Category - Fuel Operations

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When an airport constructs a new fuel farm, it's generally because the old one is hampered by outdated technology or has reached the end of its useful life.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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