Augusta Municipal Airport adds jet fuel truck as fuel sales rise

Augusta Municipal Airport east of Wichita has added a jet fuel truck to pump Jet-A fuel as sales increase.

The airport has doubled sales of Jet-A fuel year-to-date and aviation fuel sales are up 25 percent to 30 percent, said airport manager Lloyd Partin.

“They are significantly better,” Partin said.

Partin has noticed that the mood has improved in the past couple of months.

“I think people got tired of sitting around and waiting” for the economy to improve, he said.”If we sit and wait, we can sit around and wait forever.”

Attitudes have changed.

“People aren’t as skeptical,” Partin said.

The jet fuel truck holds 3,000 gallons of fuel and pumps 300 gallons a minute.

A pilot can get fueled, pay and take off in less than 15 minutes, Partin said.