July 4, 2008
Gasoline sold for use in aircraft will be exempt from an ethanol blending requirement under a new initiative signed by Gov. Charlie Crist on June 25. Under H.B.7135, auto gasoline must be blended with 10 percent ethanol by 2010. The measure does allow exceptions for fuel sold for use in aircraft but does not guarantee the availability of unblended fuel. While blended fuel is harmless to cars, it can cause problems with aircraft fuel bladders, seals, and engines.
Aircraft Power and Fuel,
Fourteen hours and four minutes after departing Cincinnati, Solar Impulse landed at Washington Dulles International Airport. The aircraft landed at 12:15 a.m. Eastern June 16.
Connecticut lawmakers have voted to recognize Gustave Whitehead as the first pilot to achieve powered flight. The bill awaits the governor’s signature, and marks the latest round in a newly revived debate.
Waco Classic Aircraft Corp. officially unveiled the first conforming new production Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, an aerobatic biplane.