The FBO’s fuel provider, Shell, brought in extra staff, including quality control and administrative professionals. Indy Jet also recieved staffing relief from many volunteers who also help out during the Indianapolis Air Show.
Planning For Fuel
Indy Jet pumped some 45,000 gallons of jet fuel for the event. With regard to planning, “We based our fuel supply on what some of the FBOs pumped for last year’s Superbowl, and talked to Shell about what they’ve noticed with Super Bowls in the past — we pretty much had fuel trucks on standby that we could use, and Shell also brought us extra trucks for that week.”
At Million Air, Sarault says the FBO had ten fuel trucks running for the five-day stretch, and fuel provider Phillips brought four of them. The FBO pumped some 240,000 gallons of jet fuel.
Remarks Sarault, “We had our fuel delivery group on standby, and we did end up calling them.
“We tried to pre-plan fuel. Just like anything else, you don’t want to have an excess inventory sitting in your tank with the volatility of fuel.
“We ended up getting to a point where we were pumping fuel faster than we were taking it in.”
Fees And Reservations
Million Air started getting its first reservations in May — typically the corporate sponsors that attend the event each year. The FBO collected fees as aircraft departed.
“We broke the fees down by aircraft size,” says Sarault. “I think large aircraft were $250 and smaller were $125. Fees were waived if you took on a minimum of 400 gallons for a large aircraft, and 250 gallons for medium and smaller-sized aircraft.”
Indy Jet also based its fee parameters on aircraft size and collected fees after the event.
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