U-Fuel has installed one of its “Box” fuel stations at the Lee County-Butters Field Airport (52J) in Bishopville, S.C. The airport took advantage of the new installation to honor the airport’s namesake.
The large flat surfaces of U-Fuel’s recently-patented Box system are ideal for graphics, and the airport took advantage of this, company officials noted. On one side, a picture of the airport’s namesake, World War II B-17 pilot Major Raymond Butters, appears along with a list of his citations. On the other side appears a promotion for the South Carolina Cotton Museum and Lee County Veteran’s Museum located in nearby Bishopville.
“An airport without fuel is at a disadvantage for based and transient traffic,” noted George Roberts, Lee County Airport manager. “The U-Fuel systems gives our customers 24 hour access to fuel without an employee overhead. Our county officials like the facility over a truck system with its limited hours of service, the manpower needed for a trained driver and the liability associated with a fuel truck. Furthermore, the U-Fuel system exceeds the requirement for a complex and costly Storm Water Emergency Plan. The combined advantages of the U-Fuel system makes my job as an airport manager easier.”
Introduced in 2011, U-Fuel’s patented Box systems place all critical components and the fuel tank within a sfire-resistant panel enclosure. Pre-engineered and pre-fabricated, these systems can be trucked to an airport and installed within a few days, according to company officials. They are available as single- or two-product systems with tank capacities from 1,000-10,000 gallons.
For more information: UFuel.comPictured above: Grady Snowden of Florence, S.C, refuels a 1946 Luscombe 8A at Butters Field while on a cross country training flight. Snowden, a Citadel Military College student, was receiving instruction for a taildragger endorsement to his pilot’s license. Looking on is Linda Butters, Lee County Airport Commissioner and widow of Raymond Butters, after whom the airport is named.