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Author Topic: No AVGAS sales - quarentiened  (Read 772 times)

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No AVGAS sales - quarentiened
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:02:47 PM »
Just read that COPA says the sales of AVGAS has been quarentied until further notice.

Avgas supplies across the country delivered since late December have been quarantined, forcing retailers to temporarily halt sales. During the quality control process, it was discovered the conductivity level of the fuel did not meet specifications. The quarantine means that many FBOs and airport fuel suppliers have closed their avgas pumps until a solution to the problem is found. FlightFuels spokesman Craig Tanselli told COPA Flight the problem originated with the  Edmonton Esso refinery that produces all the avgas for the whole country. He said his company is checking inventories to see if there is any unaffected avgas that they can sell but for the time being there are no avgas sales. Many airports have issued NOTAMs advising they cannot sell avgas. Jet fuel is not affected. COPA is monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they become available.
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Re: No AVGAS sales - quarentiened
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 09:23:38 PM »
That release from COPA was badly written and caused confusion.  Not all fuel suppliers and not all airports are affected.  Check with your club or fuel supplier what the status is. 

Rockcliffe was not affected by the bad fuel.
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Re: No AVGAS sales - quarentiened
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 09:43:57 PM »
In fact CYND is not affect by this quarantine.
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Re: No AVGAS sales - quarentiened
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2018, 10:30:02 AM »
Anyone have more detail on this? Why is it out of spec? what happens if you run with it? What to do if you have it in your aircraft? Just because something is 'out of spec' does not mean it's "bad", IMO.

GA got lucky this occurred in winter when most people dont fly!
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Re: No AVGAS sales - quarentiened
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2018, 10:48:38 AM »
I didnt se any more info as to why, and didnt bother looking for more info either. I run MoGas in my Challenger II.

What suprised me is that the only AvGas Canadian producer is in Edmonton AB. Thta's odd, no wonder AVGAS is expenssive, just the transport...
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Re: No AVGAS sales - quarentiened
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2018, 05:09:11 PM »
Just got some more info on the quarantine:

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Imperial Oil is “making progress” on locating and identifying out of spec aviation gasoline that was delivered to airports and FBOs in Western Canada, Eastern Ontario and in the U.S. between Dec. 28 and Feb. 13. Spokesman Jon Harding said the company is testing each tank of fuel at facilities that have received deliveries in the specified time period. “Some are out of spec and some are not,” Harding said. The company does not have a definitive list of compliant and non-compliant fuel stocks but each location that has been tested is aware of the results and whether the fuel can be sold. He said aircraft operators should contact fuel sellers to ensure they have saleable avgas available.

On Feb. 15, Imperial Oil quarantined all 100LL delivered to wholesalers and retailers from Dec. 28 to Feb. 13 from its Strathcona refinery in Edmonton. The fuel does not meet specifications for electrical conductivity and may cause issues with aircraft fuel gauge sensors. Harding said Imperial continues to work with Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) in sorting out the problem. A nationwide NOTAM was issued Thursday updating the NOTAM posted last week. The new NOTAM is as follows:

180002 CYHQ NATIONAL

CYHQ POTENTIAL QUALITY ISSUE OF FUEL 100LL (JET A NOT AFFECTED)

DISTRIBUTED BY IMPERIAL OIL, LAST KNOWN AREAS AFFECTED

SASKATCHEWAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA, ALBERTA AND EASTERN ONTARIO.

PILOTS ADVISED TO CTC LOCAL FUEL PROVIDER DIRECTLY FOR AVBL.

1802221601 TIL APRX 1803021800
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