“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Fundamentals Don't Support Current Oil Prices
"The fundamentals don't support the price of oil," according to Wesley Earl, national sales manager of Tampa, Fla.-based Hiller Group, which distributes Chevron and Texaco fuel to more than 350 FBOs. Factors inflating prices include the dwindling number of refineries, especially for jet-A; geopolitical issues; lack of an effective U.S. energy policy; and the low value of the U.S. dollar, Earl said. He added that commodities speculators are behind what he contends is an "oil bubble," and that the price per barrel, fluctuating now to as much as $140, "should really be in the $60 to $80 range." As prices have climbed this year, fuel sales at FBOs have fallen 10 to 20 percent year-over-year.