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QUESTION: Dear Laura

Do fuel stations are available to the commercial airplanes at the airports facility where airplanes do take off and landing ?.

Are there special planes for the same to do this refueling which has the storage facility ?.

It will be very rare that the fuel stations at the airports can exhaust for filling fuel for the airplanes ?.

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Hello,
Yes, almost all airports in the United States, and even around the world, provide fuel services to airplanes. There are special places to refuel airplanes that are privately owned. They are referred to as Fixed Base Operators, or FBOs for short. A great directory in the United States is at For each airport, you can scroll to the bottom to see what FBOs and services are available at that airport. You are correct in that it would be extremely rare to exhaust the fueling supply. Airports typically have large tanks installed that hold plenty of fuel, and regular deliveries make sure that fuel does not run out.
Laura Laster

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QUESTION: Dear Laura

Thank you.

1. Do the commercial airplanes have to be parked to a special infrastructure area
within the airport where the fueling is done ?. i.e. There is a area within the airport where the plane moves to a special place for the fueling ?. This station has the fuel storage capacity within the airport.


2. Do a tanker, truck etc vehicle having the fuel storage facility moves to the airplane where the airplane is parked and then the airplane is fueled ?.

Is it 1 or 2 for airplane fueling ?.

If both the two methods are right which is the Better method for fueling also taking account safety measures if required ?.

Just inputs from your end regarding having Fuel stations installed at the airport at a distance.

i.e. The airplanes move to special area zones where these fuel stations (Fuel station 1, Fuel station 2 etc are available and then they are fueled.

Do you feel the advantage of these fuel stations would be better than moving the fuel tanker, truck to the airplane carrying gallons of fuel from the safety point
of view ?.

The disadvantage of these could be having fuel stations at the international and domestic airports is that the airports will require a bigger infrastructure land area for those fuel stations to be installed ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

For large jets at major airports, it is usually method 1. But at almost all smaller airports, it is method 2. This is more common. Tanks underground for fueling (like in method 1) require a lot of inspections, maintenance, and are expensive to install.


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I can help with questions about aviation disasters, aircraft operations especially general aviation and King Air information, aviation safety, and education questions on how to get into an aviation career. I can also answer general aviation questions as I am a commercial multi-engine pilot. I cannot answer questions about flight training or MBA schools in countries other than the USA or provide advice for non-US citizens interested in flight training. I cannot answer questions advising you what school to choose. I have no experience with aeronautical engineering so I cannot answer questions relating to engineering or schooling for aeronautical engineers. PLEASE don't ask me questions about any kind of engineering because it is outside my area of expertise, and I will NOT answer your question. I also cannot help you to choose a master's program for study as I do not have a master's degree in aviation. I cannot help with MBA advice.


I have been studying aviation disasters through doing my own research and a lot of reading since I was 13 or 14 years old. I am very interested in aviation safety and also am a commercial, multi-engine pilot. I am Director of Flight Operations at a private university working in the flight training department. I also have worked as an operations manager at a small charter airline and was involved in getting the airline certificated under Part 121 rules. I was formerly a flight operations division manager for a company operating a large fleet of King Air aircraft (60) and so I have some business aviation experience as well as having flight instructed for one year after college. My operations manager job frequently involved coordinating international projects for aerial survey clients and hiring qualified pilots to fly aerial survey missions.

Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Science with Flight Management Concentration: LeTourneau University (2004) :: Dispatch Certificate: Sheffield School of Aeronautics (2010) :: Commercial Pilot: Single and Multi Engine Land, Instrument Rating :: Flight Instructor: Single, Multi and Instrument :: Ground Instructor: Basic and Advanced

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