Letter to the Editor
Farmington NM Cost Awareness
I’ve been flying to and from Farmington (FMN) from the Phoenix area since 1980 and have watched the slow demise of aviation at many of these grass roots airports. It’s of little wonder to see what is happening to general aviation when you look at what is happening to places like Farmington. On my most recent trip to visit family, I fuel planned so that I would not have to pay the extreme fuel prices at FMN. I planned to add enough auto fuel in my STC’d C182 to make it as far as back as Winslow. Much to my surprise, I was charged $71 to park myself, tiedown, unload and load my own baggage! This price included a ramp fee, tiedown fee, and some kind of security fee. I spoke with the very friendly staff at the Airport Manager’s office to see what other options I had for future visits. They informed me that the city has a number of free tiedowns to the east of the FBO. After you land, just ask the ground controller where the city tiedowns are and they will give you directions. If you are up to a short flight to Animas Airpark on the south edge of Durango, you can get much more reasonably priced fuel. You will see in Jim Timm’s article this month what the Gateway FBO is doing to discourage general aviation activity. What’s one to do?