$1 avgas experiment to end early

SAN MARCOS, Texas — The $1 a gallon avgas experiment at Redbird Skyport at San Marcos Airport will end Oct. 15, not Oct. 31 as originally planned. That’s because demand for the discounted fuel far exceeded projections.

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The mogas debate

By MICHAEL G. MOONEY

The debate about using mogas in aircraft has been around my entire aviation career. I’m a pilot and love all things aviation, but after 25 years working as an aviation fuel supplier, I have some real concerns about the use of automotive motor gasoline (mogas) in aircraft.

Aviation fuel suppliers are often portrayed as the bad guys due to our strict policy prohibiting the sale of mogas by branded FBOs. I will try to explain what drives this policy. [Read more...]

Details about $1 avgas experiment released

The folks at Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas, are getting a lot of calls and emails about their upcoming $1 a gallon avgas experiment during the month of October. To ensure there’s enough fuel to meet demand, officials have released a few guidelines for the experiment.

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Airport commemorates B-17 pilot through new fuel system

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.

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Swift Fuels opens aviation gasoline blending facility

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More than 100 people attended an event Friday, Sept. 13, to unveil two facilities that could bolster the process to commercialize an unleaded high-octane aviation gasoline called 100SF.

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Airworthy AutoGas prepares for takeoff

Mark Ellery doesn’t understand why aircraft owners “want to purchase fuel at a higher cost” than what he pays for the autogas that fuels his Citabria.

“What I don’t understand is, given the imminent demise of 100LL, and given that autogas is suitable for use, and has been approved for use for over 30 years now, why on earth is all of the focus on identifying and certifying one fuel, 100UL, which, at the end of the day, really only serves 20% of the GA fleet? That sounds like the tail wagging the dog to me.”

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Eastern Fuels selects NATA for training

Eastern Aviation Fuels, the exclusive marketer of Shell branded aviation fuels in the United States, has chosen to partner with the National Air Transportation Association’s NATA Safety 1st to provide training to its branded FBOs.

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Piper fueled by autogas completes cross-country roundtrip

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Piper Aircraft recently flew a Piper Archer powered by 93 octane unleaded automobile gas 2,100 nautical miles roundtrip from Vero Beach, Florida, to Oshkosh, Wis., and back. The Piper Archer was on exhibit at Piper’s EAA AirVenture static aircraft display.

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Aviation fuel sales tax replaced in Indiana

Pilots touching down recently to refuel in Indiana have seen a major change in fuel prices. The aviation fuel sales tax of 60 cents per gallon has been replaced by an aviation fuel excise tax of 10 cents per gallon.

The Indiana General Assembly passed a law that established the new fuel excise tax, which went into effect July 1. As a result, pilots fueling at any of Indiana’s 100 public-use airports can expect to save a 50 cents per gallon as compared to before July 1, according to officials with the Indiana Department of Revenue.

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Georgetown adds mogas

Aviation Fuel Club member Charles McKinney sent us the news this week that the Brown County Airport (KGEO) in Georgetown, Ohio, now has 91 AKI mogas for sale.

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