January 2008 Issue

First Word: 01/08

General aviation seems to be always girding for the next big fight for its survival. If itís not user fees, security restrictions or fuel prices, itís the constant rear-guard action against local airport closures. For 2008 and beyond, the epic battle may be over the continued availability of 100LL avgas. Environmental groups have revived the effort to have the Environmental Protection Agency regulate 100LL out of existence. At the risk of being labeled a tree-hugging heretic, I wonít mind a bit if EPA finally agrees that leaded avgas has to go. Letís look at this rationally. First, although no one could argue that leaded fuels are remotely green, itís also true that avgas represents such a tiny slice of the worldís refined fuel supplies that the volume of lead is miniscule.

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