Why gas prices aren’t dropping

Your bloggers have frequently reported that our country is now the largest producer of natural gas. We’re a net exporter of refined gasoline and it’s estimated that we will be the world’s largest producer of crude oil by 2020.  As a result of the ongoing economic malaise and the continued improvement of gas mileage (primarily a consequence of high fuel prices, not government fiat), fuel consumption has dropped dramatically over the past decade. Economics 101 tells us that as production increases, and consumption drops, surpluses are created, driving prices down. This is true, however, only in a free market free of government meddling.

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Arlington adds mogas

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.

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Purdue jet to fly to Oshkosh on biofuel

OSHKOSH — Pilots from Purdue University will fly the university’s Embraer Phenom 100 jet to AirVenture on Friday, Aug. 2, powered in part by a biofuel. One of the jet’s twin Pratt & Whitney engines will be filled with conventional jet aviation fuel, while the other will contain a biofuel blend prepared by the U.S. Air Force.

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DIY fuel trailers

GAfuels blogger Dean Billing is nearing completion of his RANS S-7S, which will be powered by a mogas-burning Jabiru engine. With the fuel not being available at his airport in central Oregon, he decided to construct a fuel trailer to haul it from his supplier to his hangar.

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Phillips 66 Aviation introduces credit card with fuel rewards for GA pilots

OSHKOSH – The nation’s largest network of branded FBOs, Phillips 66 Aviation, is launching a new credit card for pilots that provides opportunities for triple WingPoints Rewards and double Young Eagles Fuel Rebates.

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Dual fuel aircraft to be unveiled at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH – Airplane manufacturer Aviat Aircraft and Minneapolis-based Aviation Foundation of America will unveil the first dual fuel, piston powered aircraft to operate on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and aviation gasoline at this year’s AirVenture.

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Continental: Jet-A and mogas fuel the future

In AVweb’s recent article on the acquisition of Thielert by AVIC, the parent company of Continental Motors, Rhett Ross, CEO of Continental, expressed the reality that your bloggers have reported on for the past several years: ” … Continental said it wanted multiple solutions to accommodate both a global market and a U.S. market that steadfastly refuses to decide on fuel preferences in a world market that already has: Jet A and mogas.”

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Phillips 66 Aviation to celebrate 20 years of Young Eagles fuel rebates

OSHKOSH, Wis. – This week at AirVenture, Phillips 66 Aviation is celebrating 20 years of providing fuel rebates to Young Eagles pilots, who volunteer their time, aircraft and money to introduce young people to the joys of flight.

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Fly unleaded to EAA AirVenture 2013

Despite the positive reaction to our ‘Unleaded to Oshkosh‘ event from 2012, lower-cost, lead-free mogas will still not be available at AirVenture 2013. As we reported in 2011, there are multiple nearby options for those who prefer the fuel. Below is a list of 10 airports within a 75-mile radius of KOSH where mogas is offered for sale.

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Oil companies demand end to ethanol mandates

As described in our March 10 article, it is generally accepted that fuel companies hit the so-called blending wall this past winter, a situation where EPA blending mandates cannot be fulfilled, even if every drop of gasoline contains 10% ethanol by volume. This has unleashed the unintended consequence of RIN (Renewable Identification Number) speculation, as described in this article from the oil industry newsletter Platts.

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