EGREGIOUS FBO PRICING

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

AOPA has heard from increasing numbers of pilots that at certain airports, pricing practices for fuel, ramp fees, tie down fees, facility fees, infrastructure fees, access fees and even fees for being picked up by a taxi at an FBO are pushing general aviation away from our community’s airports that are meant to be available to pilots and the travelling public on reasonable terms. Pilots are often charged for services they don’t ask for or receive. These terms are not reasonable, and therefore, they effectively deny pilots and the travelling public meaningful and affordable access to the airport.

Many FBOs do a great job of charging for the specific services provided and in balancing their need for profitability with the need to provide reasonable prices as required by the statute that Congress charged the FAA with enforcing. As a result of complaints of egregious pricing at some FBOs, AOPA is working with the industry, regulators, and community leaders to ensure that public airports owned by all of us provide fair pricing and access to all aircraft and pilots. Unfair pricing practices and cost-prohibitive airport access can severely affect all aspects of general aviation from flight training and recreation to the unique travel proposition GA aircraft can provide to individuals and business.

We will continue to update this page with progress, articles, videos and discussion topics as more develops on this critical issue to general aviation. If you have encountered an issue with egregious FBO pricing, please report it here.

For current fuel prices and the reported fees at FBOs that choose to report them, you can use the AOPA Flight Planner and AOPA Airport Directory.

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Comment by Elizabeth caroll on June 14, 2021 at 10:42am

Hi there. I agree with you about the prices. They are too big and I think it needs to be fixed a long time ago.

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