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Work at an FBO?  
User currently offline3lions From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 143 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

Does anyone work at a FBO and where,,,what customers do you serve.

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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

I used to work at a FBO at Palwaukee Airport in IL (PWK).

We served mostly jets but we did occasionally serve single and twin props.

The customers were mostly fortune 500 companies and charter companies.

We served Lears, Falcons, Gulfstreams, Challengers, Citations.

I always dreaded the Lears. I was lucky enough to refuel a Global Express for a flight to England. Lots of fuel Smile

fb05



Never Trust Your Fuel Gauge
User currently offline3lions From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

Did you use prist for the lear

User currently offlineLearjet25 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 79 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2759 times:

Lears with tip tanks require prist. 24,25,35,36, I'm not sure about the 28 or 29. But the 20 and 30 series other than that require it. There are only like four or five 18's and 29's.

User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

I work at an FBO that only services GA, so many of you will not think it is that exciting.


"It starts when you're always afraid; You step out of line, the man come and take you away" -Buffalo Springfield
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

I'm an instructor at a flight school, but the airport isn't too large so there isn't a "real" FBO besides us. So, I do a little linework...mostly fueling airplanes, putting airplanes in hangars, snow removal, etc. I actually enjoy it quite a bit.

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2098 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2699 times:

I used to work at Daytona Beach Jet Center, about 13 years ago when I was 20. I traded that in for a photography job, which I've had since then, but just today I applied back at Jet Center for a line service job on the weekends just to get some extra cash towards a house and more flying time (is there ever enough?).

Jet Center serves Phoenix East flight school and Embry Riddle, plus gets a lot of transient GA and corporate traffic. During the Daytona 500 Daytona becomes for a short time one of the busiest airports in the world, and we handle the parking and refueling of those aircraft. Not sure if they still do, but Jet Center used to have a DoD contract and would refuel the occassional military aircaft that flew in. Also, back then we fueled the airlines, and I assume they still do.



Here Here for Severe Clear!
User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3148 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

I work at an FBO at STL. Our operation is pretty cool in that I have fueled everything from a piper colt to C-5s here. We get a nice mix but most of our fueling is for the major cargo airlines on the field like DHL, ABX, FX, and UPS. We also get quite a bit of traffic from 135 cargo operators. Mostly Falcon 20s and Lear 25s from those guys. And then there's always some nicer stuff like the ocasional Citation X, G-IV, or challenger carrying passengers.

There are some pros and cons. It's a great job if you like aviation because you get to be around so many different aircraft all day. Good if you are a people person becuase you are also in charge of customer service. Good if you are working through your ratings because most pilots enjoy talking the trade if their day is going well and it might just get you a business card or a referral when you are ready to try and get paid to fly. It's bad if you have something against rich people, because there are times that you will be kissing some major butt. Also not good if you don't like bad weather because you will be out in it. You get a nice tan as well, you will never be able to keep the rest of your body as tan as your arms!

In sum, I like it.  Smile



DMI
User currently offlinePilotallen From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 656 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

Jet Aviation in bedford mass. whoppie! Fun fun cause we kick signatures behind! its actually a pretty cool place to work and theres tons of awesome planes.


Thats not flying, thats falling with style -Woody
User currently offline3lions From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

Pilotallen.
Whats the biggest jet you handle.


User currently offlinePilotallen From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 656 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

occasionally the BBJ and private 727's usually Gulfstreams and stuff like that though we get a lot of global expresses too


Thats not flying, thats falling with style -Woody
User currently offlineFourstripe From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

Hey All!

I work for the FBO here at CLL. We have a local flight school and flying club that we service (Cessna 152's and 172's) and we also service anything else that lands. We have had a British Airways 777, ATA 757's, numerous 737's and 727's. We see quite a variety of business jets and of course light twins and singles too. We are also unique in that we have a lot of military that comes through here. Most are training aircraft (T-37's, T-34's, T-1's, T-6's, T-45's, T-44's, T-39's, and C-12's. As for helicopters, we see a lot of them too, but most are Bell 206's.

-David



“Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.” - Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5507 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

How old do you need to be to work at a FBO??



User currently offlinePilotallen From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 656 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

depends i suppose i worked at one from age 17-18 then at another one i portland maine when i was 18 it all depends on what they want but uslally i would say 18


Thats not flying, thats falling with style -Woody
User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

I've applied at an FBO here. Hopefully I will get the job and be able to get employee discounts on their airplanes.  Big thumbs up


Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineFourstripe From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

Usually for any aviation company you have to be 18 to work there. This is not only for liability issues, but also the fact that airport employees require FBI background checks, at least that's how it is where I work.


“Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.” - Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3148 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2579 times:

Learjet25, Careful in what you say. The 31A does not require additive. I keep it to the tip-tanked models or the request of the pilots.

On the topic of additives, how many of you line guys do Pre-mix fuel? My FBO at STL doesn't simply because most of the fuel that we pump goes into FedEx, Emery, and other 121 carriers. They don't like the $0.03 per gallon extra for it because it adds up when they take 30,000 gallons per week. Instead we have a 5 gallon container of it on the truck and the fuel system has an injection system for the additive that we can turn on and off.



DMI
User currently offlineMikeclod From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

I used to work at an FBO in Boise, we did ABX, FedEx, UPS, Horizon, Big Sky, United, Southwest, Delta, Skywest (Delta and United), America West, and Mesa. One of the other FBO's on the field did Northwest. One period when I was on the airline side, we were the number one fueling station for Southwest system wide, I won a free rev ticket from that. Boise is where the NIFC center is, so we got to do a lot of fire tankers in the summer, DC-4 and 6's, P-2vs, C-130s. I got to do a sky crane once, pretty cool. We also fueled a lot of Military and guard a/c's too, I've fueled F-18, F-16, AV-8B, UH-60, AH-64, C-9, C-12, C-130, KC-135, T-37/38's and a CH-47. Of course there was quite a few private piston and jet aircraft. We were a diversion station for Delta (SLC), so we were trained on all of their equipment, and on bad days in SLC, we usually got to see it all too. We were trained on the 777, but when they ran them to SLC for the olympics, they never had to divert. During the olympics, Boise was a customs clearance airport, so I got to do an SAS 767, I was putting like 30,000 LBS. on this thing when tho FO comes up and asks me how he's going to pay for it. That was an interesting day. If I remember correctly, they worked some deal out with United. We never had an airshow wher I was there, but the Confederate Airforce brought "Fifi" and a B-24 in once, pretty damn cool towing that 24 around. On my first day, the U.S. Marshals brought in a DC-9, guys all around it with 16's. Pretty cool.
Mikeclod


User currently offlineSa365c1 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

Well l work at an FBO but its a little further away from all you guys who have posted so far, am in Glasgow, Scotland (GLA/EGPF)

User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3148 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

Mikeclod,

Did they happen to take any passengers off or on that marshal plane? They usually arrive in cuffs and shackles. Last time I did one of those I just stared at the panel as I fueled. Given the firepower of the marshals and the amount of restraint that those "passengers" have attached to them I would imagine they are some pretty bad dudes.





DMI
User currently offlinePilotallen From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 656 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

ours isnt premixed well we have a 5 gallon drum on our trucks we just have to switch the lever over to inject and voila. Pretty nasty stuff that prist is, I had a newbie that I was training on a caravan one day I told him to watch the fuel and ill watch the meter well sure as hell he watched the meter and poured it all over the wing into my hair and everything, big mess and it stings after a while. I always ask pilots about prist as well yah never know ive seen Gulfstreams take it where I didnt think they did and ive seen lear 35's not take it, I guess it depends on who you ask but I heard that it doesnt matter if they get it even if they dont need it but the other way around can be a problem, oh well anyway.


Thats not flying, thats falling with style -Woody
User currently offlineMikeclod From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

I don't remember if it was a fuel stop of a passenger pick up. The Marshalls would come pretty often though. Usually the first indication they were coming was this black van pulling onto the ramp and a guy or two with long cases would get out and go off somewhere.
On the prist, our GA trucks had the little can on the back of the truck, have you ever read the MSDS on Prist? Really nasty stuff. We had little spray cans of Prist that you would have to manually mix in while over-wing fueling, but I never had to use them.
Mikeclod


User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

I used to work at Avion Jet Center at SFB. I was in charge of detailing the private a/c and enjoyed it. We had a Mitsubishi Diamond , a PC-12 and other high quality a/c based there. We were also a flight training facility, so we had a lot of C152's, C172's, and twins.



Sean from MCO



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