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FAA Names Avgas ARC Members

March 10, 2011 — Five General Aviation Avgas Coalition members are among the appointed members to the FAA’s aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) that will investigate and make recommendations for transitioning to an unleaded aviation fuel. Members include AOPA, the American Petroleum Institute, EAA, GAMA, and the National Air Transportation Association.

Other ARC members include high-compression engine users represented by the Clean 100 Coalition; airframe and engine manufacturers represented by Cessna, Cirrus, Teledyne Continental, and Lycoming; refiners and alternative fuel developers represented by Shell, ExxonMobil, General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI), and Swift fuels; and environmental interests represented by the EPAQ, the FAA’s Emissions Division of the Office of Environment and Energy, and the Friends of the Earth.

 According to the charter that established the ARC, a report providing “recommendations for collaborative industry-government initiatives to facilitate the development and deployment of an unleaded avgas with the least impact on the existing piston engine aircraft fleet” is due in six months. The ARC can also be extended for six months.

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