The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is asking fuel producers worldwide for help in transitioning the aviation industry to unleaded fuel.
The administration is seeking a way to replace the current 100 octane low-lead fuel for most of the general aviation fleet by 2018.
Parties have until July 1, 2014, to submit proposals. By September 2014, the FAA will choose 10 participants for phase-one laboratory testing. Two fuels from this first phase will move on to the aircraft-testing phase.
“The FAA knows the general aviation community and the Environmental Protection Agency are focused on this issue, and we look forward to collaborating with fuel producers to make an unleaded avgas available for the general aviation fleet,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement.
President Obama included $5.6 million in his 2014 budget for jet-fuel testing. - Jon Ross