Leaders of the “EAGLE Industry/Government Initiative” released the group’s “Joint Industry/FAA Statement” to stakeholders and interested parties this morning. EAGLE (Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions) said stakeholders included “a wide range of more than 100 aviation associations, aircraft and fuel manufacturers, federal and local government agencies, airport officials, pilot groups , environmental organizations and other related constituents”.
The EAGLE goal is defined as “bringing all parties together to discuss and unite around the common goal of an unleaded aviation future.” The update indicates that the group has made progress in several of its priority areas, such as fuel testing, evaluation, authorization, research, development and implementation, as well as “activities regulations and policies.
Mark Baker, President and CEO of AOPA, and Co-Chairman of EAGLE, reiterated that while eliminating lead from aviation fuel remains “the biggest opportunity we have in general aviation …it’s also vital that 100LL is available for aircraft that need the fuel to operate safely during a smart transition.As we work together to remove all lead from aviation fuel, it must be done smartly and safely.
Also co-chairman of EAGLE, Lirio Liu, executive director of the FAA’s aircraft certification service, said, “It’s going to take a sustained level of commitment to tackle the very complex set of issues at play here. The spirit of partnership that is key to EAGLE’s success was evident in our discussions today, and I am delighted to be a part of it. Liu, an FAA employee for 31 years, was named to her current role in April, succeeding Earl Lawrence, who then left the FAA this month to become the company’s chief compliance and quality officer. XWing autonomous flight technology.
While the group reported that it had “discussed a number of potential unleaded fuel candidates”, EAGLE management and in particular the FAA were pushed back due to lack of progress on the type certification process. supplement (STC) for G100UL, a potential alternative fuel being developed. by General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI). George Braly, founder of GAMI, expressed his dissatisfaction with the FAA’s inaction on the pending STC, which would effectively constitute a virtually fleet-wide approval for all GA aircraft.
But some stakeholders in the debate questioned whether the STC process was the prudent and appropriate process for such sweeping approval.