“We chose October for this test to take advantage of the
fantastic flying weather in Texas, and give pilots
additional incentive to fly to AOPA Summit in Fort
Worth, October 10-12, and the Migration Flight Training
Conference at Skyport, October 28-30,” says Van West.
“When the month is up, we expect to have fresh insight
into how fuel price really factors into the many forces
affecting how often GA pilots fly.”
while the one-dollar fuel is available, CEOs and other
leaders from partner companies will conduct town
meetings at the Skyport to answer pilot questions and
hear opinions on the direction of their products and the
aviation industry. Pilot opinions on what motivates them
to fly will also be part of the data published when the
experiment is complete.
Redbird Skyport has answered some FAQ’s
Why are you doing is?
The purpose of this experiment is to study the effect
that fuel price has on flying activity as well as
understand how fuel price factors into the complete cost
Can anyone get $1 Avgas?
The offer is open to any piston-powered GA aircraft that
can fly into San Marcos Municipal Airport under its own
power. Only the regular tanks in the aircraft will be
Are you going to run out of gas?
No! To maintain a reliable supply for everyone and keep
delays to a minimum, the fueling limit is 200 gallons
per aircraft per day. Aircraft requiring more than 200
gallons may purchase that additional amount at the
regular price. We won’t fuel aircraft that we believe
are violating the spirit of the experiment.
Will it really last all month?
Yes, the $1 price is valid for the entire month of
October during normal operating hours, 6am to 10pm.
How long will the lines be?
We hope not, but there may be lines to get gas. If you
expect to be in a hurry, we recommend you pre-register
on the website or by calling us at (512) 878-6670.
For those who aren’t in a hurry, we hope you will stop
and stay awhile. There will be plenty to do at the
airport and around town. On Saturdays during the month
we will have town halls with leaders in the aviation
industry. We will also have cookouts on the weekends in
addition to the regular menu at the Skyport Galley.
Plus, TVs throughout so no one misses a football game.
Is ATC going to be a nightmare?
We hope not. We have coordinated with San Marcos tower
and Austin approach to make sure things go as smoothly
Do you have enough ramp space?
Yes. San Marcos Airport is a former military training
airport and has acres of ramp space, so space for
waiting or parking overnight is not a problem.
Can my group have a fly-in?
Of course! We would
love to have you. We ask that you register as a group so
we know to expect you. Also, please let us know if there
is anything we can do to help out.
What are you going to do with the survey data?
collected from pilots during the month will be
aggregated before publication. Absolutely no individual
personal information will be shared.