The National Corn Growers Association is taking aim at "getting the lead out" of aviation gasoline with a new brochure detailing facts and figures about ethanol-based aviation fuel, a cleaner, environmentally friendly and affordable alternative fuel.



The brochure, available online at www.ncga.com or by contacting NCGA's St. Louis office, contains a question and answer section, a list of benefits of using ethanol-based aviation fuel as opposed to 100 Low Lead (100LL) and resources and contact information for those interested in learning more.



"This brochure is important because it is the most efficient medium to reach the aviation community," said Brian Woldt, vice chairman of NCGA's Ethanol Committee and a pilot. "The information in the pamphlet will help pilots, mechanics and consumers understand how ethanol-based aviation fuel can help the industry replace 100LL. Going forward, we will need pilots and mechanics to help implement any fuel change, and the best way to do that is to educate them."



EBAF allows small plane operators to avoid using 100 LL, one of the only leaded fuels still in use in the United States. Tests suggest EBAF emits fewer greenhouse gas emissions and increases horsepower.



EBAF has several mechanical benefits as well. The fuel burns cooler than 100L, resulting in lower cylinder head and exhaust gas temperatures. It resists detonation at high compression, which has been a problem in piston engines burning lead-free fuels. EBAF has comparable detonation performance with 100LL.



Woldt said ethanol-based avgas could help pilots save at the pump as well.



"The price of aviation fuel has been over $4 per gallon for quite some time," he said. "Because airplanes put speed as a higher priority than mileage, those higher per gallon costs are magnified when compared to automobiles. With the proper infrastructure, ethanol-based aviation fuel could be widely available for a lower cost than 100LL. Those savings would help small airplane pilots."



The Cessna 152, 180, and 182, Pitts S2B and Piper Pawnee have obtained supplemental type certificates that allow the planes to use EBAF. Other models are in the process of applying for STCs.



EBAF is only commercially available at a couple of small airports in South Dakota, but could feasibly replace 100LL in airports across the nation if 100LL is phased out.



For more information, visit the Ethanol and Coproducts section under the Key Issues tab at www.ncga.com or, to obtain the brochure, contact Mel Gibson at NCGA's St. Louis office at gibson@ncga.com or call 636-733-9004.



SOURCE: NCGA news release.