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Is 100LL Going Away?


Jerry Schneider
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I looked around and couldn't find any threads dealing with this issue and possible solutions. (I hope I didn't miss it. :o )

 

This rumor/fact has been going around for a number of years now, and am wondering what solutions might be on the horizon. This has been one of the reasons I'm considering the 180 HP XP 360 because it can drink 91 octane.

 

I find it hard to believe there aren't solutions on the horizon.

 

Inquiring minds want to know....

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This rumor/fact has been going around for a number of years now, and am wondering what solutions might be on the horizon. This has been one of the reasons I'm considering the 180 HP XP 360 because it can drink 91 octane.

Here's an excerpt of from an AOPA link:

 

Optimistically speaking, 100LL will become increasingly more expensive relative to other petroleum and energy products. At worst, it could be unavailable altogether. Today there is no true 100% unleaded replacement for 100LL that does not require significant modification and recertification of aircraft that require the use 100LL.

Sounds like a great case for the Superior, or any other engine that can take automotive fuel (including diesel).

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100LL already costs about 1.5 EUR per liter in Finland.

1 US Gallon = 3.79 liters. 3.97 liters * 1.5 EUR = 6 EUR per gallon

= about 7.7 USD per gallon on the current exchange rate.

Therefore 13 gallons per hour costs no less than

100 USD per hour. Is that cheap? ... it is relative... However,

because of that I would be

glad to be able to use a turbodiesel engine instead, _significantly_

cheaper to fly.

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My home field (KOJC) have self service 100LL at US$3.25 per gallon and the Jet-A is US$3.76 (full serve only.) That's only one data point but the price is about average or above average. The 172N (180HP O-360) I fly consumes about 8-9 gallons per hour with judicious leaning. That, unfortunately, is significant cheaper than European prices. I believe landing fees are not as customary here as it is in Europe. Have you consider moving to the US? :D

 

Cheers,

 

Remi

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