AOPA: FBOs Now Publishing GA Fees

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An ongoing effort by AOPA and some GA industry allies has met with some success—Signature, the biggest FBO in the U.S., with about 200 locations, is now publishing its fees online, at least for piston aircraft. “This is a step in the right direction,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. AOPA’s staff review of the posted fees found they vary according to airport size. Big busy airports charge higher handling fees, such as $49 for a single, $99 for a light twin piston and $149 for a heavy twin piston, while smaller GA airports charge $29, $39 and $49. Fees also tend to be lower at fields with more than one FBO, AOPA found.

“We are not done here,” said Baker. “Fee transparency for all categories of aircraft and alternative access are critical to the protection of general aviation. This is a small victory for GA pilots. I look forward to working with FBOs and the FAA as we strive to improve the state of general aviation for all.” The rates for individual FBOs can be found at Signature’s website.

Comments (3)

Signature's publishing of their fees only confirms what we already knew; that they don't really want small GA planes cluttering up their ramps. Their "handling" fees are just an excuse to scare off those pesky little guys so that the heavy iron can arrive undisturbed. You notice that their agreement to publish fees didn't do anything about LOWERING any of those fees. The irony is that by forcing them to publish fees, it may actually help Signature in their efforts to scare off any small planes that might think about landing at their FBOs. The other amusing observation was that fees were actually lower at airports where Signature has competition. Competition lowers prices? Who knew!!!

Posted by: John McNamee | October 10, 2018 12:06 PM    Report this comment

Before the events of 9/11 we used to fly our Glasair around the country on business. (ARINC meetings.) We flew into SFO, ATL, BOS etc. (Never had opportunity to fly into ORD tho.) FBO rates (Butler?) were reasonable - $25 I think the highest.

That all changed after 9/11. In addition to the rates going up, the FBO's became less friendly and more prison-like. I understand the new prison mentality. I don't understand the higher rates.

But we got the message. We now stay away.

Posted by: Mike P | October 10, 2018 1:14 PM    Report this comment

Just went to Signature at SJC. Fees were up front and with 20 gal they waved the fees. Fuel was about $1 more a gallon that I'd otherwise pay so I figure I paid $20 for tie down for the day at a busy airport.

Posted by: Robert Gary | October 12, 2018 3:30 PM    Report this comment

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