Erik Lindbergh Uses SwiftFuel Powered Aircraft During SnF

Erik Lindbergh and his Lancair arrived in Paris in 2002.

Watch for Lindbergh (grandson of Charles Lindbergh) as he pilots an Experimental Piper Seminole at Lakeland's Linder Airport during this year's Sun 'n Fun air show using 100SF developed by Swift Enterprises Ltd., a firm based at the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, Indiana. When not in the air, the plane will be located at the event's exhibit space shared by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Swift Enterprises.

"The future of general aviation is quickly evolving toward alternative aviation fuels," Lindbergh said. "I'm delighted to be working with Swift Enterprises and Embry-Riddle to help solve the leaded fuel challenge for general aviation."

SwiftFuel is a near drop-in replacement for 100LL fuel currently used throughout the general aviation sector. SwiftFuel does not use lead, ethanol, toluene or oxygenates, and produces fewer pollutants than 100LL fuel and 15% more volumetric energy than 100LL fuel. Additionally, SwiftFuel does not require any additives or stabilizers, according to Mary Rusek, president of Swift Enterprises.

Swift Enterprises is not new to the alternative fuel table. In the mid-1980s, the company's founders, John and Mary Rusek, both research scientists, 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 U.S. Navy. They established Swift Enterprises in 2001, and have been working on components of the SwiftFuel equation ever since.

Contributing Editor Amy Laboda is a freelance writer and editor of Aviation for Women magazine. She's an ATP-rated pilot and instrument and multi-engine Flight Instructor with a passion for teaching and flying in light aircraft. Her steady rides these days are a 18-year old Kitfox IV and a fresh Van's RV-10.

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