Pilots in east-central Georgia have reason to fly more in 2013 since the East Georgia Regional Airport (SBO) in Swainsboro added mogas recently.
Contrary to claims from Michael France, director of regulatory affairs for the corporate FBO lobby NATA, that “fuel suppliers believe the market does not support the costs associated with making mogas or any other fuel available alongside 100LL avgas,” the cost of adding a second fuel option for piston planes was not a factor at Swainsboro, an airport where fewer than a dozen aircraft are currently based.
Robert Barker, manager of the airport’s FBO, AirStar Flight Support, explains the reason for the change: “We had watched our fuel sales decrease as fuel prices went up. We were approached by several local pilots about adding mogas as an alternative. I researched the fuel and decided to add it to see what kind of response we get from the aviation community. We look forward to having it available and welcome new customers to stop in and visit.”
SBO now offers all three aviation fuels, mogas, avgas and Jet-A from self-service fuel systems. The current price of mogas there is $4.25, sure to result in area pilots flying more and the airport becoming a popular place to top-off during cross-country flights in the Southeast.