Industry News

July 2010 Issue

Engines of Change: Fuel’s Driving (Or Not)

Lycoming and Continental have very different visions of what should replace 100LL. But both agree on one thing: Persistent delay threatens the industry.

To visit Lycoming and Continental, as we did last month, is to step into a disconnected world that almost qualifies as an alternate reality. And no, were not resurrecting the hackneyed complaint that the engine companies are out of touch with the wants and needs of their customers. Its the other way around. While the world of piston GA drifts along in business-as-usual mode, the engine makers see a looming cliff defined by the extinction of 100LL and no one is tapping the brakes. Panic may be too strong, but if no universal fuel replacement emerges two years from now, it may be too mild.

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