After successful tests, several Cessna models have been adapted to run on less polluting aviation fuel. Now, operators of Textron Aviation’s Cessna 172 Skyhawk and 182 Skylane models can refuel with 91- or 94-octane unleaded or 100-octane ultra-low-lead aviation gasoline.
In addition, the use of the latter fuel is now available for the 206 Turbo Stationair HD. These fuels burn cleaner and therefore emit fewer pollutants than their higher lead counterparts used in most small aircraft. With more than 75,000 models equipped with Lycoming engines produced so far, the change could make a significant contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of small aircraft aviation. The only thing that operators will have to comply with before putting the new fuel in their planes is the associated maintenance instructions.