AVgas Prices Past Peak?
$1-Per-Gallon Hikes Not Unusual
The bad news is, you've likely seen the price of avgas zipping upward in the last two weeks, but the good news is, that upward trend seems to have topped out, and by the end of last week many prices were starting to backslide a bit. Paulo Santos, who has been tracking GA fuel costs for eight years at AirNav.com, told AVweb last week that although prices now are the highest he's seen, "At a few FBOs we are now seeing some softening." He cited several examples of FBOs charging $4.50 and up for 100LL midweek that were down to $3.99 by Friday, while some highs still topped $6.00. Overall, of 1,617 FBOs reporting, prices per gallon were up an average of 39.4 cents over two weeks, Santos said. Prices went up $1 or more at 64 FBOs, and the largest increase was $1.69. Prices are changing all the time, but as of Friday the highest price was at Teterboro, just outside New York City, where 100LL was selling for $6.41. But bargains could be found. The lowest prices are hard to track, Santos said, because generally they're found at remote, rural airfields, but he's pretty confident that the $2.60 at Winnsboro, Texas, (F51) is among the very lowest in the country. "It's certainly a lot cheaper than car gas just about anywhere," he said.