4 Things to Know about Aviation Fuel Trailers

Are you considering an upgrade in your facility’s ability to refuel aircraft?

Are you planning to be more readily able to fly at a moment’s notice?

Or are you just curious about the practicality of those aviation fuel trailers?

There is a reason for how often you see these vehicles on the major airport tarmacs, even on local airports catering to private turboprops and commercial helicopters. It’s just the most practical way of being prepared for any time anywhere aircraft refueling.

These are the four things to know about aviation fuel trailers.

They save you money.

Aviation fuel trailers cost you less to transport fuel from point A to point B, as opposed to purchasing a dedicated fuel truck.

A new 1,000 gallon 2019 Ford F450 refueler costs as much as $100,000.

A pickup truck costs between $25,000 to $40,000 and with an accompanying aviation fuel trailer of similar fuel capacity range between $15,000 to $30,000.

Depending on what your needs are, a pickup truck does not have to limit its purpose to moving aviation fuel. It can be used for all other transport needs in and out of the tarmac or hanger.

They are specifically designed and graded for road safety.

As these trailing equipment carry highly volatile and highly flammable liquid load, they fall under the Department of Transportation (DOT) jurisdiction, guideline and practice. These containers are typically egg-shaped compartmentalized double layered tanks following the DOT 406 design parameters. That has been the accepted standard of the aeronautic industry.

Necessary education and training to operate.

Drivers and operators of aviation fuel trailers are required to have Hazardous Material (HazMat) license. They are also required to have the training needed to properly operate the pump, the fuel hose and follow the protocols of approaching and positioning relative to an aircraft for refueling.

Less manpower downtime

Because an aviation fuel trailer is mobile, specifically made to hold volatile Jet A fuel and Aviation Gasoline (AvGas), they can be parked near or at any site on demand. There is no need for sending dedicated fuel trucks from further distances that cost time and money. People don’t have to wait.

You get better planning and preparation for anticipated aircraft arrival or traffic, enabling you to move people and equipment sooner, quicker and more reliably.

There is a growing number of aviation fuel trailers in the market. You may opt to buy a new one, a couple or a fleet. Or you may just choose from a growing number of second hands that range in age and capacity according to your purpose, locally or abroad. It has never been so easy to find the right aviation fuel trailer for anyone’s need.