NATA Wants Fuel-Pump Rules Clarified

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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) says rules for aviation self-fuel pumps need to be rewritten because some FBOs in Alabama have been sanctioned for violating rules that NATA says are not necessary for aviation operations. Current legal standards for weights and measures require that all self-fuel dispensers display the price per gallon and the amount of fuel pumped during a particular transaction, but most airport fuel pumps don't work that way. NATA says the rules should be changed so aviation vendors can be in compliance without having to replace their current equipment, which is already adequate to provide the information required by the legal standards. FBOs should be allowed to display the price per gallon on a sign on top of the fuel pump, next to the fuel pump or inside the FBO, NATA says. The number of gallons pumped is shown on the meter, and the total purchase price can be found at the end of the transaction on the credit-card receipt. The proposal will be considered by the Southern Weights and Measures Association Specifications & Tolerance Committee at a meeting this week, NATA said.