In the latest good news to reach sport aviators in the Southeast, the Mountain Empire Airport (MKJ), located in a lovely mountain valley in western Virginia, has added 93 AKI ethanol-free, lead-free autogas.
The popular and energetic manager of the airport, Charlie Hoffnagle, described the change: “We have an all-new airport commission that has made a world of difference for us. Local pilots and members of the Mountain Empire Pilots Association fly airplanes that are best run on autogas, which is supplied to us by the Rouse Oil Service of nearby Chillhowie, Virginia. They’ll deliver loads as small as a few hundred gallons.”
According to AirNav, autogas at Mountain Empire sells for $3.95, one of the lowest prices in the nation and good news for pilots in western Virginia or those transiting the area.
The GAfuels Blog is written by two private pilots concerned about the future availability of fuels for piston-engine aircraft: Dean Billing, Sisters, Ore., an expert on autogas and ethanol, and Kent Misegades, Cary, N.C., an aerospace engineer, aviation sales rep for U-Fuel, and president of EAA1114.