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. As consolidation in the FBO business continues, AOPA pilots have found that in some areas the consolidation to one FBO on a field has nearly overnight resulted in rapid rise in both fuel prices and fees for general aviation, especially affecting lighter general aviation, whether using avgas or Jet A.
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.