Continental affirmed its support for current unleaded fuel alternatives as well as future unleaded fuels that could come through the FAA/industry initiative called Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions (EAGLE) during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 26.
Continental pledged to increase its investment in research and development by 250 percent to focus on current engines that run on avgas and Jet A, “future engine designs and applications, and sustainable/alternative fuels.”
“As the industry searches for a long-term fuel solution, Continental considers 91UL and 94UL fuel as a transitional step in a long-term strategy to reach a more sustainable aviation,” the company said while pledging its support for and participation in the EAGLE initiative to find a single unleaded solution for all engines and aircraft.
“If we want the future generations of aviators to enjoy the beauty of flight, it is imperative that the industry collaboratively evaluate alternatives and identify viable solutions,” David Dörner, Continental vice president of global research and development, said in a press release.
Continental was one of many engine and aircraft manufacturers, aviation associations, and FAA officials attending the “100LL Transition to No Lead, Briefing and Panel” forum on July 25. The groups showed a unified emphasis on a smart, smooth transition to a fleetwide unleaded fuel by 2030, and hundreds of pilots attended to learn more about the process of getting a fuel approved and distributed across the country.