Last June, Cessna 150 owner Mark “Prigs” Priglmeier, president of EAA Chapter 551 in St. Cloud, Minn., estimated that he’d save around $800 annually using mogas. He just sent us the following description of the actual savings from 2012, which were nearly twice his original estimate:
“For the year ending 2012, I burned a total of 1,052 gallons of mogas in my Cessna 150. (Yeah, I know…what can I say, I love to recreational aviate.) It was on a rare occasion that I used 100LL. I would say I used 100LL just a handful of times where mogas was unavailable. Other than that, for the most part it was straight mogas. I built a new engine in January 2012 and I must say my ship has been running flawlessly. I have been operating in all temperature ranges here in the Midwest with mogas. At least what the Midwest will throw at you anyway.”
“So lets put things into perspective: In my local area throughout 2012, it appeared 100LL averaged between $1-$2 higher per gallon than mogas. So let’s look at some figures…
1052 gallons @
$2/gal less than 100LL: Annual savings of $2,104
$1.50/gal less than 100LL: Annual savings of $1,578
Now even if mogas was only $1/gal less than 100LL (which was rare), the savings still would have been over $1,000! Now from a recreational aviator’s point of view and when you are not getting paid to fly, this is a significant chunk of change!
Hmm…now what to do with those extra bucks? Aircraft or pilot supplies, cover the expense of an annual, take a vacation, engine rebuild fund? Better yet, MORE mogas for the plane…yep, that’s the ticket!”
Mark confirms what common sense tell us — if you want to sell more of something, lower its cost. If pilots are to fly more, the cost of flying has to be reduced. Using mogas whenever possible provides the vast majority of piston-engine pilots with this possibility. Thanks Prigs!