RECENT MEMBER COMMENTS
February 6, 2012
Durring the past year (2011) we have established a very dependable fuel source (92 Octane) here in the State of Oregon that mandated 10% Efuel in 2008. Thanks to [AFC Director] Dean Billings we were able to establish a legislation that allowed us first off, to acquire non-Efuel for off-road use and then the next year too, you can burn it if you can find it. In both 2010 and 2011 we sold almost a balanced amount through the year of each year. It is the lifeline of our business and though we had a little problem with our Avgas supplier in the beginning (we are unbranded which we established when we repurchased this FBO after a 22 year span) they have accepted the fact that it doesn't effect them at all. They refused the umbrella insurance until 2011 and then sent us the policy. Small airports that can't sell Jet A, it just seems a must to establish MoGas as a second fuel. We have a 4000 gallon backup tank I installed when our refinery shut down in 2010 to upgrade for higher production of the clear fuel. It is set up as a transfer system and needs only a dispenser to be an independent operating system. I don't need it anymore but can't even sell it. I don't understand the logic of operators on small airports. Larry
- Larry Knox, Lebanon, OR
January 2, 2012
I'm glad to see in the latest newsletter that some recognition for use of autofuel/MOGAS at AirVenture 2012 is being planned. I flew my Piper PA-17 round trip from my home airport to Oshkosh 2011 fueled solely by MOGAS. KGPH-KTVK-KVTI-C47-KOSH-C47-KVTI-KTVK-KGPH Airnav's Fuel Stop Planner was of great assistance in finding a MOGAS route. I hope that there will be some prizes or recognition for longest distance travelled to the event fueled solely by autofuel/mogas, greatest amount of autofuel/mogas purchased or used enroute to Oshkosh, etc. I think it would be beneficial to the interests of the Aviation Fuel Club to promote this type of recognition at other aviation events as well.
- Brett Lovett, Libety, MO
September 6, 2011
Another Summer with E0 Autofuel. Central Maine Regional Airport in Norridgewock Maine has had another successful summer supplying ethanol-free 91 Octane Autofuel to our regional fleet. Although our supply has been tenuous it looks like it is settling into a pattern where we will be able to get the fuel from April to September. In the fall and winter months, the refinery near Montreal, Quebec that supplies our fuel changes their process to meet the different fuel demands for cold weather, and for some reason (which we do not know at this point) means that they are not producing the 91 E0. We just filled our 5000 gal tank and that should help us get through some of the time between now and April and we are going to continue to push to see if we can get it year round. More of the local Aviation, Marine and Rec Vehicles were involved this summer than in the past getting supplies from our same source which is building a critical mass of supply here in Maine so we have seen more momentum swinging to making this a more viable market as well. More info later as it comes up. Mike Willey Central Maine Regional Airport Norridgewock, Maine
- Mike Willey, Norridgewock, ME
July 18, 2011
While on a trip to Portland, Oregon last week I refueled with 91 octane autogas at Lebanon State Airport (S30) in Lebanon, OR. The manager told me he sells 2.5 times as much autogas as 100LL. The plane ran great and I have already passed on the contact information to my local airport manager. I fly a D35 Bonanza E225 with tiptanks. I flew the trip at around 12,500' and 150kts. There was no noticeable difference in performance characteristics with the autogas vs 100LL. I'm looking forward to a time when we are all flying on unleaded autogas.
- Samuel DalSanto, Oceanside, CA
March 15, 2011
I just spoke with Greg at Hick's Oil in Avon Park, Florida. They have 93 octane ethanol-free autogas and are happy to supply airports. Greg does not see any problem getting ethanol-free in the foreseeable future, although it is generally no longer available at gas stations in Florida. Contact Sherri at Hick's Oil at 863-453-8166, http://www.hicksoil.net
- Kent Misegades, Cary, NC
February 26, 2011
I have had recreational fuel delivered to my house and deposited in a 1000 gal tank and also a 500 gal tank by Young Petroleum in Griffin, Ga. My contact there is a gentleman name "John" phone 770 227 6463 or 770 227 6462. They just recently had a name change and I am not sure what it is but the contact and phone numbers are still good.
Young Petroleum, 1160 Meriwether St, Griffin, GA 30224, (770) 227-6462
Also there is an oil company out of Macon, GA that also delivers recreational fuel to the local marina's and they as well delivered me a load to my house from the Dorraville Distribution point. My understanding is that the Fuel Distribution point mixes the ethanol and/or other items to get the correct octane. Also that the Gov. pays the distributor 50 cents a gal to mix ethanol. One of the oil distributor suggested that a few fuel stations around dedicate on of their "PREMIUM" tanks to non ethanol fuel for the local guys to run in their boats, motorcycles or airplanes, but to my knowledge it has not happened. Most gas stations are not that much in tune to the plight of the aircraft owner or they just don't care.
Walthall Oil Company Inc, 2510 Allen Rd Macon, GA 31216, (478) 781-1234
My number is 678 576 7098 if I can be of any assistance. To my knowledge none of the airports have mogas available in GA.
- Doug Medlin, Sharpsburg, GA
February 23, 2011
It is encouraging to hear that someone is doing something positive to promote "pea patch" aviation, by promoting the availability of "0" ethanol mogas. Many potential Light Sport Aircraft prospects are turned off by the fact that the only two fuels readily available have deleterious effects on their engines. Hopefully this movement will spread like wildfire (no pun intended) and have a positive impact on the growth of Light Sport Aircraft.
- Robert Anderson, Saint Cloud, FL
February 18, 2011
Light Sport Aviation is growing rapidly and the majority of Light Sport Aircraft require premium unleaded fuel. Until now cross country flight has been a challenge due to the fact that airports haven't offered alternative fuels. This forces pilots to make off-airport landings just to get fuel. Having ethanol-free premium fuel available at airports is a must because it will increase the safety of Light Sport Aviation and reduce the cost of expensive engine maintenance due to improper fuels.
- Joel Milloway, Blackfoot, ID
February 18, 2011
First, I was not aware of the Kentucky stations until I found the Pure-Gas.org link on your site. And, the Conoco station at Byrdstown is on my way to where we keep our boat at Dale Hollow, Willow Grove Marina, and I drive the truck in lieu of the car. Also, it is fresh gas (high turnover) and it is 93 octane which is a point higher than what is offered at the Russell Springs location.
- Dan Yeast, Frankfort, KY
February 14, 2011
I was planning to fly my Zenith 701 from Frankfort, Ky to Las Vegas, Nevada this May (2011). My aircraft is powered by a Rotax 912S which requires a minimum 91 octane unleaded fuel to operate properly. Minimal amounts of 100LL may be used, however, if used more than 10% of the time it can create problems within the engine and gearbox. While planning the trip using Airnav to locate mogas available at airports along the route, it became readily apparent that it would be impossible to locate it. What few airports that have it only have 87 octane and in the southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada) I was unable to identify any airports with mogas. Therefore, I abandoned this trip. I do have 93 octane ehtanol-free mogas that I store at my home, but I have to buy it retail in Tennessee and transport it back.
- Dan Yeast, Frankfort, KY
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