When FBOs play monopoly

April 10, 2008 by Paul Richfield, Senior Editor

Just got back from the Aviat booth at Sun ‘n Fun, where I finally met some fellow Husky owners that I’ve known for years, but only through their postings on the Husky Internet newsgroup. One was Tom Dietrich, who regularly flies the Alps in his airplane; another was Brian Rowser, a corporate pilot based in Heber City, Utah. Rowser’s got a pet peeve these days, and I must say I agree with him–FBOs that own a monopoly at a given airport and see fit to charge exhorbitant ramp fees–often in the hundreds of dollars.  This situation has existed at some airports, such as San Francisco International, for several years. It’s now becoming prevalent at other airports, such as Sun Valley in Idaho. “We should have the ability to go from a public runway to a public road without having to pay off a private entity for the privilege,” he said. “This is worse than a user fee–it’s like being mugged.”

2 Responses to “When FBOs play monopoly”

  1. Ron Lebel Says:

    Even some airports that have more than one FBO are outrageous. Time was you could park for a few hours at SBA for free and walk for lunch on the beach. Now the ramp fee for my Seneca is $70 or so at either FBO, or I can pay $7.50/gallon for 20 gallons. But if I want to take my Eclipse, it is $200 for the ramp fee!

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