EAA Ethanol Fight
Milford Shirley, president of #193 in Jacksonville, Florida.
are starting our fight to win some relief from the ethanol mandate on
auto gas that was recently signed into law. The local chapters
will be instrumental to the outcome on this and I am hoping you or
someone in your chapter will spearhead the effort in your area.
goal is to have premium auto fuel exempted from ethanol so that pilots
who fly with a STC would be able to safely keep fueling their aircraft.
As you know, ethanol creates many problems for airplanes and their fuel
systems. I have already heard from a pilot who had a fiberglass fuel
tank and was waiting for the ceiling to lift to go flying when he
noticed a small leak. He watched his tank basically dissolve in front of
him. If he had not been delayed that could have happened low and slow
over a no option area. ( The plane was a J-3 copy so that was the type
of flying he does. )
problems with ethanol in aviation are too numerous to try and list here,
but I think all EAA chapters would have to agree that this is a
dangerous situation that we need to have resolved.
fight will more than likely take close to a year and the first thing we
need to do is create a ground swell across Florida of people talking
about the ethanol problem. If each chapter would start writing letters
to the editor of their local newspapers we should be able to get some of
them published. If anyone does get one published I would ask them to
mail them to me so I can create a file from across Florida. Be sure to
include the date and name of the paper.
would also be helpful if each chapter drafted a letter similar to a
mission statement listing the reasons they oppose ethanol in all auto
fuels. If the paper was signed by the chapter's board and again, mailed
to me it would be one more weapon when we get a meeting with a law
maker. It might help to include that in a letter to the editor, a letter
from a group might carry more weight.
plan is to try and get a little publicity and hopefully some sentiment
on our side. When the legislature meets early next year we believe that
I will be able to get a meeting with some of them to try and show them
our paperwork and recruit them to sponsor an amendment for premium auto
other thing we are doing is to use the radio show that I co host to
occasionally give all of us a place to talk about the dangers of
ethanol. We had one show on June 21st and it worked out very well. If
you go to www.flighttimeradio.com
you can listen to that show on the archives. We are planning on another
ethanol show this Saturday. I would encourage all pilots that are
concerned about the ethanol problem to call in. The plan is to have a
guest on during the first segment, but we would love to take a bunch of
anti ethanol calls the rest of the hour. The show starts at 10am on
Saturday and runs for one hour.
is also a page on that web site about ethanol.
all the shows, we plan on editing it down and making CDs to give to
different law makers who will listen to them while driving and educate
them on the dangers we face.
have faced down other over bearing laws, ( the Jacksonville anti home
building law ) and won. It wasn't easy, but it was satisfying to over
come something we felt was wrong. If we work together this can happen
and I look forward to talking to all of you.