I am trying to put together a historical series of aviation fuel prices for the period 2004-2009. Ideally this would be weekly (or even daily) and would have separate data by region (or even airport). I plan to use the series to approximate flying costs for various GA aircraft.
As a non-pilot I had a couple of questions which I was hoping folks here might answer:
(1) Jet fuel vs Avgas.
My (limited) understanding is that reciprocating engines use avgas (100LL) while turbines used jet fuel (Jet A). Do these prices tend to move together or will they tend not to stay in sync? I ask since I have found a pretty good jet fuel source (2b below), but not sure if this tells us much about what is happening with avgas.
(2) Possible sources.
I know the site has current prices for Jet A and 100LL most airports under the FBO tab (for my home airport: http://flightaware.com/resources/airpor ... businesses
). Does anyone know if old versions of these data are kept (I will contact FA folks but perhaps someone here knows)?
(b) US EIA
They have daily spot prices for "Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel: U.S. Gulf Coast" for the period 1990-2012 (http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_pri_spt_s1_d.htm
). Aside from not having data at the region/airport level, this seems pretty good as a measure for jet fuel. Are there any known problems with these data?
(c) Other jet fuel source
Not sure of these add anything to the EIA, and I could not see the actual data but for completeness wanted to list them.
- http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/economics/ ... pment.aspx
--> uses Platt's data (http://www.platts.com/JetFuel/Prices
Thanks as always in advance for any pointers. I will post any additional infos I find in follow-up posts in case anyone later is interested in this topic.