4.4 Fueling Operations

Fueling operations at airports can be conducted by a private entity, via an agreement with the airport owner, or by the airport owner and may be full-service or self-service. Tenants may also be granted the right to self-fuel. In fuel farm development, tank siting, tank size, delivery access, and full- or self-service options must be considered. The appropriate training of staff and fuel system inspections are also important.

ACRP Legal Research Digest 28: Operational and Legal Issues with Fuel Farms
Provides guidance to assist airport sponsors and their legal counselors in understanding the basic legal and operational issues of fuel farms to provide the storage and dispensing of aviation fuels to multiple users at an airport. The digest will assist airports with evaluating the appropriate ownership and operating model for use at airports.

ACRP Synthesis 63: Overview of Airport Fueling Operations
Explores airport fueling system operations at all sizes of airports. The synthesis describes fueling standards and regulations, common operations and components, and serves as a reference for a number of fueling processes and procedures. On-airport fueling systems and components are the main focus of the synthesis.

EPA Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
Provides information about underground fuel storage tanks, their regulations, preventing and detecting releases, and cleaning up releases.

EPA Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) Operator Training
Discusses the minimum training standards for the various classes of underground storage tank operators.

FAA Advisory Circular 150/5230-4: Aircraft Fueling Storage, Handling, Training, and Dispensing on Airports
Contains specifications and guidance for the storage, handling, and dispensing of aviation fuel on airports. Additionally, this advisory circular provides standards and guidance for the training of personnel who conduct these activities.

FAA Order 5190.6: Airport Compliance Manual, Chapter 11 Self Service
Provides FAA guidance to assist an airport in preparing self-service rules.

Fuel Delivery Instruction Checklist Template
Editable template for over-wing and single point refueling, bottom loading, and defueling.

Fuel System Inspection Checklist Template
Editable template for inspection of a fuel system.

National Air Transportation Association
Represents the interests of the general aviation business community. Information on the programs and benefits for its members are identified on the website.