Last week your bloggers received news that Chevron appears to be departing the avgas distribution business. We called Hank Maierhoffer, manager of the Plantation Airpark in Sylvania, Ga., (JYL) who confirmed that his avgas supplier, Chevron, is ending sales of avgas and has covered up his Chevron sign.
They are handing their business over to Phillips66 and have made the transition, Hank reported. It is not known if Chevron will continue producing avgas, or is simply ending its distribution of its branded products.
This is not the first time the company has scaled back its aviation presence. In an AOPA article from May, 2010, the company announced the end of distribution of its products in 27 states.
Since news of Chevron’s decision has not been reported by the aviation media nor officially by the company itself, the extent of this change and decisions behind it remain unknown. Will Chevron continue producing avgas (if it does at all) but is leaving the distribution to others? Was it part of a long-term strategy to end avgas production, as Shell did over 20 years ago? Was it a reaction to the CEH lawsuit in California that includes avgas producers such as Chevron? Was it a consequence of last month’s announcement by Airworthy Autogas of its lead-free mogas?
Can GAfuels readers provide any further details on this decision by Chevron?
What does this say in general about the future viability of the avgas business?