Commodities can lower the cost of flying

Posted on October 22nd, 2012 by

Commodities, by one definition, are “mass-produced unspecialized products.” Typical traded commodities include grain, coffee, sugar, pork bellies, feeder cattle, industrial and precious metals, natural gas and oil. They are produced worldwide in enormous quantities, resulting in most cases in far... Continue Reading →


9I0 and HLM add mogas

Posted on October 18th, 2012 by

Pilots in the Midwest have received some good news amidst the rising cost of avgas in recent months. Both the Havana Regional Airport (9I0, Havana, Ill.) and the Park Township Airport (HLM, Holland, Mich.) started mogas sales in recent months. Continue Reading →


Fuel prices – How high will they go?

Posted on October 8th, 2012 by

With vehicle fuel prices surging across the country, pilots are also feeling the pain at the airport pump, with the price for a gallon of  avgas averaging more than $6 in every region, as reported by the website According... Continue Reading →

Self-service saves

Posted on September 20th, 2012 by

Being well into the second half-century of my life, I vividly recall how, in 1973, the OPEC oil embargo, knee-jerk government-imposed price controls and the subsequent shortage of gasoline wreaked havoc on our nation’s economy. On my 16th birthday of... Continue Reading →


Triple Tree and the Sport Aviation Association

Posted on September 4th, 2012 by

September 5-9 marks the dates for this year’s Triple Tree Aerodrome Fly-In near Woodruff, S.C., your blogger’s favorite sport aviation event of the year.  Compared by many old-timers to the famed Rockford EAA conventions from years past, Triple Tree has... Continue Reading →

Stating the obvious: Higher fuel costs reduce flying

Posted on August 29th, 2012 by

GAfuels readers won’t be surprised by the conclusions of a new study from MIT graduate student Kamala I. Shetty: Higher fuel prices lead to less flying. The study, “CURRENT AND HISTORICAL TRENDS IN GENERAL AVIATION IN THE UNITED STATES,” included... Continue Reading →

Ethanol under fire, on fire

Posted on August 28th, 2012 by

Ethanol producers have found themselves under more pressure than ever in recent months, with numerous efforts afoot to grant waivers or even repeal the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) production mandates encompassed in the EISA 2007 Act that have resulted in... Continue Reading →

Four more airports offer mogas

Posted on August 26th, 2012 by

News reached your bloggers in recent days of four more airports that now offer lead-free, ethanol-free mogas: Hendricks County Airport – Gordon Graham Field (2R2), Indianapolis, IN Mifflintown Airport (P34), Mifflintown, PA Clarke County Airport (23M), Quitman, MS Putnam County... Continue Reading →


Unleaded to Oshkosh

Posted on August 13th, 2012 by

The dust has literally settled in Oshkosh, and there was a good deal of it on the first days of AirVenture 2012 when high temperatures and winds turned the headquarters of U2OSH — Unleaded to Oshkosh — into a blast... Continue Reading →

Response to Cessna Pilots article on avgas

Posted on June 20th, 2012 by

The June 2012 issue of the Cessna Pilots Association Magazine featured an article from Jim Cavanagh titled “Get the Lead Out!”  The third part in a series, it dealt with alternatives to 100LL. While it includes a good review of... Continue Reading →