Despite an ongoing investigation by the FAA and complaints from a host of aviation trade groups, as well as legal complaints filed by airport businesses, two California general-aviation airports have stopped selling 110LL aviation fuel.
This impacts the Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV) in East San Jose, as well as the San Martin Airport (E16). A statement from the Santa Clara County Office of Communications and Public Affairs says only unleaded fuel will be sold at both airfields.
Aviation trade groups have said they favor phasing out leaded fuel in a safe manner, noting that many types of aircraft do not have a federally approved alternative.
The move comes after the county Board of Supervisors voted to ban the sale of leaded aviation fuel at the airport, on the heels of a peer-reviewed study showing higher levels of lead in the bloodstream of children living near the airports. The study, funded by the county, reportedly concluded that the lead levels were in line with other children elsewhere in California.
"If leaded emissions - and the related adverse impact on IQ and cognition - ended, children living near the airport would realize a gain of $11 million to $25 million in lifetime earnings," the most recent statement from the county says.
The deadline for leaded fuel sales was Jan. 1. It's now thought that the airports are the first in the country to no longer offer leaded fuel.
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