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PRESS RELEASE - Swift Fuels Powers First Transatlantic Flight in History on Unleaded UL94 Avgas

Posted on July 27th, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (July 27, 2017) – Swift Fuels, LLC, a global leader in the development of high-performance unleaded aviation gasoline, announced today that the first ever transatlantic flight was completed entirely on Swift Fuels’ Unleaded UL94 Avgas.  

The 6,689-mile, 45-hour journey was completed in a 1950 Beech Bonanza, call sign N8858A, which was retrofitted for the long trip with an additional ferry tank that gave it a total capacity of 135 gallons.  The tanks had been completely drained prior to refueling them, enabling the test flight to be conducted entirely on Swift Fuels UL94.  The flight originated in San Carlos, CA and completed in Zweibrücken, Germany.  The flight path included eight stops, some at which Swift Fuels is commercially sold, as well as locations where UL94 shipments were arranged to complete the flight.  This map reflects the flight path that included the following airports:

Code         Location
KSQL        San Carlos, CA, US
U02           Blackfoot [McCarley Field], ID, US
KOLU        Columbus [Muni], NE, US
KLAF         Lafayette [Purdue University Airport], IN, US
CYHU        Longueuil [Montréal St-Hubert Airport Longueuil], QC, CA
CYYR        Happy Valley-Goose Bay [CFB Goose Bay (Goose Bay Airport)], NL, CA
BIKF          Reykjavík [Keflavík], IS
EGPC        Wick (Caithness), Caithness, SCT, GB
EDRZ        Zweibrücken, RP, DE

The pilots on the domestic US portion were Thomas Albuzat and Ron Adams, and for the challenging transatlantic flight was Espen Jakobsen, Captain, Safety Manager at Orient Global, a professional ferry pilot with more than nine years experience in transcontinental flight. Jakobsen had this to say about his experience on this historic transatlantic flight:  “Swift’s UL94 performed perfectly during every leg of the flight, no matter the altitude or distance.  All engine parameters, such as cylinder head temperatures, exhaust gas temperatures, and fuel flow were identical to those of 100LL. It was a great flight!”

Swift Fuels CEO Chris D’Acosta commented on the accomplishment, “We are extremely proud of the aircraft's performance in this challenging journey - the first-ever transatlantic flight on Unleaded UL94 Avgas.  There is no better indicator of fuel performance than with a flight of this distance and magnitude.  We’ve now conclusively proven that unleaded avgas performs just as strongly as 100LL – and with the longer-term structural and environmental benefits that go with it, we’re hoping more pilots recognize UL94 as a comparable alternative to leaded fuels with no impact in performance.”

About Swift Fuels, LLC
Established in 2012, Swift Fuels is a now a global leader in the advancement of high-performance unleaded aviation fuels. This includes developing UL102 - an “all-hydrocarbon” unleaded high octane aviation gasoline that meets ASTM D7719, and the commercial deployment of UL94 - a 94 motor octane aviation gasoline that meets ASTM D7547. The company’s focus now includes advancing efforts to finalize the FAA’s certification of high octane unleaded avgas by the FAA's Piston Aviation Fuel Initiative (PAFI) for use in airplanes currently fueled by 100LL.  Swift Fuels looks forward to a day when toxic lead will be permanently removed from piston-engine aircraft through the roll-out of Swift’s environmentally friendly, high-performance unleaded aviation gasolines.  For more information, visit

PR Contact for Swift Fuels:
Mark Hanes
(917) 359-0697

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