STAINLESS TANKS A FIRST FOR US AVIATION

 - February 23, 2010, 5:11 AM

US Aviation in Denton, Texas, is the first FBO in the U.S. to install stainless steel-lined fuel tanks in its fuel farm. Traditional fuel storage tanks use an epoxy inner liner, and this liner “has a tendency to break down,” according to Jeff Soules, the FBO’s senior v-p and general manager. Benefits of the stainless-steel liners include no initial startup problems or chips, flaking or biological disintegration of the epoxy, he said. And periodic checks every five years and 10- to 15-year draining and epoxy lining replacement are unnecessary with the stainless liners. “Stainless linings do
not require periodic checks,” he said, “and come with a 30-year warranty. We anticipate that all FBO fueling operations will be converting to stainless steel as their older tanks require replacement
or as new fuel farms are set up.”