New operator takes over fueling operations at Paso Robles airport

A San Luis Obispo company has taken over fueling operations at the Paso Robles Municipal Airport as developer David Weyrich’s Paso Robles Jet Center begins shutting down.

Aviation Consultants Inc., which is affiliated with the San Luis Jet Center, has agreed to provide fuel and other services on an interim basis, Paso Robles City Manager Jim App said. ACI is expected to continue operating while the city prepares and distributes a formal request for proposals for a new provider, App said.

ACI took over the fuel operations this weekend. It was unknown how long the company would provide the services, but App estimated the arrangement will last several months.

Weyrich’s company is slated for eviction Thursday, although it appears the company will vacate voluntarily before then, App said.

The jet center ran out of fuel for a period of time during the last weekend of January, prompting an advisory by the Federal Aviation Administration to pilots that they would not be able to refuel at the airport.

The airport operates as a base for CHP helicopters and firefighting tankers and is a frequent stop for military aircraft. It is also used for private planes.

Emergency personnel in February said having enough fuel to handle emergencies is “critical.”

If the airport doesn’t keep a minimum of 2,000 gallons in the ground, self-service pumps shut down and pilots who arrive after 7 p.m. can’t get fuel.

App said the airport now has enough fuel.