FFA received 10 applications to replace traditional fuel from manufacturers
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FFA received 10 applications to replace traditional fuel from manufacturers

FFA received 10 applications to replace traditional fuel from manufacturers

 

 

The FFA has launched a program to replace leaded gasoline for aircraft with piston engines with other fuels.

A competition has been announced among fuel manufacturers to develop the highest quality unleaded gasoline for aircraft engines.

FFA received 10 applications for conventional fuel replacement from global manufacturers, including Afton Chemical Company, Avgas LLC, Shell, Swift and a consortium of BP, Total and Hjelmco.

Civil aviation organizations, petroleum companies and the FAA are working together to accelerate this challenge to ensure that consumers have access to sustainable aviation fuels. A number of public and government organizations, such as AOPA, FFA, PAFI, American Petroleum Institute, the National Air Transport Operations Association and the National Commercial Aviation Association, are trying to develop a common line of conduct for all participants in this process - aviation gasoline producers, consumers and regulatory authorities with mandatory condition for improving the environmental situation in the United States.

 

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The FFA has begun to examine applications received, taking into account fuel quality, production volumes, infrastructure availability, environmental regulations, fuel toxicity and price to ensure product availability to consumers.

The most promising fuels will be selected for testing at the Hughes Technical Center laboratory in early September 2014. Fuel developers must provide 400 gallons of fuel each for the first phase of testing. Fuel types that have passed the first stage of testing will be admitted to the second phase, which consists of full-scale tests directly on aircraft engines. To this end, fuel suppliers will supply a second batch of 10000 gallons each. Experts will check the standard properties and characteristics of the fuel with the provision of certification data. On the basis of which applications will be considered and the final decision will be made.

The United States Congress fully supports this multi-year program to establish standards for a new fuel - unleaded gasoline for aircraft piston engines, with the final transition of the entire aircraft fleet to the new standard by 2018. $ 6 million is allocated annually to carry out all types of work under this program.

 

refueling aircraft

According to an international organization, about 167000 people in the United States own aircraft powered by gasoline engines. This is the only mode of transport that uses leaded gasoline as fuel, which has the addition of tetraethyl lead (TEL), which is required to create high octane gasoline.

The ongoing programs, with the participation of all interested parties, should solve this problem with an obligatory result - improvement of the ecological situation in the country.

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