Airport Managers Guide to Providing Aircraft Fuel Services

For many general aviation airports, it has become increasingly difficult to recruit and retain fixed based operators (FBOs) capable of providing a full range of services, including aircraft fueling. The costs of acquiring and installing refueling equipment prevent many small FBO businesses from starting. Due to a variety of financial and economic barriers, many general aviation airports have lost full-service FBOs. Out of necessity, many general aviation airports are forced to do without such services or consider providing fuel service themselves. Moreover, airports have become more reliant upon self-service fueling systems that are owned and operated solely by the airport sponsor. Many airport operators are unfamiliar with the requirements for selling fuel directly to aircraft owners and operators. Dynamic market conditions and fuel-price volatility complicate the decisions that must be made every day about when prices should change, what price is reasonable to buy/sell fuel, and what factors must be considered to set a price. The goal of airport operators is to generate revenue adequate to cover operating and maintenance costs associated with the fueling system itself as well as potentially other airport operating costs. Fuel purchasing and pricing strategies become critical, but practitioners that make such decisions may not be familiar with how to do so effectively. The objective of this research is a guide for airports that wish to provide fuel service directly to their customers. Guidance would include operational considerations, strategies for buying and selling fuel, and the policies and procedures that must be implemented to provide fuel service to the public in a safe manner.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 01-30

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Start Date: 20150731
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40165

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572155
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 01-30
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2015 1:30AM