Pilots flying in the Northeast this weekend should do two things before taking off: Check for notams, particularly the security notams surrounding New York City, and check for fuel availability at your destination airport.
"We've received reports that a few airports in the Northeast, particularly in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have run out of 100LL avgas," said Rob Hackman, AOPA manager of regulatory and certification policy. "But it appears this is just a short-term problem."
AOPA has confirmed that distribution terminals in Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia are not shipping avgas right now. That means the some FBOs in the region aren't able to immediately replace their avgas stocks.
So far the shortages are spotty. Most airports and FBOs in the region still have fuel. But pilots are advised to call ahead to make sure. AOPA's Airport Directory Online lists the phone numbers for the FBOs at each public-use airport.
August 27, 2004