Saturday, 30 May 2009

Where do you want to go?

If you have any desire to do a little long distance touring you'll soon find out that at the outer edges of Europe fuel becomes the limiting issue. Heading south Spain is OK, but Italy is a different matter. It's not that they don't have any avgas, they do, but rather that a quick turnaround can be measured in hours rather than minutes, and a slow one in days.

Even France can be challenged from time to time. Last summer many of the coastal airfields closest to the UK ran dry for a short period of time. Recently, all airfields on Corsica, apart from Figari, had ran out of fuel leading to long queues at the one remaining functioning avgas pump on the island. A day or so after that, the entire island was NOTAMED as out of fuel for the first half of June.

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