June 2005 Issue

First Word: 06/05

Diamond’s Delayed Diesels
I don’t know if 2005 will become a watershed year in the world of general aviation but my instinct tells me a sea change—a big one—is afoot. A couple of weeks ago, I got an alarmed e-mail from a Cessna 210 owner who was shocked at having paid $5 a gallon for avgas in Teterboro, New Jersey. While that price is an anomaly in a world of $3 avgas, it portends a trend we had all better get used to. Escalating avgas prices were much on the mind of vendors at Sun ‘n Fun in April and the fact that the show was lightly attended and we saw little in the way of new products this year suggests a certain lack of confidence.

High fuel prices might not threaten th...

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