Rising fuel prices aren't just hitting drivers hard. Pilots are also seeing rising prices when they refuel their aircraft after a flight. And prices probably won't be going down anytime soon as AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines reports in " Waypoints: On avgas" in the May 2006 AOPA Pilot.
But there are ways you can burn fuel more efficiently in your aircraft. When planning a cross-country, look for the most favorable winds and check out the price of avgas at several airports along the route so that you can find the most economical. You should also brush up on your skills in optimizing mixture leaning at cruise and use the aircraft's best economy setting instead of its best power setting.
May 4, 2006