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EAA Members Responding to New Oregon Ethanol Law

November 29, 2007 — EAA members are responding to a newly passed law in the State of Oregon requiring ethanol additives in gasoline distributed in that state. Jerry Cochran (EAA 647801) alerted EAA in late October about the new mandate that all gasoline grades contain a 10 percent ethanol blend once state ethanol production reaches at least 40 million gallons. The law is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2008.

EAA immediately alerted Oregon chapter leaders, the Oregon Pilots Association, and the Oregon Department of Aviation in a special Government e-Notice regarding the potential harmful flight safety effects the new law would have on thousands aircraft owners and operators.

As a result of EAA's e-Notice, EAA members Dave Martin (EAA 78011) and Bob Brown (EAA 599240) are now working on a plan with Dan Clem, director of the Oregon Department of Aviation, to minimize the impact this new law will have on aircraft owners. They are scheduled to make a presentation to the Oregon Department of Agriculture at a December 4 subcommittee meeting.

Among those who could be adversely affected include pilots transitioning through the state; those with an FAA-approved autofuel supplemental type certificate (STC); ultralight pilots; and experimental aircraft owners who require ethanol free autofuel.

EAA will report on the results of this meeting on the EAA website and e-Hotline next week.

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