EAGLE initiative is making progress to UL gas for GA

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GA faces real challenge transitioning to Unleaded Gas

EPA is about to issue an Endangerment Finding

EAGLE, government & industry coalition working to solve before a Ban

epa noticeGeneral Aviation faces a major challenge— the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that a primary source of small aircraft fuel, leaded gasoline, is being identified as an element that endangers both the public health and the environment for current and future generations. This endangerment finding begins a process which will prohibits its use.

According to this environmental protector, leaded aviation fuel is still used in nearly 170,000 piston-engine aircraft across 20,000 airports. It  estimates that emissions from these airplanes account for about 70% of lead released into the atmosphere.into plane fueling

GA has been working on a solution for avgas and getting the lead out of avgas for well over a decade,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO. “The solution has been elusive.” AOPA started seeking solutions for this problem as long ago as 1992 and has continued a campaign ever since.

EAGLE 4 pillars

Since then research, a Unleaded Avgas Transition (UAT) Committee, engines and airframe product development, Fuel alternatives, an  Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI)  Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), Unleaded Avgas Transition (UAT) Action Plan, a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report and encouraged the submission of STCs to facilitate the use of UL avgas (to name a few) have tried to find and implementation solutions.

NAP report

The effort, resources and commitment of 100+ aviation stakeholders was announced in February, 2022 and designated the Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions initiative . Much to the coalition’s credit, as reported below, EAGLE met in June, 2022 at Frederick, MD to assess their progress on their agreed to priorities fuel testing, evaluation, and authorization; research, development, and implementation; and regulatory and policy activities.

Practical aspects, like the distribution from refineries to airport, the creation of facilities for into-plane service and expansion of UL avgas, still have to be resolved.

Big hurdles remain to be cleared before the EPA’s GA crushing action occurs.refinery to plane








Joint Industry/FAA Statement Following EAGLE Meetings

June 27, 2022unleaded gas

FREDERICK, Md., June 27, 2022 – The following was issued by the leaders of the Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions (EAGLE) initiative following the June 2022 stakeholder update:

“To advance the common vision of completely eliminating the use of lead in general aviation fuel, a comprehensive update was provided on June 23 to all stakeholders and interested parties by leaders and working groups of the industry/government EAGLE initiative.

EAGLE cochairs Liu and Baker

EAGLE was developed with one clear goal: eliminate lead from all aviation fuel by 2030 without negatively impacting the safe and efficient operations of the current GA fleet. Stakeholders included a wide range of more than 100 aviation associations, aircraft and fuel manufacturers, federal and local government bodies, airport officials, pilot groups, environmental organizations, and other related constituents. The meeting furthered the EAGLE objective of bringing all parties together to discuss and rally around the shared goal of an unleaded aviation future.

EAGLE leaders and working groups outlined the progress being made in a number of priority areas, including fuel testing, evaluation, and authorization; research, development, and implementation; and regulatory and policy activities. The group addressed a number of potential unleaded fuel candidates.

“This continues to be the biggest opportunity we have in general aviation, but it’s also vital that 100LL be available for those aircraft that require the fuel to operate safely during a smart transition. While we are working together to remove all lead from aviation fuel, this needs to be done smartly and safely, said Mark Baker, president and CEO of AOPA, and EAGLE co-chair.

“It is going to take a sustained level of commitment to tackle the highly complex set of issues at play here. The spirit of partnership that is key to EAGLE’s success was evident during our discussions today, and I am excited to be a part of it,” said Lirio Liu, executive director of FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service, and EAGLE co-chair. 

While the working groups continue their dedicated work on a daily basis, the next EAGLE stakeholder update is being planned for fall 2022. Plans are also underway for an EAGLE leaders update during EAA’s AirVenture in late July.

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