A shortage of aviation fuel that has grounded small aircraft at a number of rural airports hasn't caused too many problems here.
 
Last month, Imperial Oil issued an advisory that 100-Octane fuel from its Edmonton area refinery could interfere with fuel gauge sensors. That is causing problems for private pilots, along with survey companies, contractors and flight training schools.
 
Former Beiseker Mayor Ray Courtman is himself a pilot.
 
"We do have a fuel stop here which does sell av gas, but right now they're basically in a dormant state," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "Our plough truck broke down, so the runway hasn't been cleared and the skydiver operation, who sells the fuel, isn't operating because who wants to skydive in this weather?"
 
Other small airports, including Springbank, west of Calgary, have been harder hit.
 
"I can see this as being quite a crisis to their programs," stated Courtman. "There's a number of flying schools out there that train students and boy oh boy, lack of fuel is not a good thing."
 
Three Hills Airport ran out of aviation fuel and Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski confirmed that there has been a run of supplies at the local airport, but he said no-one has had to go without.
 
"We were always taught when I was learning to fly that you never rely on those gauges," recalled Courtman. "You always check your gas by eye in every tank to make sure that you've got gas in there. You never relied on those gauges at all."

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