Swift Fuels, LLC has announced that Texas Aero at Waco Regional Airport is now offering Swift’s UL94 unleaded aviation gasoline for its piston aircraft customers and for use in Texas Aero’s flight school client – Universal Flight Concepts. Texas Aero is a branded Avfuel customer and this is an opportunity for Avfuel Corporation to further demonstrate its commitment to unleaded avgas.
For Swift Fuels, which produces and sells the only commercially available unleaded avgas in the U.S., the nationwide transition away from 100LL (leaded avgas) in favor of unleaded avgas continues to increase momentum. Texas Aero, the preferred FBO at Waco Regional Airport, has committed to making that transition a reality to expand their offering of quality services, as well to help the community the airport supports.
Barry Johnson, Vice President of Operations at Texas Aero, had this to say, “Offering UL94 to our customers is a key differentiator compared to many nearby FBO’s that only sell 100LL (leaded) avgas. This premium unleaded fuel affords our flight school client a superior cost advantage over others by extending our Lycoming engine maintenance to 100-hour oil change intervals vs. typical 25- or 50-hour intervals. Pilots have been excited ever since we announced our intention to offer this fuel. We believe our transient air traffic wanting to use this fuel will also grow our business.”
Chris D’Acosta, CEO for Swift Fuels also commented, “Swift Fuels’ UL94 is the only commercially-available unleaded avgas in the US, it’s sold nationwide, it’s commercially insured for aviation, and pilots who use it – love it. Barry Johnson in collaboration with Avfuel have championed this effort working with local pilots to join the progressive nationwide movement toward unleaded avgas.”
D’Acosta added, “We’ve proudly led this multi-year transition away from 100LL since 2015 to educate the market on the key benefits of our low toxicity high-performance unleaded avgas. This can only happen with the ongoing support of forward-thinking regulators, aircraft/engine OEMs, pilots, airports, municipalities, airport boards and supply chain folks. Industry leaders like Barry Johnson recognize the growing demand for cleaner fuel for their customers and continue to play an integral role in the transition. We recognized early on that pilots would value the longer maintenance intervals, less wear-and-tear on engines, less corrosion, longer sparkplug life, etc. We are extremely proud to have our UL94 avgas available for piston aircraft use at Texas Aero,” said D’Acosta.
Swift Fuel’s Unleaded UL94 Avgas is sold nationwide – priced competitively with 100LL and is expected to remain low subject to oil market volatility. Over 110,000 aircraft are already FAA-authorized to use the UL94 Avgas as a “drop-in ready” fuel. Swift UL94 is compliant with all ASTM D7547 avgas specifications and D4814 auto gasoline specifications, making it a highly versatile premium gasoline product in the global marketplace. Note that UL94 avgas is not a full replacement for 100LL for higher compression engines, therefore, only those aircraft with engine requiring 94 motor-octane avgas or lower are compatible – which still represents 65% of the US piston fleet. For more information about UL94, FAA certifications, and the latest listing of airports with Swift Fuels UL94 available, please visit: www.swiftfuels.com