Why are avgas prices still holding near their all-time highs, while automobile gasoline prices continue to free-fall to near last year’s prices?
Are we being gouged by avgas?
Just updated my fuel price service, 100LL.com, part of my Control Vision Anywhere Map subscription. At my home field, the price of self-serve avgas is $5.28 per gallon. According to the fuel pricing service, the national average is $5.08 (updated as of 10/23/2008. Meanwhile, local low grade auto gasoline, mogas, is running about $3.15 a gallon, and some of the cheapest outlets are slipping below the $3 level. That a 60% difference in price between avgas and mogas.
Ok, I understand all about avgas being a niche product produced in small quantities, needing special handling and shipping because of the lead content, and the price change lag (both up and down) because of fewer flight hours requiring longer to consume supplies bought at higher prices.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to use 100LL.com to avoid the FBOs who insist on holding the higher prices.