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Redbird Skyport Spells Out Rules for $1/Gallon Fuel Experiment

September 19, 2013 - Redbird Skyport has announced some new conditions on its experiment to sell avgas for $1 per gallon at its San Marcos, Texas, facility throughout the month of October.

The incredibly low cost fuel is an experiment by Redbird to measure the extent of fuel price on flying activity.

The $1 per gallon offer still stands, but Redbird Skyport will only fuel standard tanks on an airplane, not temporary or "ferry" tanks. The $1 fuel amount will be restricted to 200 gallons per airplane. Redbird also reserves the right to not sell the $1 fuel to operators that it believes are violating the spirit of the experiment.

Response to the experiment has been so overwhelming that Redbird Skyport management became concerned that their fuel storage capacity would be exhausted before new supplies could be delivered. Redbird also heard about plans by some high-volume operators to divert to San Marcos for the cheap fuel, and of other plans to add large temporary tank capacity to airplanes.

The $1 avgas will be available during Skyport's normal hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day during October. However, given the initial response, it is likely there will be significant delays in pumping fuel into the expected large number of airplanes. If you are in a hurry, Skyport encourages you to pre-register online, or by calling 512-878-6670.

Skyport will collect survey data from pilots to help understand how the price of fuel impacts flying activity, and how fuel costs figure into the overall cost of flying.

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