Piper Aircraft recently flew a Piper Archer powered by 93 octane unleaded automobile gas 2100 nautical miles roundtrip from Vero Beach, FL to Oshkosh, WI and back. The Piper Archer was on exhibit at Piper’s EAA AirVenture static aircraft display.
Piper worked with Airworthy AutoGas LLC, Phoenix, Ariz., to prove the concept in a test flight regime conducted from the company’s Vero Beach manufacturing campus. Airworthy AutoGas strategically positioned specially formulated auto gas enroute from Vero Beach to Oshkosh and back for a demonstration of the Archer’s cross-country capabilities.
Stops along the departure and return route included Vidalia, Ga. (VDI), Somerset, Ky. (SME), and Valparaiso, Ind. (VPZ). The Piper Archer is powered by a single Lycoming O-360-A4M engine generating 180hp. Fuel capacity of the Archer is 48 U.S. gallons (182 liters). The Lycoming O-360 series engines are four-cylinder, direct-drive, horizontally opposed, air- cooled models, and are approved for 93 octane unleaded fuel.
“The cross-country roundtrip flight is another step in proving the concept as Piper looks to a future of more environmentally friendly fuels to power piston aircraft,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “ Airworthy AutoGas plans to produce and distribute a specially formulated, high-purity, low-vapor-pressure, ethanol-free, 93 octane, premium unleaded automotive gasoline, beginning in the fall of 2013.
ABOUT AIRWORTHY AUTOGAS
Airworthy AutoGas, LLC, is a petroleum products blender and distributor dedicated to providing the highest quality gasoline, promoting general aviation, and making flying more affordable. Airworthy AutoGas is a patent
pending, ethanol-free, 93 octane, premium unleaded automotive gasoline that includes octane improving and vapor pressure stabilizing components, in such proportions that the final blend meets the requirements of ASTM D4814 and Lycoming Engine’s Service Instruction 1070 “S.” Airworthy AutoGas, unlike traditional automotive gasoline, is designed for use in powering spark-ignition internal combustion engines used in aircraft applications.
ABOUT PIPER AIRCRAFT
Piper Aircraft Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla. The company offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single-engine and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the Meridian, Mirage and Matrix – offer businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seminole and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX, Arrow, Seneca V and Seminole aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.