I ran a search on Swift Fuels and found no topics on those combined words, so I’ll start one here.
In the three (3) part video series below, Aero TV News, talks with the people who founded SWIFT Fuels and covers some of the basics behind the concept of producing aviation fuels using improved biomass technology. With the financial markets using any and every excuse to artificially pump-up the price of a barrel of oil on the world’s exchanges, what was once a mere $30/barrel (I can remember back that far) is now ranging between $120 to $106 per barrel depending on whether you are talking about Brent Crude or WTI Crude. Regardless, the pricing has gone beyond ridiculous and the speculators, working in conjunction with the politicians (globally) are raping the consumers world wide, especially here in the U.S. and the U.K.
This hurts General Aviation tremendously. This is no longer a minor impediment to GA, it is now a genuine crisis in GA. The question is simple: How do we get off the Middle East oil nipple? We’ve been sucking on that nipple for quite some time and we’ve now even fought wars over that same nipple. We’ve dedicated tax dollars to establishing military basis around the Middle East, that are strategically designed to “secure” oil fields, while calling it something else. The point here, is that we seem to be fully invested in a future that retains its dependency on foreign source of crude, while ignoring the negative effects that such policies will have and are now having on our national economy.
When the financial markets use the excuse that democracy breaking out in Egypt of Libya, is cause for nearly 10% rise in crude, you know we are getting raped at the pump and the truck (for us pilots). Are we not tired of calling the FBO, ordering fuel and being told that our rapist will be there with a truck in 15 minutes with a long “hose” in hand and a big fat “nozzle?” I mean, we’ve got to be both sick and tired of this nonsense by now.
So, where do we go from here. How do we get off this path that will destroy GA if allowed to go too far? Is SWIFT, or something like it, the answer? And, when do we as responsible Pilots, start demanding that alternatives be brought to the market place?
For anyone who flies (rent, lease or own), this has GOT to be a very significant turning point for you. Honestly, I never thought we would see aviation fuels at the retail price levels they hold right now in the United States. Of course, I never thought we would see 911 either. But, even before 911, fuel prices were on the rise. 911, simply provided the financial markets with more “excuse” to abuse us at the pump/truck. Make no mistake about, we are most definitely getting raped by a hose with a very large nozzle and it is simply UNFAIR and in my book, downright immoral - or at least, very unethical.
We must get off the nipple. Permanently.