A new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine calls on the FAA and the aviation industry to continue to work toward reducing lead emissions from avgas-powered aircraft. AOPA welcomes innovation in the manufacturing of the next generation of aircraft and the development of new alternative fuels and new power sources, while ensuring a seamless transition for legacy aircraft.
“It is an exciting time for general aviation and as the industry continues to move toward implementing and embracing these new technologies, they will most certainly bring advancements to both aircraft performance and our environment,” said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Murray Huling. “Clearly, balancing the needs of the current fleet will be very important as new materials, designs, and fuel come online. The hundreds of thousands of aircraft in today’s general aviation fleet provide valuable services to communities across the country, and we must ensure that is not interrupted. We will continue to help the industry make the most of new technologies, and showcase the ways in which manufacturers are moving concepts to reality.”
“Gasoline-powered, piston-engine aircraft perform critical societal functions, including medical airlifts, aerial firefighting, business transport, crop dusting, pilot training, and search and rescue,” according to the report. “They are also commonly used for personal and recreational flying, and are critical for meeting transportation needs in rural and remote regions.”
AOPA has long been a strong backer of emerging technologies and alternative fuels to help make aviation greener. Our efforts have centered on several key initiatives, which have resulted in significant accomplishments for aviation and the environment.