August 2010 Issue
Unleaded AvGas: What’s This Gonna Cost?
With no lead, future avgas should be cheaper, right? Maybe yes, maybe no. Lead is less the cost driver than low volume and lack of competition.
Not 10 seconds after Wilbur cracked up the Flyer that cold December morning at Kitty Hawk, Orville must have asked, "what’s this gonna cost me?" And we’ve been asking ever since, never more so than now as the future of 100LL hangs in the uncertain balance between readily available and extinction. As potential replacements loom hazily on the horizon—and frankly, there aren’t many of them—it’s fair to start asking what they might cost. Or to cynically turn the question on its head: Does anyone have the first clue?
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