Left Coast Pilot – Avgas, the Cost of Flying and a Gyro Tip

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April 2012

Last year, I was appointed to the Modesto City-County Airport Advisory Committee, a group chartered jointly by the city and county to give advice to the airport manager. We have monthly meetings, the topic of which, I suspect, is probably the same as that for most other General Aviation airports: how to increase revenue, which fell dramatically in the 2008 recession, and has yet to recover to anything like pre-recession levels.

A common complaint in those meetings is the high cost of 100 low lead (100LL) aviation gas. I’ve been told multiple times by different people something along the lines of “five-dollar Avgas is killing General Aviation.” (If that sounds cheap where you live, bear with me).

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