The Good and Bad News About Fueling at Oshkosh


The good news is that Mogas is available for the first time at AirVenture thanks to a partnership between EAA, who bought the truck, and Basler Flight Services, who leases the truck for AirVenture.

The bad news is that Homebuilt Parking and Camping honchos would prefer that you plan to NOT get fuel on the field during AirVenture. The fuel trucks cannot operate during the airshow and no one wants them rumbling past their tent at 9 pm or fueling the plane next to their campsite during breakfast. That means the fuel trucks are competing with arriving and departing planes to use “the world’s busiest taxiway” – taxiway P1 – to access the thirsty plane.

Since traffic can only travel one-way at a time on P1, mixing a fuel truck in with departing and arriving homebuilt, warbirds, and, this year, GA aircraft adds to the logistical nightmare. “The worse is the guy who suddenly decides to leave a day early because of weather coming in and expects to immediately get fuel, as one might expect at a local field,” said Jeff Point with Homebuilt Parking. “Basler feels that getting to a plane within 24 hours of a request during AirVenture is timely service,” explained Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Communities. Therein lies the disconnect. Both men advise homebuilders to try to avoid needing fuel at AirVenture by fueling at a field nearby before coming in. If you end up unexpectedly short of fuel, be sure to order your fuel at least 24 hours before your earliest possible need to depart.


Louise Hose

Louise Hose is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who regularly flies her RV-6, her husband’s RV-8, and an RV-3B and a Dream Tundra, which they built together. They live in Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada. She also edits the monthly, free digital newsletter, The Homebuilder’s Portal by KITPLANES®.

4 Replies to “The Good and Bad News About Fueling at Oshkosh”

  1. In my experience, the Basler trucks are cruising the field as people arrive, and most people fill up on arrival or shortly thereafter. No conflicts at all that I'm aware of

  2. The many times I've flown into OSH, fuel trucks have never been a problem. Very happy to see MoGas being sold on the field.

    I don't understand why this article was published being critical of fuel trucks. On field fueling has been going on for as long as I can remember, why now?

  3. Planning not to buy fuel is a good one. This year 2018 in homebuilt parking I called 6 times for fuel and never got any. Never had a problem before but will never depend on Basler again. Their excuse that EAA would not let the fuel trucks drive on the grass broke my BS meter

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