Heard Of Any Avgas Shortages?

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The only thing that moves faster than the aviation rumor mill, it seems, is the price of avgas. Over the past few months, AVweb has been getting sporadic reports about shortages of 100 LL. In every case, the issue seemed localized and short-lived but we’ve had enough of them to wonder if these are the first signs of a larger problem. Drop us a line at newstips@avweb.com if you (or the FBO where you get your fuel) have had any supply problems and what, if any, are the explanations for them. We’d also like to know what’s happening with fuel prices. Crude topped $90 a barrel last week and, although it will be weeks before any of that oil is turned into avgas, some suppliers started hiking prices immediately. We’ve heard of overnight increases of as much as 60 cents a gallon in some areas and we suspect it won’t be long before everyone is digging a lot deeper.