Million Air expects its newest, and 29th, FBO to be open at the Gulfport-Biloxi (Miss.) International Airport by the end of next month, company officials said earlier this week during a media tour of the brand-new facility. The $12 million, 52,000-sq-ft building, which is currently “about 90 percent” complete, sits on a nine-acre site with more than 200,000 sq ft of ramp space.
Always looking for new ways to serve customers, Wilson Air Center founder Robert Wilson came up with the idea to modify fuel trucks so that they can display fuel delivered in pounds as well as gallons. Wilson flies his own turbine-powered airplanes and is familiar with the errors that can occur when converting gallons to pounds during fuel purchases.
Chuck Greenwood, a Phillips 66 dealer in Ponca City, Okla., has instituted a unique pricing structure for jet operators. They can buy fuel at his cost, then pay a flat $100 fee for any amount up to the first 1,000 gallons and 10 cents per gallon for any amount greater than 1,000 gallons.
The $2.43-per-gallon average price of jet-A in the U.S. last month represented a two-cent decrease from $2.45 a gallon in mid-June, with the highest price reported as $3.47 a gallon at one or more FBOs in the Northeast, a significant 20-cent decrease from the $3.67 high in mid-June, according to a survey of more than 1,770 FBOs by Fillup Flyer Fuel Finder in Cincinnati.
The average price of jet fuel in the U.S. is edging upward, according to two independent surveys. Within the lower 48 states, Fillup Flyer Fuel Finder (www.fillupflyer.com) reported that the average price in late March was $2.63 a gallon, up about 15 cents since January. The highest price found by Fuel Finder was $4.15 a gallon in the Southeast region.
The average price of a gallon of jet-A at U.S. FBOs in mid-December was $2.48 to $2.51, according to two independent surveys of hundreds of FBOs. This average nearly matches the average reported over the last several months. AirNav (www.airnav.com/fuel/report/html) reported finding the least costly fuel ($1.50 a gallon) at one or more FBOs in the Central and Great Lakes areas.
In the midst of the overwhelming technology that drives much of the business at HAI’s Heli-Expo, it’s sometimes refreshing to find equipment that performs best because of its simplicity.
Take Erickson’s S-64 Air-Crane. It’s sophisticated where it needs to be, yet simple where technology is not required, with 9,000 or more shaft horsepower, payloads of up to 25,000 pounds and a decades-old reputation.