You all have good points but I will have to say that better studies with real science on how 100LL fuel affects humans and the environment could help the Av Gas issue.
Compare this to the costs nationwide of retrofitting aircraft with high compression engines with something (fuel) new, and-- you won't be flying--you will be waiting for an FAA official to approve your conversions for about five years, if ever.(The FAA has openly stated that it is not prepared to certify conversions)
And yes this should have been done by the aviation groups that we so eagerly support with our membership dues. What the hell were they waiting for? Now that the other shoe has finally dropped by the ANPRM and the EPA, I am getting requests in the mail to donate more money to them (EAA and AOPA) for action against the EPA AvGas issue to approach Congress.
I think it would be more expedient to put that money into converting my Corvair engine (that uses mogas) for my homebuilt than to **** it away to a bunch of do nothing aviation organization administrators who let this issue slip between their fingers three years ago.
And as for Mr. Palmer's statement about "GA has always had cost issues," look at how the FAA, EAA, AOPA, USUA and ASC handled the Sport Pilot ELSA LODA issue.
They took the cheapest possible way to fly for fun and regulated it into a corner that now demands that Sport Pilot instructors use $50,000- $150,000 aircraft that previously as (Part 103 vehicles) cost $15,000-$30,000. Even though they have viable aircraft to use now. This is a moronic cost issue for sure.
Do you really trust that this will be any different? Ahhhh not me.
Yes, it's lack of expedient action and a cohesive group action that has allowed "our" government to be legally manipulated by environmentalist entities. What should we do about it now?
Perhaps what we need now is some pro-bono work by aviation attornies in our community to represent us...? Any volunteers?
If not I expect that the next move by environmental groups will be to issue a similar "run of the gauntlet" on two-cycle and diesel engines.
Has anyone noticed how Europe has regulated general aviation out of the air and onto the tie-down ramp?
I am not angry about this, I am mad as hell!
WE are next.