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AOPA Provides EAGLE Update

July 28, 2022

AOPA Provides EAGLE Update

At the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin in late July, AOPA President Mark Baker was joined by fellow general aviation (GA) association executives and senior FAA leaders to provide an update on the GA industry’s transition to unleaded fuel.

The session provided an opportunity for the leaders of the public-private Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions (EAGLE) initiative to update attendees of EAA AirVenture on the progress toward eliminating all lead from aviation fuel by 2030. Baker, co-chair of EAGLE, was joined on stage by co-chair Lirio Liu, executive director of the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service, and other members of the EAGLE Executive Commit tee: Jack Pelton, chairman and CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association; Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Associa tion; Karen Huggard, vice president of government affairs of the National Air Transporta tion Association (representing NATA President Tim Obitts); and Jim Viola, president and CEO of Helicopter Association International. Several questions were indicative of a perception among part of the GA community that EAGLE, industry, and government are ignoring candidate fuels in the supplemental type certificate process, namely from General Aviation Modi fications Inc. and Swift Fuels. Panelists made it clear that EAGLE supports both the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative and STC paths, and that the bottom-line goal is to find the drop-in fuel that works for the entire fleet of 200,000-plus piston GA aircraft. The meeting was the third stakeholder update session since EAGLE was formally introduced by former FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in February.
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