Category - Fuel Operations

New Fuel Facility at South Texas Int'l

After a decade of surging traffic, South Texas International Airport (EBG) needed to upgrade its fueling operations to keep customers streaming in. So that's just what Airport Manager Debora Melvin did.

Old Crow Airport Enjoys Community's New Fuel Depot

Fuel is more than a revenue stream at Old Crow Airport (YOC) in Canada's Yukon Territory; it's the very lifeblood of the region. Located north of the Arctic Circle, the small community of Old Crow is only accessible by air. When the local government recently replaced the aging fuel farm that supplies crucial heating and automotive fuel to the community's 250 aboriginal residents, YOC's ability to store and deliver aircraft fuel was also improved.

Dallas Love Field Fuels Up for Post-Wright Amendment Traffic

In October, the last eight of 20 new gates at Dallas Love Field (DAL) opened for business. To service the new gates, the Dallas Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines partnered to install an $11.6 million fuel hydrant system. Both projects were carefully timed to coincide with the much-anticipated expiration of the Wright Amendment.

Contingency Planning Saves Tucson Int'l Time & Money on New Apron Project

Over the past decade, the main terminal apron at Tucson International Airport (TUS) was beginning to require heavy maintenance. Cracking pavement was creating debris and the subsequent risk of foreign object damage for aircraft engines. Maintenance personnel at the Arizona airport were consequently spending a lot of time patching the approximately 50-year-old pavement.

Memphis Int'l Finances Fuel Farm Upgrades

Airport officials expect crews to finish an $8 million fuel facility initiative at Memphis International (MEM) by the end of summer. The project is designed to ensure an ample, reliable fuel supply for the Tennessee airport that accommodates more than 6 million annual passengers and serves as a hub for Delta Air Lines.

Fast-Track Fuel Farm Expansion is Team Effort at Atlanta Int'l

One of the hallmarks of any good team is players who give due credit to their teammates. And airport project teams are no exception, as demonstrated by the crew that pulled off an $8 million expansion of the fuel farm at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) two weeks early and under budget.

Best Practices for Fuel Safety Inspection

One of the challenges facing all but the smallest airports is ensuring compliance with FAA fuel safety regulations 14 CFR 139.321. Often, management tasks the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) or Operations Department with performing quarterly audits of fueling agents to ensure that the specific requirements (listed in paragraphs b through h) are met.

Texas Helps General Aviation Airports Upgrade Fuel Systems

Airport Manager Alf Vien snagged a major bargain for Cleveland Municipal Airport before he retired earlier this year. The single-runway nontowered Texas airport recently installed a new fuel system, complete with a 6,000- gallon above- ground Avgas tank and self-service pumps, for $200,000; but Vien spent only $50,000 of municipal funds to purchase it. A program administered by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) provided the $150,000 difference.

Miami Int'l Ups Safety of Fuel Farm After Devastating Fire

Miami International Airport (MIA) reached a significant and cathartic milestone in recovering from a fire that destroyed its North Pump Pad when the airport's permanent replacement farm began pumping fuel in September. Although the root cause of the fire in still under investigation, MIA has moved on at a swift, decisive pace.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Eyes Future With New Fueling Facility

When an airport constructs a new fuel farm, it's generally because the old one is hampered by outdated technology or has reached the end of its useful life. That wasn't the case at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Its late-1990s Terminal 2-Humphrey Tank Farm was still pumping jet-A and mogas (automotive fuel) effectively, but the facility needed to be removed to make room for future airside and landside expansion.

New Pipeline Fuels Memphis' Planes and Pockets

The recent expansion of FedEx Corp.'s hydrant system to the former Air National Guard ramp at Memphis International Airport (MEM) is the latest in a series of fuel farm expansions and has been a boon to both the carrier and its headquarters airport.

Self-Serve Fuel Sales Keep

Burlington Municipal Airport (BUU) in southeastern Wisconsin is a rare breed: a self-sustaining general aviation airport that's turning a profit.

McCarran Int'l Boosts Fuel Storage Capacity to Keep Pace With Traffic Growth

In 2008, McCarran International Airport ranked 6th in the world for aircraft movements, with nearly 579,000 takeoffs and landings. It also ushered a record 44 million passengers through its terminal.

Quad City Int'l Assumes Refueling Responsibility & Builds New Fuel Farm

When Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline, IL, lost one of its six air carriers in 2003, it gained a new profit center in the process.

Long Island Airport Triples Fuel Capacity with New Storage Complex

Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) in New York was under the gun to replace two single-wall 20,000-gallon underground fuel storage tanks by the end of 2009. The Town of Islip, which owns and operates ISP, needed a plan to keep Suffolk County comfortable by decommissioning the tanks; but it also needed to prevent a 40% decrease in the airport's fuel storage capacity.

Self-Serve Fuel Fills Special Needs at General Aviation Airports

Self-service fueling has been a fixture at general aviation airports for decades, but some within the specialized sector say its heyday may be just over the horizon.

Joint-Use Airport Completed Fuel Farm & Re-Groups For New Business

After spending approximately $8 million to construct a new fuel farm, March Inland Port Airport (MIP) in Riverside, CA, is in the unenviable position of searching for tenants to use its new facilities.

Oakland Int'l Contends with Wetlands, Endangered Species & Seismic Risk at New Fuel Farm

"Building a fuel tank farm isn't sexy; it just needs to be done," says Tom McCartin, chairman of Oakland Fuel Facilities Corporation (OFFC) at California's Oakland International Airport. With 15 carriers uploading an estimated 117 million gallons of jet fuel in 2009, it was simply time to replace the aging fuel farms, McCartin explains.

Airport Growth Prompts Fueling

With approximately 1,600 aircraft operations each day and well over 40 million passengers each year, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) has undergone a number of expansions to keep up with its traffic. As PHX added gates, concourses and terminals, its fueling facilities steadily expanded behind the scenes, too - most recently with the installation of a fifth storage tank for $600,000.

American Creates New Model for JFK Fueling Systems

American Airlines unveiled its new $1.3 billion Terminal 8 at New York City's JFK International Airport last year with little mention of the new, state-of-the-art fueling system it completed at the same time.

New Tanks and Off-Loading Stations Fuel Growth in Fort Myers

Soon after Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers opened its new 28-gate terminal in 2005, planning began for a new fuel facility. The result was a $6 million, three-year project designed to increase fueling capacity, efficiency and safety while updating existing facilities to evolving environmental regulations.



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