Friday, September 23, 2011

Next airport manager meets new jet fuel truck. Alva Regional Airport (KAVK), Oklahoma

NEW MANAGER AND NEW TRUCK -- Outgoing Airport Manager Erik Stewart (left) and his newly-named successor, Tyson Tucker, give the pilot's traditional thumbs up on the new Jet A fuel truck which arrived at noon Monday.
Photo by Jim Stout

When Alva Regional Airport’s new jet fuel truck arrived Monday, it was met by outgoing Airport Manager Erik Stewart and incoming Airport Manager Tyson Tucker.

It was the first public appearance in that capacity for Tucker. Most recently, the Kiowa native has been managing Gambino’s, a restaurant on Oklahoma Boulevard. Before that he was in management at Plane Plastics and he is a pilot himself. A full announcement is planned for Sunday’s Alva Review Courier.

The fuel truck has a 3,000-gallon Jet-A refueler tank on a 1994 Ford F-series chassis with a 5.9 liter Cummins Diesel and an Allison MT-643 automatic transmission. It has 8,549 miles and 8,002.4 hours.

The new 5,000-foot runway allows larger jets to land at Alva’s airport, but if they need fuel, it must come from a truck of this type. The presence of the truck makes the airport an attractive option for cross-country flyers and the airport terminal has been redecorated and a pilot’s lounge has been outfitted with luxury furniture, internet and satellite television to suit the upscale needs of the big-jet set.

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