One of the positive aspects of dealing with aviation fuels is that concerns are politically bi-partisan among pilots, the media and even among elected officials. A recent example of this is an article on leaded aviation fuel written by Sarah Zhang, a contributing writer for Mother Jones, a magazine that describes itself as “a news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting.”
Titled “Leaded Fuel Is a Thing of the Past—Unless You Fly a Private Plane”, Zhang’s article does a good job of covering the main issues of the debate surrounding the future of leaded aviation fuel.
She contacted your bloggers and other leading spokespeople on the issue, resulting in a balanced portrayal of the topic.
Since most of the non-flying public reacts with shock at the news of aviation’s continued use of a substance that was banned from vehicle use two decades ago, such articles are important to describe our unusual predicament and need for more time to find a solution that protects the environment, as well as the tens of thousands of jobs in our country tied to general aviation.