Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Air show pilot tests unleaded aviation gasoline in aerobatic aircraft's radial engine

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. and WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An airshow pilot based in the northeast United States and Canada says a high-octane, unleaded aviation gasoline provides power similar to conventional general aviation fuel and provides increased aircraft range.

Rick Volker of Rick Volker Air Shows compared the performance of Swift Enterprises Ltd.'s 100SF gasoline with conventional 100LL in separate flights of his Sukhoi Su-26M, a modern aerobatic aircraft with a radial engine. The flights included extensive use of full power and unusual attitudes to simulate air show flight. He said test results were supported by on-board engine monitoring.

"Swift's 100SF provides similar power, but with less fuel burned at every power setting, which allowed for significant increases in aircraft range," he said. "I tested the material compatibility of 100SF with the unmodified 360 horsepower Vedeneyev M14P engine and confirmed the miscibility with 100LL, meeting performance benchmarks at each trial. These tests provide supportive evidence that 100SF will meet the performance needs of aircraft during the most severe use imaginable, without any equipment changes."

Volker's interest in finding a replacement for 100LL stems from environmental and national safety.

"I'm anxious to contribute to solutions to our growing environmental problems. And my son is serving with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, so ending our dependence on foreign oil has gathered a new importance in my life," he said. "My testing provides unbiased and independent validation that 100SF is a viable ultra-high performance alternative fuel that is an answer to these problems.” A video of Rick perfecting his routine can be found on Swift's YouTube at: http://youtu.be/-PVuTQfcYAk

About Rick Volker

Based in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Rick Volker is an air show performer in the Northeast U.S. and Canada, well known for his world-class aerobatic freestyle demonstrations in his Sukhoi SU26M. Rick additionally flies demonstrations in all of the principal World War II fighters of the Battle of Britain: the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the Supermarine Spitfire and the Hawker Hurricane. He is an air show competency evaluator and a champion of numerous Unlimited category aerobatic contests. For more information, contact Rick at http://www.rvairshows.com

About Swift Enterprises Ltd.

Established in 2001, Swift Enterprises works with novel chemicals as new components in energy conversion devices. Swift brings a combination of military, academic and private enterprise experience to the practical research and development of propulsion, ordnance and power technologies. In the mid-1980s, the company's founders worked at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where they conducted research on rockets and rocket fuel for the government. Swift Enterprises has completed research for Lockheed-Martin Astronautics, DARPA, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy.

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