Jakobsen flew the transatlantic portion of a 5,813-nautical-mile journey from California to the east coast of Canada and across the ocean, powered entirely by the 94-octane aviation gasoline. Starting from San Carlos Airport (SQL) in California, the route included stops at McCarley Field Airport (U02) in Idaho; Columbus Municipal Airport (OLU) in Nebraska; Purdue University Airport (LAF); Montréal/St-Hubert Longueuil Airport (CYHU) in Quebec, Canada; Goose Bay Airport (CYYR) in Labrador, Canada; Keflavík International Airport (BIKF) in Iceland; Wick Airport in Scotland (EGPC); and Zweibrücken Airport (EDRZ) in Germany.
“It was really fun doing this flight, and it was great to meet the Swift guys and to try out their 94-octane fuel,” said Jakobsen, who added that he didn’t perceive any difference from the 100LL he was used to.
Swift Fuels of Lafayette, Indiana, has been producing and distributing its FAA-approved UL94 unleaded avgas for more than three years. It’s not yet widely available, even though it’s less expensive than 100LL and is an unleaded drop-in replacement fuel for most GA piston-engine aircraft
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