While the National Business Aviation Association is almost always identified with issues affecting the operation of turbine-powered business aircraft, more than 1,000 of its member companies operate piston-engine light planes to support their business travel.

Thus, when the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative emerged in 2010 to test and certify an unleaded replacement for 100LL avgas, NBAA was one of five aviation advocacy groups that joined the industry/government coalition.  NBAA “remains a steadfast supporter of efforts for identifying and implementing a safe, reliable, efficient, and market-viable unleaded replacement for 100 low-lead aviation gasoline,” the organization proclaimed in an official statement to B&CA, “and we are encouraged by the industry’s progress to date towards this endeavor.

“Approximately 1,000 NBAA member companies utilize piston-engine aircraft to remain competitive and nimble in the business environment,” the statement continued. “NBAA remains committed in its support for identifying and implementing an unleaded replacement for avgas, so these airplanes may continue flying safely and effectively in support of their companies for many years to come.”

Accordingly, NBAA has “emphasized its support” for development of a replacement for 100LL in testimony before Congress, including efforts to secure funding for research into alternative fuels, “many of which are bio-based and would not contain lead.” B&CA