Musical chairs is a fun school-age game. Music is played while people walk and dance around chairs that total one fewer than those in the game. When the music stops, everyone must grab a chair and sit down. The person left standing is out. One chair is removed and the music starts again.
This process is repeated until there are just two players and one chair. When the music stops, the two battle for that last chair. The last person standing loses.
As of Aug. 30, 2021, the general aviation industry is left standing in the leaded fuel version of musical chairs.
According to an AP News story, “Algeria stopped providing leaded gas last month [July], prompting the U.N. Environment Agency to declare the ‘official end’ of its use in cars, which has been blamed for a wide range of human health problems.”
Algeria, a country in northern Africa along the Mediterranean Sea, was our last partner in the game. No longer.
Also from the story: “Leaded gas is still used in aviation fuel for small planes, an issue that Janet McCabe, deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the EPA was working with the FAA to address.”
The problem with musical chairs is that when the music stops, at the end of the game, everyone knows the only one left standing.
I can only imagine that pressure on the general aviation industry will intensify in the wake of this announcement.