Category - Fuel Operations

Bigger, Better Fuel Farm Comes Online at St. Louis Int’l

Bigger, Better Fuel Farm Comes Online at St. Louis Int’l
The new $50 million jet fuel storage facility at St. Louis Lambert International (STL) nearly doubles the airport’s storage capacity to 3 million gallons. The fuel farm, which began operating in August, replaces an aging underground storage tank facility constructed more than 60 years ago.

McCarran & Oakland Int’l Complete Pilot Tests of New Fuel Farm Management Platform

McCarran & Oakland Int’l Complete Pilot Tests of New Fuel Farm Management Platform
Fuel storage facilities at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas and California’s Oakland International Airport (OAK) are using a new cloud-based asset management system to overcome obstacles that plague the entire industry—problems such as a lack of timely, accurate information and multiple software programs that don’t speak to each other.

Improvements to Bulk Fuel Farm at JFK Int’l Include First New Tanks in Almost 50 Years

Improvements to Bulk Fuel Farm at JFK Int’l Include First New Tanks in Almost 50 Years
Beatlemania, bell bottoms and lava lamps. These were all the rage in the ’60s, when most of the bulk fuel farm at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was built. It contains 62 tanks varying from 250,000 to 500,000 gallons each because it was designed for the way airlines worked at the time, with different grades of jet fuel and fuels with different tax status stored separately. But today, with comingled fuel and improved metering technology, the fuel farm is just as outdated as bell bottoms.

Fuel System Upgrades at Mitchell Int’l Benefit Tenant Airlines and Nearby Airports

Fuel System Upgrades at Mitchell Int’l Benefit Tenant Airlines and Nearby Airports
For decades, Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) received its jet fuel from an off-airport Shell storage facility supplied by a pipeline running from Chicago-area refineries up the western shore of Lake Michigan through Milwaukee to Green Bay, WI. But in 2016, the pipeline operator decided to decommission the segment of pipeline north of Milwaukee, and Shell consequently announced plans to sell the facility that supplied all of MKE’s jet fuel.

Expansion at Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Drives Need to Relocate Refueler Station

Expansion at Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Drives Need to Relocate Refueler Station
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is doing the Infrastructure Shuffle. You know the drill: In order to improve one area, you first have to modify another.

New Fuel Farm Increases Efficiency at Great Falls Int’l

New Fuel Farm Increases Efficiency at Great Falls Int’l
A new fuel farm at Great Falls International (GTF) is providing additional fuel capacity, faster delivery and peace of mind about protecting the pristine environment that surrounds the Montana airport. The aboveground facility, which was commissioned in January, replaces a series of underground tanks installed in 1974.

New Orleans Int’l Continues Improvements With Fuel System Upgrades

New Orleans Int’l Continues Improvements With Fuel System Upgrades
While a striking new 972,000-square-foot terminal typically gets the glory when it comes to recent projects at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY), there’s more going on than the $1.029 billion capital improvement program. When operations move to the north side of the airfield this fall, a new hydrant fueling system and fuel farm will begin operating to support them.

Nashville Int’l Upgrades Fuel Farm to Address Recent Growth

Nashville International (BNA)
The traffic profile at Nashville International (BNA) is completely different from what it was two decades ago, and a recent $30 million fuel farm renovation is helping the Tennessee airport handle the dramatic changes.

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.


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