M08 adds mogas

BOLIVAR, Tenn. — Mogas has been added as a new product line at the Hardeman County Airport (M08) in west Tennessee, otherwise known as Whitehurst Field in Bolivar.

“Thanks to the good fortune of our new fuel facility yielding a spare tank,” according to airport manager Dennis O’Connor, “there was only minimal cost to now add mogas and fill a void in the mid-south region.”

According to research developed by the county’s airport committee, the nearest airport for mogas in the general area of Memphis has been Murray, Kentucky (KCEY).

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA“And,” as O’Connor notes, “the airport there is 93 nautical miles from Bolivar. Our location will make access easier, and it will make sense, too; we’re offering 93-octane mogas at the same price of $4.65. I’m thinking 93 is a lucky number.”

M08 is the site of the former Bolivar Aviation, a flight school with a program that was mostly populated by international students until 1993.The airport has largely been dormant since. However, local leadership launched an extensive improvement program in 2008, extending the runway to 5,000 feet, adding T-hangars and, in April of this year, opening a new 24/7 fuel depot with Jet-A added to 100LL. Operations and occupancy have gradually increased and a new turbine tenant is set to arrive in December, according to O’Connor.

Improvements at M08 have been assisted with federal grants from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). While the program does not typically cover fuel depots, AIP in Tennessee is administered by the Aeronautics Division of the state’s Department of Transportation in a “block grant” program sponsored by the FAA, allowing an extra margin of discretion for grant-supported projects.

“In addition,” added O’Connor, “Tennessee has long been aviation-friendly, not just because FedEx is in Memphis, and significant airline and corporate operations are in Nashville. Airports are a front door even for the smaller towns, and the state has been gracious in its help for our town’s airport because our county is one of Tennessee’s more economically-distressed locations.”

Comments

  1. Yeah, Jack.
    The lawyers and “liability concerns” can squash almost any good idea.

    We were lucky to convert our 80/87 octane tank to mogas.
    We sold mogas since 1984 until present.
    We have never had a misfueling event.
    Apparently even the dumbest pilots can decipher numbers even if they can’t make out words.

  2. Great news for availability of Mogas. If they do have it priced the same as 100LL they could generate some interesting statistics as well. What would be the number of transactions and amount of fuel pumped for the two types of gasoline? It could be interesting what numbers would be with the same cost so the choice would be made on fuel type alone. If Mogas were cheaper the question should be how much price difference is needed to affect sales/usage? I understand that their concern is fuel sales, but this puts them in an excellent position to generate the data. The data would help with the future planing for their fuel farm, as well as the usage demographics, (causal factors), for airport operations,(operation numbers affecting grant funding).

  3. The more we can get these systems spaced out close to centers of traffic, East West North South, the better off all of us are. Thanks to foresighted FBOs like this there is hope for the future of the 80% of us that fly small planes that can be or are STC’d for mogas.

    • Jack Kenton says:

      When 80/87 went away, we had an extra tank at Compton (CPM) which is run by the County of Los Angeles. It was filled with 100LL as an extra tank. We had some discussion of selling MOGAS using that tank. The naysayers quoted supplier problems (getting mogas w/o ethanol in CA), suppliers of 100LL being against any such thing, and then arguments about liability. (Some believed that mogas could be mistakenly pumped into a plane requiring 100LL and create an avgas/jet fuel hazard.)

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