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April 2011 Issue

Avgas Survey: Owners Want 100 Octane

But mogas as a second option has strong support, too. Owners show little interest in 94UL or the engine modifications necessary to burn it.

Imagine a world in which you’re considering an expensive new luxury car, only to be told by the dealer that fuel to run it may be legislated out of existence in five years, but don’t worry, someone will come up with something. This is exactly the conundrum buyers of new aircraft face and, increasingly, so do owners of legacy airplanes considering upgrades such as paint and avionics. We wondered if lack of confidence in future fuel supplies is putting a drag on the market, so we asked. In a survey published on our sister publication, avweb.com, more than 3100 owners and pilots gave us their opinions on the quest for a replacement for 100LL. Among the findings: One in five owners told us they’re definitely delaying any purchases or upgrades and more than half—53 percent—say they’re either on the fence about purchases or definitely not buying until the fuel situation clarifies.

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