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Unleaded Avgas operator reverting back to leaded fuel
May13

Unleaded Avgas operator reverting back to leaded fuel

The University of North Dakota (UND) – which operates one of the largest flight training fleets in the US – has reported valve seat recession issues in some Lycoming engine powerplants installed in its training aircraft following its switchover from leaded to unleaded Avgas. UND undertook the change from leaded Avgas (100LL) to Swift Fuels’ unleaded Avgas (UL94) in June 2023 and by October last year had logged some 46,000 flying hours...

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Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing pathway to axe Avgas
Nov17

Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing pathway to axe Avgas

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its final determination on high octane low lead aviation gasoline (Avgas 100LL). The finding confirms plans to define a pathway that will ultimately enable a safe transition to a lead-free replacement. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) executive director for aircraft certification service, Lirio Liu, testing on lead-free replacements is still ongoing, plus...

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Flight Design F2e Makes First Public Flight
Oct29

Flight Design F2e Makes First Public Flight

The first public flight of the Flight Design F2e took place at early June. The aircraft is based on the newly-developed F2 from Flight Design, equipped with an electric propulsion system. The Flight Design F2 is a high-wing strutless design which is largely manufactured using carbon fibre composite materials. With a wingspan of 9.2m (31ft) and a modular manufacturing concept, the F2e is based on standard components that are used in...

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