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Avgas, short for aviation gasoline, is an aviation fuel used to propel piston-engined aircraft.

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Why is alcoholic gasoline such a showstopper for aviation?

One of the main reasons the common avgas grades are still full of 3-plumba-3,3-diethylpentane is the incompatibility of many aircraft fuel systems with the oxygenates (primarily ethanol, with some ...
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Do ARFF units need special equipment for responding to crashes or fires involving piston-engine aircraft?

Unlike jets and turboprops, which generally burn (relatively) benign jet fuel (usually a straight kerosene, occasionally with plain gasoline blended in as a freezing-point depressant), piston-engined ...
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Do different grades of leaded avgas differ in ways other than their lead content?

Although only one grade of leaded avgas (100LL, standing for 100-octane, Low-Lead)1 is in common use today, there were formerly a number of different leaded avgasses with higher octane ratings and ...
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Fuel Trailers and Pumps

Are large 100LL semi-truck trailers (>9300 gallons) provisioned to pump fuel into smaller tanks? I know they can gravity feed into large underground tanks but I need to know of they can also be ...
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What implications does automobile electrification have for the supply and cost of Avgas?

The electrification of automobiles has been picking up pace recently, with various countries and manufacturers setting targets for an electric- or electric/hybrid- only future. If these plans come to ...
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How small can turbojet engines be made whilst remaining fuel efficient, light, cheap, and producing enough thrust to carry a human, gas, and casing? [closed]

I've seen many videos of small turbojet engines (small enough to hold in your hands) that produce 30-40 pounds of force. If you mounted a couple of these on a small craft, that wouldn't even support ...
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Why is jet fuel cheaper than piston fuel?

Why is Jet-A cheaper than 100LL? Shouldn't it be the other way around?
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What is the freezing point of 100LL Avgas?

Does anyone knows the exact freezing point of Avgas (100LL) ? I found that Jet A-1 freezes at −47 °C / −53 °F (wikipedia), but didn't manage to find any info on Avgas.
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How did the 1973 oil embargo affect AvGas prices?

Does anyone in the aviation community remember what the price of avgas (100LL) was pre -and- post 1973 OPEC Oil Embargo? Ballpark per gallon is fine. East Coast prices.
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Avoiding leaded gasoline in aviation [closed]

I would like to get into aviation, but I have concern about the leaded gasoline used in most small engine planes. How difficult will it be to avoid avgas while learning to fly? And how should I go ...
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How should Isopropyl Alcohol be used as an AvGas Fuel System Icing Inhibitor?

I understand that 100% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) is used as a Fuel System Icing Inhibitor (FSII) additive in aviation gasoline systems—including 87 through 100LL fuel types—for cold weather operations. ...
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Is there a fuel injector cleaner additive available?

I have not seen any additives (such as those used in automobiles) to clean and maintain fuel injectors in aviation engines. Is there a reason for that such as the use of lead in 100LL or something ...
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Why is AVGAS so much more expensive than car gas?

Why is 100LL so much more expensive than gasoline for cars? I get the fact that it's 100LL, instead of 87, 91, etc. For example (as of now, 13 Oct 14), the 91 unleaded gas at my local gas station is ...
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Does the lead in fuel harm passengers?

In view of this other question, does the lead first enter or infiltrate the cabin air dispersion system, and then pervade or permeate the entire passenger cabin, thus every breathing passenger? I ...