One of the most picturesque flying routes down the eastern U.S. coast is over North Carolina’s spectacular Outer Banks. Pilots making the trip now have an even greater reason to overfly the northern end of the Banks since the Currituck County Regional Airport added lead-free, ethanol free autogas last month.
According to Airport Commissioner Ed Ish, “We wanted to do something to increase flying activity and decided to get autogas back onto our airfield. We found a supplier in Jernigan Oil of Ahoski, N.C.”
Jim Elliott, retired USCG pilot and the airport’s manager, reported that the fuel is 93AKI and is initially priced at $4.49 from the airport’s self-service fuel station. Avgas sells for $5.35 at the same airport.
Congratulations to Jim Elliott and Ed Ish for providing a more affordable, lead-free aviation fuel to the many pilots on the east coast who can burn it. You’ll find this airport among those listed here, as well as on an interactive map, both maintained by GAfuels blogger Dean Billing.
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.
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