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AvSport of Lock Haven -- 353 Proctor Street, Lock Haven PA 17745

Fuel Surcharge
Currently $15 per flight hour

As every motorist knows, the only thing predictable about fuel costs is that they will fluctuate unpredictably. Historical increases in energy prices have hit the aviation industry especially hard, causing airline fares to skyrocket. Like the airlines, AvSport of Lock Haven, the sport aviation training center on the Piper Memorial Airport, has been forced to add a fuel surcharge to its aircraft rental and training package costs.

In our first year of operation, our fuel costs doubled. Rather than raise the price of our training programs themselves, it seemed fairest to the local flying community for us to simply institute a variable fuel surcharge, which can hopefully be decreased (or even eliminated entirely) should energy prices ever normalize.

One reason for the sharp rise in fuel costs for sport aircraft is the unintended consequence of a legislative mandate. Modern sport aircraft, as well as many classics (such as the legendary, locally produced Piper Cub) were designed to run on automotive fuel. AvSport's primary trainer, for example, is compatible with 93 octane unleaded premium auto gas. However, current laws require all auto fuel sold in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to contain at least 10% ethanol. Unfortunately, for various technical reasons it is unsafe to use fuel containing ethanol in most aircraft. Thus, a policy intended to reduce our dependence on foreign oil has forced AvSport, and other aircraft operators, to convert to the considerably more costly 100 octane leaded AvGas (which itself has negative environmental and maintenance implications).

AvSport regrets the financial impact of this newly established policy, and is actively pursuing various remedies (including seeking legislative relief from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's ethanol mandate). We would like nothing more than to eliminate this unfortunate burden, and will eagerly phase out the fuel surcharge at the earliest opportunity.

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