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Peter Lawrence, Manager, Technical Services CAMS I am in receipt of a letter from the Shell Company of Australia Ltd. indicating that Shell 100/100LL (Avgas) is not to be sold for Non Aviation uses. This applies to all distributors, dealers...

Peter Lawrence, Manager, Technical Services CAMS

I am in receipt of a letter from the Shell Company of Australia Ltd. indicating that Shell 100/100LL (Avgas) is not to be sold for Non Aviation uses. This applies to all distributors, dealers and airport agents across Australia.

Shell have taken this step to avoid the possibility that Avgas may be being sold without the appropriate Federal Stamp Duty and State Fuel Taxes being added. The Federal Excise Duty for aviation purposes is 2.71 cents per litre, but for non-aviation use it is 37.35 cpl. The sale of such fuel without the appropriate excise payments would render Shell liable to prosecution.

However, Shell market a fuel known as Racing Fuel 100U, which is available in 20 litre and 200 litre drums. Shell RF 100U is identical in every aspect to performance to Avgas 100LL, save that it is packaged for non aviation use and hence all the appropriate duties are included in the price.

Shell RF 100U is available from all Shell Distributors, and many retail Shell outlets as well. It can be ordered from any Shell retailer. It may also be available as a bulk delivery for commercial customers, such as Race Tracks.

Shell RF 100U is accepted by CAMS as a commercially available fuel and may be used wherever CAMS regulations permit Avgas.

For the good of our sport and those involved, do not ask Shell agents at airports to sell you Avgas. They are putting their own businesses at risk to do so, both from their dealings with Shell and from federal customs regulations.

Caution: Shell also market a product known as Racing Fuel A. Do not use Racing Fuel A. This is commercial grade Methanol, and is not suitable for use in conventional petrol engines. The use of Methanol in an engine not designed for this fuel may seriously damage the engine. CAMS restricts the use of Methanol to certain 5th Category historic vehicles. It is not a defined Commercially Available Fuel.

For more information, visit the Shell Aviation web site at: www.Shell-Aviation.com.au or on call Shell on 1800 813 198

Peter Lawrence, Manager, Technical Services

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