Swift Fuels Challenges Environmentalists on Unleaded Aviation Fuel Demand

Aviation Industry Update: Swift Fuels Challenges Environmentalists on Unleaded Aviation Fuel Demand

Swift Fuels CEO Highlights Challenges in Aviation Fuel Transition

Aviation enthusiasts and professionals should take note of the recent developments in the aviation fuel industry. Swift Fuels CEO Chris D’Acosta has raised significant concerns about the feasibility of a new unleaded 100-octane fuel, G100UL, developed by General Aviation Modifications Inc., becoming commercially available in the near future. This topic, highly relevant to our community of aviation aficionados, points to the complexities of fuel standards in the industry.

In a recent interview, D’Acosta emphasized that without ASTM approval, this new fuel faces a challenging path to acceptance in the aviation world. This includes hurdles related to industry acceptance, insurance, and distribution. "The FAA does not certify or approve fuel in the marketplace. Industry does,” D’Acosta stated, underlining the importance of ASTM specifications. This information is crucial for those in our aviation community, who not only wear their passion for flying but also stay informed about industry trends.

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Swift Fuels, a leader in aviation fuel innovation, is already offering a 94-octane unleaded fuel that meets both FAA STC approval and ASTM standards, ensuring safety and reliability for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. The company is also developing a 100-octane unleaded fuel, with plans to achieve similar certifications. This ongoing innovation in aviation fuel is as exciting as the latest designs in our aviation apparel line, reflecting the ever-evolving nature of the industry.

The issue was brought into the spotlight when California’s Center for Environmental Health (CEH) demanded that FBOs in the state commit to switching from 100LL to G100UL by March 1, 2024. While Vitol Aviation is scaling up production of G100UL, it won’t meet the proposed deadline, creating tension in the industry. The FAA's approval for G100UL for use in certain aircraft through an STC process is a step forward, but as D’Acosta points out, there's more to becoming commercially viable.

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