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    Fuel Costs

    Hi folks,

    Yesterday I flew from SQL ( San Carlos ) to FAT ( Fresno Air Terminal ).
    It's the typical mission for my Sundowner. Serious sticker shock at FAT -
    100LL was $5.40/gallon. That makes the trip cost $173 for fuel alone.
    Not sure if I can afford that on a regular basis.

    Of course, FAT is a pricy place to buy fuel - there's an airline
    terminal there. But I think fuel is getting expensive all over.
    Hopefully
    the current price spike is Katrina - but I can only think that fuel will,
    in general, be getting more expensive in coming years.

    I just did an spreadsheet analysis on flying versus driving. If my
    time is worth $50/hour and I save an hour each way - and subtract the
    direct
    fuel costs for driving - then the net cost of flying versus driving is
    about $25. If flying saves me a motel stay, then it's a net profit of
    $45.

    This was a real quickie analysis and would be easy to shoot full of
    holes: what about maintenance costs? Engine fund? Oil? I'm willing
    to forgive the maintenance costs because I do a lot of it myself (
    value of my time? Not an issue, because I actually enjoy hanging out
    at the airport and working on the airplane.

    Time at the airport is a plus in the ledger of life.

    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it .

    - Jerry Kaidor ( jerry@tr2.com )




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    Fuel Costs

    Hi Jerry
    Obviously, fuel is hurting us all. However, a quick check of Airnav
    shows that you are quoting the most expensive gas in a 50 mile
    radius. Only 12 miles away at Selma Airport, gas is $3.75. I won't
    give business to businesses that are out of line with their prices.

    The prices were already skyrocketing before Katrina, hurricanes come
    through the gulf every year, and the amount of overall oil
    TEMPORARILY unavailable is a small percentage. My thought is that
    just like the California electrical "crisis," this price explosion
    is the result of speculators.

    Bob
    A&P, Aero Eng
    --- In musketeermail@yahoogroups.com, "Jerry Kaidor" <jerry@t...>
    wrote:
    > Hi folks,
    >
    > Yesterday I flew from SQL ( San Carlos ) to FAT ( Fresno Air
    Terminal ).
    > It's the typical mission for my Sundowner. Serious sticker shock
    at FAT -
    > 100LL was $5.40/gallon. That makes the trip cost $173 for fuel
    alone.
    > Not sure if I can afford that on a regular basis.
    >
    > Of course, FAT is a pricy place to buy fuel - there's an airline
    > terminal there. But I think fuel is getting expensive all over.
    > Hopefully
    > the current price spike is Katrina - but I can only think that
    fuel will,
    > in general, be getting more expensive in coming years.
    >
    > I just did an spreadsheet analysis on flying versus driving.
    If my
    > time is worth $50/hour and I save an hour each way - and subtract
    the
    > direct
    > fuel costs for driving - then the net cost of flying versus
    driving is
    > about $25. If flying saves me a motel stay, then it's a net
    profit of
    > $45.
    >
    > This was a real quickie analysis and would be easy to shoot
    full of
    > holes: what about maintenance costs? Engine fund? Oil? I'm
    willing
    > to forgive the maintenance costs because I do a lot of it myself (
    > value of my time? Not an issue, because I actually enjoy hanging
    out
    > at the airport and working on the airplane.
    >
    > Time at the airport is a plus in the ledger of life.
    >
    > That's my story, and I'm sticking to it .
    >
    > - Jerry Kaidor ( jerry@t... )




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