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EAA Working To Revise Proposed Missouri Ethanol Legislation


March 9, 2006 — EAA is focusing its organizational and member resources to head off yet another state's attempt to require ethanol additives in gasoline before it leaves some pilots without a way to obtain suitable fuel for their aircraft.

Legislation being debated in Missouri would require all gasoline sold to consumers for use in motor vehicles to contain 10 percent ethanol. Even though provisions are included to allow the sale of non-ethanol gasoline for use by aircraft, vintage cars (over 25-years old), and motorboats, EAA contends they are not feasible because they could impose financial and logistical burdens on fuel sellers, including installation of special tanks and/or requiring potentially expensive special delivery arrangements to ensure non-ethanol fuel availability.

Instead, EAA is promoting a simple solution based on legislation passed in Montana, exempting one grade of gasoline-premium grade (antiknock index number of 91 or greater)-from the ethanol requirement. This will cover any and all possible combinations of exemptions to this propose new rule and allow ethanol-free premium gasoline to be available to all - aviation, vintage cars, recreational vehicles, etc. - at every gas station in the state.

EAA sent an e-Alert e-mail to its members in Missouri asking them to contact their elected state representatives and urge adoption of the premium fuel exemption.

"There are more than 735 aircraft registered in Missouri that operate on an FAA-approved auto fuel supplemental type certificate (STC), plus numerous ultralight vehicles, amateur-built aircraft, and light-sport aircraft that require auto fuel," said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director. "EAA's concern, and that of many of our members, is that some aircraft cannot operate safely with fuel blended with ethanol products."

EAA also feels it is very important that all gasoline station fuel pumps be clearly labeled as to whether they contain ethanol or not and what percentage.

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