This Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI) would rely on technical expertise from all stakeholders within industry and government. Centralized FAA testing of candidate fuels is essential to support an efficient fleet-wide qualification and certification which is necessary for safety. Although this is just one part early in the process, this investment by FAA will minimize the total cost of transition for both FAA and industry. It also helps overcome significant market barriers which will facilitate industry investments needed toward the development of unleaded avgas and transition of the entire fleet of aircraft.
This is a joint statement from the general aviation industry members of the Avgas Coalition, which includes the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). This group applauds the FAA’s leadership in establishing and participating in the UAT ARC and believes the recommendations are critically important to facilitating a transition to an unleaded avgas that works for the entire fleet. It will give owners and operators added confidence that the industry is on the right path to a solution.
The GA associations will continue to work with the FAA in developing, implementing and funding an unleaded avgas plan that includes the key elements outlined in the ARC’s report which are necessary to facilitate the development and deployment of an unleaded avgas with least impact upon the existing piston-engine aircraft fleet.
The full FAA Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee (UAT-ARC) report which includes specific recommendations and detailed action plans is available from the FAA website at www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/avgas/.
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.
Fuels Program Office will evaluate the viability of candidate fuels and generate the data needed for fleet-wide aircraft certification and development of a commercial fuel specification
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt signed a charter this week establishing an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to advise the agency on moving toward an unleaded piston aviation fuel specification.
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EPA has formally begun the regulatory process required by the Clean Air Act that may ultimately result in standards mandating the industry’s transition to unleaded aviation gasoline (avgas).