aircraft in T&T are grounded because theres no
gas available to fuel them.
Aviation fuel ran short on Wednesday, and owners and operators
were told that supply would resume today.
However, a further notice informed pilots and owners of
piston-powered aircraft that supplies would not be available
until August 19.
One owner and operator of an aircraft, who did not wish
to be identified, said:
is the first time in aviation history that this has happened
in T&T. We make the fuel here and sell it. We supply
the rest of the Caribbean.
It is understood that Jet-A 1 fuel, which powers aircraft
with turbine engines, was available.
Industry sources said yesterday the shortage of aviation
fuel for lighter aircraft was due to a manufacturing error
by Petrotrin, which resulted in the specifications of the
fuel not being up to standard.
Efforts to reach Petrotrins corporate communications
manager Arnold Corneal were unsuccessful, but First Vice
President of Oilfield Workers Trade Union Ancil Roget confirmed
that Petrotrin has been unable to provide fuel for lighter
OWTU has been informed of this development, and we will
initiate an investigation immediately, to determine what
has caused this, Roget said.
Meanwhile, one company badly affected by this lack of aviation
fuel is Briko Air Services, based at Piarco and Campden
Base in Couva.
Yesterday, the companys operations were at a complete
standstill. A manager, who requested anonymity, said all
airline operations, including chartered flights, had to
be grounded indefinitely, after Petrotrin failed to supply
100-130 octane aviation fuel to the company.
now, all 12 airplanes are down. This is costing us to lose
a lot of money because many flights have been cancelled.
Briko provides flight training as well as chartered flights
up the chain of Caribbean islands.
Corporate communications manager at the Ministry of National
Security Reanne Harper-Walters said no National Security
aircraft was affected by the fuel shortage.
She said officials at both the Coast Guard Division as well
as the Special Anti-Crime Unit had indicated that they had
a stockpile of fuel.