Documentation is one of the more common deficiencies — the dealers not keeping the records that they should be keeping on a daily basis. Documentation is an important part of the chain; it gives us a record and if personnel are doing the documentation they’re probably doing the QC checks.
One of the advantages of documentation is if somebody has a complaint and a dealer has an excellent record of documentation, he can produce that evidence. If he has no records there’s always a cloud of suspicion. It’s especially a problem with employee changeover. A new person may not appreciate how important it is; that’s why we try to instill the passion of this business into our system.
Future of Fuels
From Chevron’s Technical Review-aviation fuels, a guidance document for dealers...
"In 1986, the U.S. Environ-mental Protection Agency banned lead
in motor gasoline. Although avgas was not included in the ban, concerns
that the use of lead in avgas would eventually be restricted led the industry
to begin looking for unleaded replacement fuels in the early 1990s.
"As of this writing, no viable fuels (to replace Avgas 100LL) have emerged from this program."
"ASTM recently approved this new (Grade 82UL) specification for a low-octane unleaded avgas, D6227... Grade 82UL is not a replacement for Grade 80; it is intended only for aircraft piston engines specifically developed to use this unleaded avgas."