AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 16, Number 45d

November 13, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! EPA Addresses Future Fuel Anxieties back to top 

EPA Finished Reviewing Avgas Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has heard the concerns of the general aviation industry about the potential elimination of lead in aviation fuel and a spokesman promised the impacts on GA will be at the forefront of future deliberations on the issue. Glenn Passavant told a forum on the future of aviation gas at AOPA Summit the agency is moving deliberately on the issue and not rushing the process. "We do not have a specific timeline for moving forward with a [Notice of Proposed Rulemaking]," Passavant said. He said EPA is working with the FAA and aviation groups and stressed the "endangerment finding" that would trigger legislative action is not imminent. In answer to a question from the floor, however, Passavant said he did not agree that such a finding is a foregone conclusion and suggested market forces might decide the fate of 100LL. He declined an interview with AVweb to discuss his presentation in more detail, saying such interaction with the media must be approved by the EPA's public affairs officials. EPA officials in Washington were unable to field our questions and referred us to their Web site.

Passavant said the EPA has now finished reviewing more than 500 comments received on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that was issued last April. The comment period closed in August. Passavant said the agency normally gets about 30 comments on ANPRMs. The most common sentiment is that piston engine aircraft owners want a replacement fuel that will have minimal operational and financial impact.

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Lycoming, TCM on Tomorrow's Avgas back to top 

Funding Needed For Fuel Tests

Leaders of the two main piston aircraft engine manufacturers are calling on the general aviation community to put the issue of the future of aviation gasoline on the radars of their representatives in Washington. Lycoming Senior Vice Presdent Michael Kraft and Teledyne Continental CEO Rhett Ross said critical funding for an FAA engine test cell used to evaluate alternative fuels is being held up in the Senate and is needed to keep the process going. Both executives urged people to contact their elected representatives to get the money passed. Meanwhile, Ross and Kraft said in podcast interviews with AVweb that an industry as small as GA can only support one specialized fuel and discounted discussion of trying to create different fuel streams for low and high compression engines. Kraft said demand is what will drive development and sustainability of a replacement fuel for 100LL."It's what keeps me awake at night. Demand," he said. Both said that while the industry could create engines to run on whatever fuel is available, a viable replacement is needed for 100LL for the hundreds of thousands of engines already in service.

The execs were encouraged by comments made by EPA spokesman Glenn Passavant that there is no established timeline for getting lead out of fuel but they also said that doesn't mean the process should be interminable. "It is not something we can let take years and years," Ross said. Both leaders said those shopping for aircraft can be confident there will be fuel for their aircraft in the future. Ross noted he's currently shopping for a high performance airplane.

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This afternoon, we will be presenting $10,000 checks to the five aviation-related charities that members of the pilot community have selected with your votes. Please join us at noon on the AOPA live stage to congratulate the winners. We sincerely thank you for your support of these very deserving organizations. And remember, we're now accepting nominations for next year on the LightspeedAviationFoundation.org web site.
GA's Voice on the Hill back to top 

Graves Heads GA Caucus

Missouri Republican Rep. Sam Graves will take over as chairman of the GA Caucus when current chairman Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) retires at the end of his term. Ehlers announced his retirement earlier this year and announced Graves as his replacement during an interview with AOPA at AOPA Summit in Long Beach Friday. The caucus is only a year old but is one of the largest on Capitol Hill and now includes more than 100 members.

Graves is a long-time pilot and comments frequently on aviation issues. AOPA President Craig Fuller said the choice is a good one. "Rep. Sam Graves is a longtime supporter of and vocal advocate for general aviation among his congressional colleagues," said Fuller. "We believe he is an excellent choice to succeed Congressman Vern Ehlers as the Republican co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus." Top priority for the caucus is pushing passage of a proper funding bill for the FAA.

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And the Winner Is ... back to top 

AOPA Sweepstakes Plane Awarded

A New Hampshire CFI with a penchant for new technology is the winner of AOPA's sweepstakes aircraft, a new Remos GX light sport aircraft. Yorke Brown, an engineering and scientific consultant from Etna, N.H. was notified of his win last week and will get his airplane after it comes off display at AOPA Summit in Long Beach, Calif. Brown flies out of Lebanon Airport and now has one primary flight student. He got a trip around the patch in a loaner Remos courtesy of Mid Island Air Service in New York.

In AOPA tradition, an elaborate ruse was concocted to lure Brown to the airport to accept his prize. He has an interest in simulator technology and AOPA got Redbird Flight Simulations to contact him and offer him a spin in their simulator, which uses artificial intelligence to create realistic cockpit scenarios involving interaction with ATC. The computer generated voice gave Brown the news. "Congratulations Yorke Brown," the simulator said." You are the winner of the 2010 AOPA Sweepstakes Remos! Enjoy your beautiful new airplane."

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Roll Your Own — The Age of DIY Services Is Here

The recent election is almost certain to accelerate an already established trend — fees for all kinds of aviation services. You've already been paying them for a while, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog — but as government spending tightens and privatization of services increases, you may be paying for some of them a la carte in the future.

Read more and join the conversation.

AVweb Insider Blog: Giving Back, Moving Forward

In the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog, Mary Grady is appreciative of the time and labor invested by the town of Talkeetna, Alaska in a Build A Plane restoration project — but why, she wonders, did it take Build A Plane's involvement to galvanize the community when there was clearly so much willingness and passion there in the first place?

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

Lycoming on the EPA's Fuel Update

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Lycoming Senior VP Mike Kraft spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about a presentation by EPA representative Glenn Passavant at AOPA Summit in Long Beach, California.

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TCM on the EPA's Fuel Update

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Teledyne-Continental CEO Rhett Ross spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about a presentation by EPA representative Glenn Passavant at AOPA Summit in Long Beach, California.

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

Video: Inside a Police Helicopter at AOPA Summit 2010

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversary back to top 

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

AVwebFlash is a weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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