Saturday, July 09, 2011

General Aviation in California is under attack

The Center for Environmental Health is attempting to sue fuel suppliers and fixed base operators (FBO) that sell 100LL aviation fuel. The lawsuit states that FBO's failed to notify those living in the areas surrounding airports that the airplanes flying overhead used leaded fuel and posed a health risk.

They are trying to halt the sale of aviation fuel, require a cleanup of contaminated drinking water and other penalties.

If this is allowed to happen, all piston powered flight in the state would cease. AOPA, GAMA the EAA and others are attempting to block this lawsuit to allow continued operations while the FAA and EPA continue to develop new standards and approve new fuels to replace the current leaded fuel while ensuring the longevity of piston engines and safety of flight in the piston powered fleet.

Follow this story on the NATA web site.