Pilots in the Pacific Northwest are enjoying lower-cost fuel and reduced lead problems ever since Arlington Flight Services at the Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) added aviation-grade, 92 AKI mogas earlier this month. As many know, this airport hosts the annual Arlington Fly-In each July, one of the largest sport aviation events in the country. The availability of mogas at next year’s event is sure to encourage more to attend.
Lucas Smith, Director of Flight Operations at Arlington Flight Services, sent us the following comments on the reasons for adding more options for aviation fuel in Arlington:
“In developing our plan for the growth and future of Arlington Flight Services we identified several key areas that needed to be addressed. One of these areas was the installation of a ramp area and fuel tanks. In exploring our options with the fuel system we asked for and received a good deal of feedback regarding ethanol-free auto fuel. In our analysis of the aircraft fleet based at KAWO, as well as aircraft operating from nearby airports, we believed there was a substantial demand for this type of fuel.”
Two frequent arguments made against mogas are lack of supply and the cost of additional fuel equipment. Neither was a major issue for Arlington Flight Services, located in a part of the country where ethanol free ‘pump gas’ at gas stations can be difficult to find.
“We did not encounter any difficulty in finding a supplier. We selected a local supplier, Nelson Petroleum, based out of Everett, Wash. The tanks for the mogas and 100LL were custom built for our application. Funding of the project was through private means. Both the mogas and 100LL are self-serve 24-7. So far the reaction has been very positive and sales have been increasing since the commissioning. We expect a gradual build up in sales volume as word gets out.”
By coincidence, the publication Aviation Consumer is running a survey on aviation fuels that asks many questions related to the interest in various aviation fuel options, especially mogas. We encourage readers to participate in this survey.