By Timothy Pruitt | August 29, 2013
Redbird’s Skyport in San Marcos, Texas will be selling avgas for $1.00 a gallon throughout the month of October. One would ask, what is the catch? Believe it or not, there isn’t one. The company will ask all who purchase fuel to participate in a brief survey asking about their individual flying habits. The biggest question they hope to answer is if the price of avgas is affecting flying habits of pilots.
Right now many believe that people do not fly as much when gas prices are high. There are several aviation organizations that have campaigns going on to encourage people to come back to flying, but there is no way to get any measurable data as to whether or not it is working.
When pilots fill up the will be asked about their flying habits and whether or not the cost plays any part. There is also a plan to ask follow up questions a few months later to those who fill up to see if the cheap full made them want to fly more.
There will be no limitations on how many times one can fill up or how large the aircraft is. Redbird has co-sponsers to help with the program and they are Garmin, King Schools, the city of San Marcos, Bendix/King, EAA, Piper Aircraft, Avemco Insurance, Hartzell, Brown Aviation Lease, Phillips 66 and Sennheiser.
San Marcos, KHYI, is located between Austin and San Antonio and is a towered airport with instrument approaches. Redbird operates its own FBO on the field at 2080 Airport Dr, San Marcos, TX . (512) 878-6670