Centennial Airport will be the first in Colorado to switch to unleaded aviation fuel—a move heralded by community groups and pilots alike. Arapahoe County Commissioner Jessica Campbell-Swanson was a key voice for the community in making the transition.
“Centennial Airport would not be the first airport in the state to make unleaded 94 octane aviation fuel available without community raising its voice,” said Commissioner Campbell-Swanson. “This is what the power of organized community voice with responsive leadership and forward-thinking business looks like. I am proud of everyone involved who stepped up, found solutions, and made this happen. I am optimistic of what we can do working together as a team to make this airport a great community partner.”
The use of leaded gasoline has long been a concern for both the aviation industry and community members, as it has been known to be harmful to humans and the environment. The introduction of unleaded fuel options is a major step towards reducing the impact of aviation on the environment.
The arrival of unleaded fuel at Centennial Airport is a significant development for the aviation industry in Colorado. The airport is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country, serving a wide range of aircraft and businesses, making it an important economic driver for Centennial and surrounding areas.
The Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority (ACPAA) hopes that the introduction of unleaded gasoline at Centennial Airport will encourage other airports in the state to follow suit.
Photos courtesy of Melanie Smith, Division of Aeronautics, Colorado Department of Transportation