EPA Issues Proposed Rulemaking for Leaded Avgas

EPA Issues Proposed Rulemaking for Leaded Avgas

EPA Issues Proposed Rulemaking for Leaded Avgas
On April 28, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), the first step in a process that may lead to standards mandating GA’s transition to unleaded avgas. This action allows the public to comment on the current data being considered to develop standards to control lead emissions from piston-powered aircraft.   
 
Avgas is the only remaining transportation fuel in the United States that contains lead. FAA is committed to continue working with the GA community to test, adopt, and certify a new aviation gasoline fuel standard. In addition, FAA established a GA alternative fuels program at the FAA Technical Center to continue research of unleaded aviation fuels and has issued many supplemental type certificates (STCs) to allow aircraft with lower-performance engines to operate with unleaded automobile gasoline.
 
Despite ongoing research, currently there is no definitive replacement for unleaded avgas available that will meet the needs of all GA aircraft. EPA will use data gathered through this comment-seeking process, as well as work with FAA and industry, to decide whether to enact restrictions on the use of leaded avgas. EPA estimates that lead emissions from aircraft using leaded avgas accounts for approximately half of the national inventory of lead emitted to air.
 
EPA will accept public comment on the ANPRM until June 28, 2010. To view the ANPRM and to provide comments, go to www.regulations.gov and search Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0294.
 
Atlantic City International Airport Launches Digital NOTAMs
Effective April 20, Atlantic City International Airport (KACY) is the first in the U.S. national airspace system to deliver digital notices to airmen (NOTAM). This transition to a new digital notification system is “a major technological change,” said Nancy Kalinowski, FAA vice president, System Operations. “Digital information management is key to aviation safety.” The new digital NOTAM system reduces human error and provides more timely and accurate distribution of information about hazards and changes in aeronautical facilities, services, and procedures.

It took three seconds to transmit the first computer-generated digital NOTAM using a web-based software program that converts NOTAMs into a standard format for direct delivery to the U.S. NOTAM system. Before this upgrade, the NOTAM system remained unchanged for about 30 years. FAA plans full system delivery by 2014. The new direct-entry system will be demonstrated over the next 12 months at airports in Memphis, Norfolk, Richmond, Washington DC (Reagan), Chicago (Midway and O'Hare), Denver, Fort Wayne, and Fairbanks.

May/June FAA Safety Briefing Focuses on NextGen
The May/June issue FAA Safety Briefing highlights FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, plan to provide more efficient navigation, more effective communications, and greatly improved surveillance capabilities. Check out articles on ADS-B, performance-based navigation technology, the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems, and more. The link to the online edition is: http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/.

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