LOU FBO offers Kentucky Derby specials

Louisville Executive Aviation - Busy Derby Day 2011 - 2

The world’s fastest thoroughbreds will Run for the Roses at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, but a few miles from Churchill Downs the race started early for Louisville Executive Aviation, as the FBO readied to handle four times its usual weekend traffic.

Celebrities, horse owners and racing fans in some 300 aircraft from Los Angeles to Dubai are expected to fly into Bowman Field (LOU) for the derby, known as “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.”

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The FBO fuel sales model is broken and anti-competitive

In almost every article about the future of leaded avgas, this statement appears, “… only one fuel will be stocked by the FBO system.” This particular quote comes from a reply by Mac McClellen to Todd Petersen in Mac’s latest Left Seat blog on the EAA’s website. You will also find it in almost every article and editorial from any aviation alphabet organization about the modern state of 100LL avgas.

My question is why are FBO’s the sole determinant of fuel sales on an airport? The answer is because of an obsolete view of what an FBO should do.

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