HBC leads with an unleaded fuel Bonanza
Hawker Beechcraft in partnership with Teledyne Continental Motors and Swift Enterprises, has successfully tested flights of its Beechcraft Bonanza G36 on unleaded aviation fuel. This is seen as the first step toward the future of unleaded avgas and sustainable fuel powered GA aircraft.
“This is another big step in our sustainability initiative and technology leadership at HBC,” said Ed Petkus, HBC vice president, Product Development and Engineering. “It is also something that will delight general aviation pilots. The partnership with TCM and Swift Enterprises exemplifies the leadership of our companies and our commitment to supporting the technologies necessary to find an alternative to 100LL. I am confident our customers and the entire aviation industry will benefit from our efforts.”
The collaborative work with TCM and Swift Enterprises began last year to develop engine technology and test unleaded and sustainable fuels for use in piston aircraft. A fuel specification is being developed for unleaded aviation gasoline and more testing is planned for the coming weeks and months.