If you are concerned about the future of ethanol free mogas, you have about one year left to do something about it. Ethanol is spreading into all of the gasoline in the U.S. because of the unintended consequences of a federal RFS mandate in EISA 2007 that was supposed to spur E85 production and distribution and demand for flex-fuel cars, but it hasn't worked partly because of the economy. However, there is a table of ethanol production in the act that requires blending of ever increasing amounts into gasoline each year until 2022. Next year the table requires almost 14 billion gallons of ethanol to be blended. The gasoline producers have no choice, they blend or they face stiff fines. Since about 138 billion gallons of gasoline are produced in the U.S. now, the amount of ethanol demanded by the law will take every drop of gasoline in the U.S. E10 by the end of next year or 2012 at the latest. If you want more information about the law and the problems it is causing, see: www.e0pc.com
I have written the following letter to FAA administrator Babbitt and EPA administrator Jackson to do something about this before it is too late and there is no ethanol free gasoline for aviation.
9 October 2010
Mr. Randy Babbitt
FAA National Headquarters
800 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20591
Dear Administrator Babbitt:
I know that the FAA is working diligently with the EPA and the General Aviation
Avgas Coalition to find a solution to the impending demise of 100 LL avgas.
Can you tell me what the FAA and EPA are doing to insure that the other
approved avgas will survive? It is facing a similar demise. Unleaded auto
gasoline made to ASTM D4814 without ethanol is an approved aviation
fuel. It has FAA approval through the STC process for more than 60,000 aircraft
and is the recommended fuel for virtually 100% of the new Light Sport Aircraft.
Because of the unintended consequences of the federal RFS mandate in EISA
2007 ethanol free unleaded auto gasoline is disappearing. It has already
disappeared in the Northeast and California.
The EPA can remedy the situation by the sweep of a pen, since they are
entirely responsible for implementing the RFS in EISA 2007. Renewable fuel
is E85 not gasoline with 10% or 15% ethanol in it. The EPA has been asked
by a number of aviation representatives to do so through the waiver comments
for E15, including the EAA, Petersen Aviation and individuals, by prohibiting
the blending of ethanol in premium unleaded auto gasoline throughout the
I urge the FAA to protect the "other avgas" as vigorously as it is working
to find a solution to the 100 LL conundrum.
cc: Lisa Jackson / EPA administrator
Doug Macnair / EAA VP Govt. Relations
If you are a pilot and EAA member that is concerned about the future of ethanol free mogas for your ultralight, I would urge you to contact the administrators, and copy Doug Macnair here at EAA.