Our Aviation Life is under heavy attack from several directions yet we seldom see that in big letters on the covers of our Aviation Magazines,
which puzzles me very much.
Our Car-fuels are being poisoned with Alcohol, extremely dangerous for GA! The EPA and the Enviro-Taliban want to kill our 100LL AVgas ! -yet we don't see it on the headlines... -Too many pilots are unaware of this, and most who are believe Alcohol is just fine if you have new fuel lines (it ain't, but more on that later). Also they believe there are STC's for carfuel-use for many planes, and those STC's are in reality meant to be used with Blended Fuel in order to have some Lead around to keep Valves and Valve-Guides and V-Seats happy. TCM said in their great tech-advise-manual their engines may die in 10 hours if flown on carfuel. Their Valve-system doesn't like un-lead'ed. Lycoming said Turbocharged and high-compression engines cant be run on even 94UL ...
IN SHORT: Our fuel is under HEAVY ATTACK from both Sides, and without fuel, we will not care about USER FEES and all those other solved or "at least under control for now" issues !!!
The USA has a "no child left behind" programme in schools, but the EAA and AOPA seem to be willing to leave behind those planes that fly by far the most flighthours in the whole fleet. WHAT WILL BECOME OF GA THEN?? We cannot afford to loose those reasonably priced old Nice used airplanes and engines! THE LSA-fleet is of too limited usefulness, and they are way too expensive for what they do.
Most people don't even know that 100LL AVGAS is NOT the same Octane rating as the 100AKI carfuel like shell V-power!
One is AKI, the other is Octane! The 100AKI shell-V-power or others are more like 91Octane Aircraft fuel (over my thumb).... WE NEED TO EDUCATE about this! The Valves-need-lead-issue is BEING SWEPT UNDER THE RUG in all the unleaded transition fuel stories !!! WHY IS THAT?? So not to scare anybody??
I have seen GA die in Europe, I have seen the Environmentalists relentlessly kill off airport after airport, every time a compromise is done GA is loosing. In Germany they are even lobbying against Glider-airports! If we keep compromising with the anti GA agenda we will soon cease to exist or GA will be reduced to a Hobby for the Ultra rich only, like it already is in many countries, due to Government rules and the activities of special interest groups that are opposing our life.
In my mind, as licenced pilots, we have a RIGHT TO FLY. This has to be defended, against bogus science as well as against special interest Groups, be it enviro-Taliban or the "we want to have 20% alcohol in the carfuel MANDATED-so we can keep our company profit up"....
I see myself as a Lifetime member of the EAA and AOPA, but if the fuel affairs continue as they do I guess I may as well give that up...
Have been to Oshkosh, That was the greatest even ever! I really like EAA as the best organisation I know, and I think the "young Eagles" is the best program ever! I flew them myself. Have spend every spare hour in my life in GA-education and experience, spend all my money in flying time and planes. I joined EAA many years ago because I hope you can prevent what goes on in many countries that I have flown in. I sure do appreciate all the good work that was put in for the many issues that have been fought, mostly with a lot of measure-able success.
I think a huge mistake is being made if the fight for the fuel is not ALL-out. - There is no outrage now, but can you imagine the howl of us who will have useless planes after it actually happens??
Apart from all this, here in Alaska all of Rural AK and even the tourism industry depends on the 100LL burning planes. We have hundreds of Villages with No Access to the nations road system!
We have taken matters in our own hands, see:
P.S.: I believe our
also contains valuable technical information.
Aviation groups band together to fight leaded fuel ban
Piston engine aircraft deliver much of rural Alaska's cargo and are fueled by AvGas. (Rich Jordan/KTUU-DT)
Many in the aviation industry in Alaska are banding together to fight a proposed ban of the leaded fuel. (Rich Jordan/KTUU-DT)
Rep. Don Young recently spoke about the matter at a luncheon, emphasizing the importance of aviation in Alaska. (File/KTUU-DT)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A group of Alaska pilots are banding together to take on the federal government.
They say a new rule on what type of gas they can use would put many of them out of business.
Many cargo airlines in the state use what's called AvGas, which is a fuel used by older, propeller-driven planes.
The EPA says it's a problem because AvGas contains lead.
On a busy Wednesday at Everts Air Cargo in Anchorage a World War II-era C-46 is headed for Aniak, fully loaded with goods.
The Everts fleet is like an aviation museum of history, but the company says no other aircraft -- not jets or more modern turbo props -- can handle the gravel runways of rural Alaska.
"The majority of villages in Alaska are serviced by piston engine aircraft, the radial engine aircraft," said Susan Hoshaw with Everts.
Those aircraft are dependent on AvGas, which is now under the scrutiny of the federal government.
The Environmental Protection Agency is in the initial stages of creating a rule that would outlaw the fuel.
The agency and environmental groups supporting the ban say lead emissions are harmful and have been shown to cause cancer.
Cars have been using unleaded gas for years, but airplanes are a different story.
"To our knowledge and from our experience, those aircraft will not be able to operate with an unleaded fuel. There's nothing available out there that we are aware of," said Paul Mills with Aero Recip Alaska, a piston engine overhaul shop.
The Alaska Air Carriers Association has formed an AvGas work group.
Pilots, mechanics and other stakeholders are meeting to lay out a plan of attack, and Alaska's Congressional delegation -- speaking at a lunch earlier this week -- says it's aware of the issue and may soon take legislative action.
"We don't have roads. We can't deliver; we can't take medical people out by road or highway. We have to do it by air," Rep. Don Young said at the lunch.
"Are we being alarmist? Are we overreacting? I don't know that we are," Mills said.
Everts says planes like these could easily fly for another 25 years, but the federal government might have the final say.
The groups opposed to this potential ban on AvGas are asking the EPA to extend a 60-day comment period so they can gather their thoughts and present a reasonable argument.