Swift Fuels opened a blending facility in West Lafayette, Ind., Sept. 13, 2013, though the 10,000 gallons it will be able to produce each month once full-scale production is reached represents a tiny fraction of the overall demand (about 220 million gallons of avgas were sold in 2011, according to government data). It is, however, a significant milestone on the path to mass production, a step detailed on a development plan created in 2012 by a coalition of industry, government, and advocacy groups. Swift Fuels CEO Chris D’Acosta said the more recent acceptance of the company’s latest 400-page research report on 100SF may be even more significant.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., and ZWEIBRÜCKEN, Germany - An American company that is developing a commercial replacement for leaded general aviation gasoline has announced the acquisition of a 50 percent stake in a German firm.
A seasoned professional with experience in the global oil and gas industry has been named CEO of Swift Fuels LLC, a recently reorganized chemical research firm that is actively developing a commercial replacement for leaded general aviation gasoline. The appointment of Chris D'Acosta, who has been an oil industry consulting executive and previously held management positions with Wichita-based Koch Industries, was announced by majority owner and interim CEO Rob Broin. Broin will remain Chairman of the Board and actively involved in Swift's product development
Swift Fuels LLC was created in partnership between Swift Development Renewable Fuels LLC and South Dakota-based RMB Energy LLC. Rob Broin, head of RMB Energy, is the interim CEO and Jon Ziulkowski from SDRF is COO. Swift Fuels LLC is based in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the full public report of the Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee (UAT ARC). The committee, of which Swift was a member, submitted a final report to the FAA which recommended options on how the agency can better understand the challenges of transitioning the piston engine-powered aircraft fleet to unleaded avgas.