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Assure The Safety Of Auto Fuel Used In Your Airplane With EAA's Alcohol Test Kit

EAA's Auto Fuel Kit
EAA's alcohol test kit

May 8, 2008 — With all the recent state legislation regarding ethanol in auto fuel throughout the U.S., it's more important than ever for pilots who use auto fuel in their airplanes to be absolutely sure that the fuel is safe for flight operations. That's why EAA is helping pilots stay safe when they use auto fuel by offering an easy-to-use alcohol test kit.

EAA's auto fuel Alcohol Test Kit allows a pilot or aircraft maintenance technician to make preventative tests on auto fuel, even before fuel is purchased for an aircraft. Simply pour water, then auto fuel, in the included test tube and shake it to mix the contents. When the mixture has settled within five to 10 minutes, a gauge on the test tube indicates whether the water level has risen. An increase in the amount of water on the gauge indicates that alcohol is present in the fuel. The gauge will also indicate the percentage of alcohol. EAA's kit is simpler than previous tests, as much less fuel is used to make a determination.

For more than 30 years, EAA's auto fuel Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for a variety of manufactured aircraft have saved aircraft owners money by allowing them to use unleaded auto fuel. Such fuel without ethanol is safe and effective for aircraft use, based on more than 30 years of thorough testing.

The addition of ethanol, however, creates chemical properties that are harmful to aircraft engines and fueling systems. It is critical for aircraft owners using auto fuel to know if the gasoline being used in their aircraft is pure. Some states do not require the marking of gas pumps indicating ethanol is present in the fuel, so EAA recommends that all auto fuel be tested before fueling an aircraft.

EAA's auto fuel test kit is a necessary tool for every auto fuel STC holder, and is just $15, including shipping via US Postal Service Priority Mail. The kit includes padded insulation for the test tube, so you can keep it in your aircraft without worrying about breakage. The test kit is easy to use and will last as long as the glass does. The test kit can be ordered from EAA by emailing Debi Walker at dwalker@eaa.org.

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