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Canada airports report avgas shortageCanada airports report avgas shortage

Editor's note: This article was updated Feb. 16 to include new information.

AOPA has confirmed reports of 100LL aviation fuel being unavailable at a number of airports in Canada in connection with a quality-control problem affecting fuel from the only refinery in the country that produces the fuel used by most general aviation aircraft.

Photo by Chris Rose.

Pilots are urged to check notices to airmen to verify the fuel’s availability at their Canadian destinations before departure.

On Feb. 16 a Canadian national notam advised, “POTENTIAL QUALITY ISSUE OF FUEL 100LL (JET A NOT AFFECTED) DISTRIBUTED BY IMPERIAL OIL (EXTENT UNKNOWN) VERIFY LOCALLY FOR AVBL.”

According to the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, Imperial Oil, the sole Canadian producer of avgas for the Canadian market, reported on Feb. 15 that a quality-control issue concerning the conductivity of the fuel had been discovered on Feb. 13. The producer advised any distributors who received fuel after Dec. 28, 2017, to discontinue sales.

Other Canadian airports were cautioned to test their fuel, regardless of the last fuel shipment’s delivery date. Canada’s aviation fuel is produced by Imperial’s Strathcona refinery in Edmonton, Alberta.

According to Nav Canada’s Flight Information Centre in London, Ontario, notams had been posted Feb. 15 for several airports advising “FUEL 100LL NOT AVBL.”

Imperial Oil was expected to issue an update on the status of fuel production on Feb. 16 or Feb. 19, COPA said.

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz

Associate Editor Web
Associate Editor Web Dan Namowitz has been writing for AOPA in a variety of capacities since 1991. He has been a flight instructor since 1990 and is a 30-year AOPA member.
Topics: Advocacy, Avgas, Flight Planning

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