Pilots in west central Idaho and eastern Oregon have cause for celebration: The Payette Municipal Airport (S75) in Payette, Idaho, added 91 AKI ethanol-free, lead-free autogas last month. Currently priced at $4.10, the fuel is more than a dollar less expensive than 100LL, both fuels being sold from the airport’s self-service fuel station.
Mary Cordova, the airport’s manager, commented on the decision to add autogas: “We have a very active airport authority who prefer using autogas in their own aircraft and knew that it would be popular to area pilots. Although we do not have an FBO, we do provide a courtesy car at our airport, which is located next to the 18-hole Scotch Pines Golf Course with a very nice restaurant, Mulligan’s. We just completed a new overlay on our runway, which we’ll be lengthening in the coming year. There is also interest in developing a residential airpark.”
Congratulations to Mary Cordova and her fellow airport commissioners on taking action to lower the cost of flying and reducing aviation’s use of leaded fuel.
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.