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JetFuelX has begun a free Web- and app-based service for quickly determining comparative jet fuel prices. To sign up, go to the company’s website and enter your aircraft, personal contact, and current fuel credit card information. Once you’re set up, you can use search functions to locate the lowest contract fuel prices for each card you register. In essence, JetFuelX provides an individualized fuel contract price, based on price agreements between FBOs, fuel card providers, and owner/operators.

For example, you can call up a map showing the fuel prices at the five nearest airports to your intended destination. Or simply enter any airport’s identifier and up pop the fuel price offerings at each FBO for each fuel card you use. The lowest price is highlighted with a green border. Make your choice, enter the date and time of your anticipated arrival or departure, select the number of gallons you want, and click on the Fuel Release button—and JetFuelX will automatically submit an email to the chosen FBO. The email makes a direct request for a fuel release on your behalf. The service can be used during preflight planning or right from the ramp after you’ve landed.

After the FBO receives the release, all that remains is to show up on the ramp and sign for the fuel. There’s no need to pay the FBO, because the fuel cost is billed directly to your fuel-card account.

The Citation Jet Pilots Association has set up its own account with JetFuelX, under the CJP Fuel Advantage name. Early users report significant fuel savings over the traditional, time-consuming preflight methods of hunting down favorable fuel prices. In several cases, savings of $1.75 per gallon have been realized.

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Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.

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