When the Somerset Police Department’s Aviation Unit was looking for a better way to fuel up their helicopter, they discovered the Contractor 110 Deluxe portable fuel trailer by Gas Trailer. As a better alternative to hauling around 5 gallon gas cans and other auxiliary tanks, the model they purchased has provided quicker refueling turns, less pilot fatigue, and lower fuel prices by now being able to locally transport mogas pump fuel.
The Decision To Purchase
The police department in Somerset, KY fuels an AutoGyro Calidus gyroplane, which is a type of helicopter fitted with an unpowered tail rotor. It is used routinely for flying law enforcement operations. This particular gyroplane’s engine runs better and more efficiently with automotive grade gasoline as opposed to avgas or 100LL. The aviation fuels are more demanding on its Rotax engine and require more frequent maintenance.
Captain Smith, Patrol Division Commander, informed us that, “When we started our aviation unit, in 2012, we hauled fuel to the hangar in five gallon gas cans. This evolved into purchasing a 30-gallon, portable fuel tank with a manual pump.”
These methods proved to be time-consuming and inefficient. As a result, he said, “We were looking for a large tank alternative when we discovered the Gas Trailer 110 Deluxe on the internet. There is no comparison between the 110 Deluxe and our old way of fueling. Its convenient, safe, fast, and we have to fill it up less often.”
Improved Fueling Methods
When asked how their Gas Trailer has helped to improve their fueling methods, Captain Smith replied, “Since the 110 Deluxe pumps at 15 gallons per minute, it’s allowed us to make quick turns that weren’t otherwise possible. Some days require multiple flights and we refuel often – this means less pilot fatigue that was caused by the old tank/pump.”
In addition to faster and more efficient fueling, “The savings are a plus, too. In a matter of time, the gas trailer will pay for itself with the money we save by not paying for AvGas.”
Quick Delivery and Setup
Most Gas Trailer models are shipped out within a few days to a few weeks depending on the model. Since the Contractor 110 Deluxe is a popular unit, it was in stock for quick shipping and delivered to Somerset, KY about a week after purchase.
The 110 gallon tank trailers are shipped on a 6′ x 4′ pallet with an enclosed crate built around them. This ensures a safe delivery with easy loading and unloading of the skid. According to Captain Smith, “The gas trailer was easy to assemble when it arrived in the freight carrier. Within the hour, we were pumping fuel!”
Gas Trailer Models Available
To learn more about the different Gas Trailer models available for use in general aviation, boating, fleet refueling, construction, disaster relief and recovery, or farming and agriculture, visit the Portable Fuel Equipment page. In addition to the Contractor 110 Deluxe being one of the most popular small aircraft fuelers on the market, our Pro 110 Industrial models come stock with hose reels, grounding cable reels, aviation rated fuel pumps, and aviation rated meters.
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