Originally Posted by PRE911
I was lucky enough to get a demo ride in the new RV-14 about 2 months ago at KCCR. I had only been in a RV-6 before that eight years ago.
I was really impressed with it (the 14). I have been dreaming of it ever since.
My concern is the availability of 100LL in a few years, about the time I would probably finnish the 14 if I do in fact start one.
The 100LL issue does have me a little worried. Any comments??
This topic has been discussed in great depth in pretty much all of the main stream aviation publications.
The likelihood of 100LL going away with nothing to take its place is extremely remote. This happening would cripple general aviation in the U.S as we know it.
Pretty much all flight training would come to a stop (rotor and fixed wing). Nearly all smaller size charter and cargo business would stop. A lot of aerial survey and photograph activity would stop. A large percentage of personal aircraft would be grounded...etc., etc.
The primary concern shouldn't be whether an alternate fuel is available, it should be "will any of us be able to afford it".
Even that issue will not stop those who really have a passion to fly there RV. A large percentage of engines powering RV's today could use 91UL auto fuel if needed (and many already do). Those that can't, could pretty easily be modified to do so. That is one of the benefits to us not having to use a certificated engine meeting the requirements of a type certificate.