Touching Bases: Wilson Air fuel trucks tally pounds/gallons

 - November 5, 2007, 10:30 AM

Always looking for new ways to serve customers, Wilson Air Center founder Robert Wilson came up with the idea to modify fuel trucks so that they can display fuel delivered in pounds as well as gallons. Wilson flies his own turbine-powered airplanes and is familiar with the errors that can occur when converting gallons to pounds during fuel purchases. “This operation always made me question this approach,” he said, “so I focused on finding a workable solution.” Wilson Air Center’s fuel supplier, Eastern Aviation Fuels, worked with fuel truck manufacturer Determan Brownie to add a system in the truck that calculates fuel pumped in pounds, at the rate of 6.7 pounds per gallon. The fuel delivered is still billed at the per-gallon rate, but the truck’s display shows both pounds and gallons pumped. Wilson Air Center has modified its fuel trucks at its Memphis, Tenn. FBO and plans to provide the pound display on trucks at its facilities in Charlotte, N.C., and Houston Hobby Airport.

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