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Exxon fuel recall

See also Exxon’s November 25 recall.
See also Exxon’s technical Q&A (November 28).
See also Texaco’s statement (December 2).
See also Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (December 11).

November 27, 1998
Aviation gasoline recall

Dear Exxon FBO:

Please be advised that we have reason to believe that avgas supplied by Texaco at East Providence, Rhode Island, and delivered to your FBO by Exxon may not meet product specifications. As a result, Exxon has determined to recall all such product delivered to your site.

Please cease all sales and/or deliveries of the affected avgas product to your customers immediately, and take all necessary steps to notify potentially affected customers who have already received this product.

Exxon will notify you of its plans for removal of this product and replacement with on-specification avgas.


D.L. Thibodeau
Manager, Aviation Sales
Exxon Company, USA

Exxon FBOs and consumer accounts impacted by November 26, 1998, avgas product recall

Aviation dealer Location
Hawthorne Aviation RI Lincoln, RI
Northeast Air S. Portland, ME
Twin Cities Air Service Auburn, ME
Signal Aviation Service, Inc. Lebanon, NH
Sky Bright, Inc. Gilford, NH
Wiggins Airways, Inc. Norwood, MA
Hanscom Aero Club Bedford, MA

Letter to FBOs
November 27, 1998

Dear Exxon FBO:

Both Exxon and your facility have received numerous phone inquires from pilots and aircraft owners regarding actions that should be taken if their aircraft was fueled with avgas Exxon recently recalled and Exxon’s plan relative to alternative transportation.

Alternative transportation

Exxon will reimburse affected customers for legitimate and reasonable alternative travel expenses in excess of the expenses they would have incurred on previously planned travel where such additional expenses are a direct result of the product recall. Such customers will need documentation supporting all such expenses. Exxon will notify you shortly as to where such documentation should be submitted.

Instructions for affected aircraft

Following are instructions on actions that should be taken for aircraft that were fueled with the recalled avgas for you to provide to your affected customers.

If possible, all off-spec product (defuel, and refueler inventory) should be returned to your storage tanks prior to the arrival of the pump-out truck. Any product defueled after receipt of a fresh load of avgas should be stored separately and labeled as off-spec aviation gasoline. Please retain all documentation of defuel operations such as aircraft number, volume defueled, and expenses associated with the defuel operation.


D.L. Thibodeau
Manager, Aviation Sales
Exxon Company, USA

Procedures to remove avgas from aircraft

  • Defuel/sump avgas from the impacted aircraft
  • Replenish avgas with fresh product
  • Maintain documentation of volume defueled and expenses associated with the defuel procedure

There is no need to flush the aircraft fuel system or change any fuel system components.

For aircraft defueled at a location other than the FBO who provided the off-spec avgas

Defuel product should be stored separately from other avgas and labeled as off-spec aviation gasoline. The FBO who dispensed the off-spec avgas should be notified of the location and amount of the off-spec fuel.

November 27, 1998

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