be animated, but the production team behind Disney’s new film Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, sequel to the 2013 animated feature Planes, strove to keep every detail as realistic as possible.

President's Position: One step closer to reality

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

We’ve been talking about the need to find an unleaded replacement for avgas since the United States began phasing out leaded fuels in the early 1970s.

Avgas replacement: It’s not just about octane

Article | Jul 31, 2014

After testing more than 3,000 formulas over a 10-year period, Shell Aviation submitted its candidate fuel to the FAA for consideration as a fleet-wide, unleaded avgas replacement in July.

AOPA Live This Week - July 17, 2014

Video | Jul 18, 2014

New midget personal jet from Sonex flies, even does aerobatics on its first flight. Time is getting close to award the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair; see how your airplane looks over the Big Apple. We have an update on the search for a replacement for 100LL, and it’s good news. And we take a look at the army of green shirts that help make the AOPA Regional Fly-Ins possible.

FAA TO BEGIN EVALUATION OF UNLEADED FUEL CANDIDATES

News release | Jul 10, 2014

The search for viable replacements to leaded avgas is moving to the next stage as the FAA prepares to begin evaluating fuels submitted for testing through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI). July 1 marked the deadline for candidate fuels to be submitted into this program.

Nine fuels vie to replace leaded avgas

Advocacy | Jul 10, 2014

The FAA has accepted nine fuels to be evaluated as potential replacements to avgas, marking a milestone in the search for an unleaded GA fuel.

Emissions tested in flight

Article | May 14, 2014

It is a mission not every pilot would relish: Deliberately fly into the wake turbulence of a DC-8.

Lindbergh backs innovation

Article | Mar 26, 2014

The grandson of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh plans to re-create their 1931 seaplane journey to China, demonstrating green technology along the way.

Waypoints: Toward an unleaded fuel

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

Shell Aviation’s December announcement that it is entering an unleaded avgas for FAA testing was perhaps the biggest general aviation news of 2013.

GA leaders seek funding for avgas replacement certification

Article | Dec 24, 2013

GA leaders ask House and Senate appropriations subcommittee leaders to fund programs that will keep efforts to find alternatives to leaded avgas moving forward.

Shell reveals unleaded avgas

Article | Dec 03, 2013

Shell announced Dec. 3 the development of an unleaded aviation fuel that will be submitted for certification as a "performance drop-in" avgas replacement.

Swift Fuels gains ASTM approval

Article | Nov 11, 2013

An Indiana company has secured ASTM approval for a high-octane and unleaded formula that could replace 100 LL.

Swift unleaded avgas passes another test

Article | Sep 26, 2013

An unleaded gasoline that has passed every test in aircraft engines to date is closing in on production.

AOPA shares GA perspective as Calif. lawmakers study 100LL

Article | Sep 26, 2013

California lawmakers investigating leaded avgas heard from AOPA about the importance of keeping the fuel available and supporting efforts to find a safe, viable alternative.

Piper flies Archer on unleaded fuel

Article | Sep 11, 2013

Piper celebrated a round trip to Oshkosh, Wis., on unleaded fuel, though the fuel remains elusive. The company arranged special deliveries along the route.

Lycoming in pursuit of unleaded options

Article | Jul 31, 2013

Lycoming CEO Michael Kraft said the long-debated transition to unleaded general aviation fuel will ultimately benefit the industry, owners, and pilots.

GA community works to replace 100LL

Article | Jun 20, 2013

AOPA and the GA community are committed to an unleaded future and have engaged in a program with the FAA to transition the industry to an unleaded avgas with the least impact on the existing fleet.

FAA solicits fuels in search of unleaded avgas

Article | Jun 10, 2013

The General Aviation Avgas Coalition praised the FAA’s announcement June 10 to formally request sample unleaded fuels for testing as possible replacements to the 100LL aviation gasoline that GA aircraft use today.

GA Avgas Coalition Praises FAA’s Announcement To Solicit Candidate Fuels In Search Of An Unleaded Avgas

News release | Jun 10, 2013

The General Aviation Avgas Coalition praised the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement today to formally request sample unleaded fuels for testing as possible replacements to the 100 low-lead (100LL) aviation gasoline (avgas) that general aviation aircraft use today.

Phoenix company plans to offer aviation autogas

Article | May 23, 2013

Phoenix-based Airworthy AutoGas has announced plans to produce and distribute a high-purity, low vapor pressure, ethanol-free, 93AKI, premium unleaded auto gasoline this fall.

Superior Air Parts engines to power V-Twin kitplane

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Velocity Aircraft of Sebastian, Fla., will offer builders of its pusher prop and canard-equipped V-Twin kitplane a choice of 160-horsepower or 180-hp engines by Superior Air Parts for their aircraft, the two companies said in a news release. John Abraham, Velocity’s chief pilot, said experience gained by builders and pilots of Velocity’s single-engine kitplane models instilled confidence about Superior’s powerplants, “and we felt like their performance, reliability and affordability made them the ideal match for the V-Twin.” Builders of the V-Twin can select either Superior’s 160-hp XP 320 or 180-hp XP 360 engines for their aircraft.