Piper Cherokee Six

Piper Cherokee Six
These aircraft MUST use 100 Octane Low Lead fuel

Monday, May 24, 2010

AVWEB offers survey

Anyone interested there is a survey on the AVweb web site. Please take the survey and comment about what you see missing here for Alaskan pilots and their aircraft. http://www.avweb.com/blogs/insider/AVwebInsider_Fuelsurvey_202569-1.html

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How to comment on EPA Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making

EPA comment information--Remember to comment before June 28, 2010

Got to this link:EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0294 or this one if you get lost:


In the search bar type in the above Docket Number, scroll down and then look at the top of the page and click in the box to comment directly. 

Cut and paste or upload your comment (2000) words maximum.

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2007-0294, by one of the following methods: http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. 
Or  E-mail: a-and-r-docket@epa.gov. 

Fax: (202) 566-9744. Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 6102T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. If you mail---Please include two copies

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Congressman Don Young responds to EPA ANPRM on 100 Low Lead

Washington, May 14, 2020 -
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding a proposed rule which would ban the use of leaded fuel in all piston engine aircraft in the United States.  Currently, there is no suitable replacement for leaded aviation gasoline.
"Once again the EPA is trying to put the cart before the horse," said Rep. Don Young.   "This premature ban on leaded fuel would kill rural communities in Alaska and across the United States.  Many of these isolated communities depend on single or twin piston aircraft to provide them with food and other supplies.  These communities cannot afford to pay increased shipping costs from new planes or new retrofitted engines as the EPA has suggested.
"Keep in mind that this whole idea is in response to a petition filed by an extreme environmental group called ‘Friends of the Earth.’  Like ‘Greenpeace’ and ‘Defenders of Wildlife, ‘Friends of the Earth’ is no friend of mine and they’re certainly no friend of Alaska."
According to the FAA, scheduled service single and twin piston engine aircraft made almost 200,000 departures in 2009 throughout Alaska.  Of the 157 communities nationwide receiving a subsidy under the Essential Air Service program, 49 are served by piston engine aircraft, with 36 of those communities in Alaska.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

June 28 is the deadline for comments about eliminating 100 Low Lead Fuel

 Below is a link to the page to go to for your comments.

Please write your comment about how eliminating 100 Low Lead Avgas in Alaska will affect the commerce of the state. You know, you live here.

Monday, May 10, 2010

FAA issues FAAST Blast to support GA users of 100 Low Lead fuel

"Despite ongoing research, currently there is no definitive replacement for unleaded avgas available that will meet the needs of all GA aircraft. EPA will use data gathered through this comment-seeking process, as well as work with FAA and industry, to decide whether to enact restrictions on the use of leaded avgas."

-FAAST Blast
Notice Number: NOTC2273

FAAST Blast — May 06, 2010 Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News update
EPA Issues Proposed Rulemaking for Leaded Avgas
On April 28, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), the first step in a process that may lead to standards mandating GA’s transition to unleaded avgas. This action allows the public to comment on the current data being considered to develop standards to control lead emissions from piston-powered aircraft.  
Avgas is the only remaining transportation fuel in the United States that contains lead. FAA is committed to continue working with the GA community to test, adopt, and certify a new aviation gasoline fuel standard. In addition, FAA established a GA alternative fuels program at the FAA Technical Center to continue research of unleaded aviation fuels and has issued many supplemental type certificates (STCs) to allow aircraft with lower-performance engines to operate with unleaded automobile gasoline.
Despite ongoing research, currently there is no definitive replacement for unleaded avgas available that will meet the needs of all GA aircraft. EPA will use data gathered through this comment-seeking process, as well as work with FAA and industry, to decide whether to enact restrictions on the use of leaded avgas. EPA estimates that lead emissions from aircraft using leaded avgas accounts for approximately half of the national inventory of lead emitted to air.
EPA will accept public comment on the ANPRM until June 28, 2010. To view the ANPRM and to provide comments, go to www.regulations.gov and search Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0294.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Will Alaska Continue To Receive Aviation Fuel?

 Alaska is not on the list of states that Chevron will market and distribute its aviation fuel (100 Octane Low Lead)? Is this the beginning of a shift away from providing 100LL fuel for Alaska? We intend to find this out and post it here.

Here is a press release from Chevron issued this week.

Effective June 1, 2010, Chevron's General Aviation business will only market Chevron- and Texaco-branded aviation fuels in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. The planned market withdrawal will be completed by November 15, 2010.
Chevron will continue to be a manufacturer of jet fuel and aviation gasoline but is changing its branded distribution channel to reduce costs while continuing to serve the aviation industry. Chevron will utilize its major distributor, Hiller/Air Petro, to sell aviation fuel to the general aviation market. The move is part of its downstream restructuring efforts to adapt to changing market conditions and to successfully compete in the marketplace. Learn more at www.ChevronGlobalAviation.com.