In a victory for general aviation the Environmental Protection Agency has conceded that the FAA has authority over aviation fuels. The EPA stated that its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the use of lead in aviation fuels is for collecting additional information, and that they have not set a deadline for banning the use of leaded avgas. In a letter to the AOPA the EPA stated it had no authority to control aviation fuels, and that the FAA regulates fuels in aircraft engines, not the EPA. It went on to further state that the EPA has established no date or proposed any date by which emissions from aircraft using leaded aviation fuels would need to be reduced. The FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt, says that he favors a methodical approach to finding a replacement for avgas, and believes the EPA understands the need for a safe and affordable replacement for avgas.
The uncertainty about the future of avgas and its replacement has put a damper on advancing projects in general aviation due to fears within the industry. Industry groups maintain that this uncertainty is having a serious economic impact on current and potential aircraft owners who are delaying purchasing decisions about new aircraft, engine overhauls and aircraft repairs. Let's hope that some definitive schedule which is realistic can be developed to provide some confidence in the general aviation industry. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 I must place on record my regret that the human race ever learned to fly. — Sir Winston Churchill
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