Mike is very busy with this year’s fire season, so I have to write this blog, even though he would be way more qualified to talk about the issue of refueling aircraft. As far as I know, there was quite a bit of fuel shortage on various airports so that they sometimes couldn’t even refuel the fire helicopter. You’d think that those would be a priority.
Now I’ve never run out of fuel in my life, but I came close once or twice. Many years ago, my wife (then girlfriend) and I drove down to Croatia for a vacation. I don’t know where exactly the last gas station was that we passed, but it looked like we still had plenty of fuel in the tank. We were driving on a brand new highway and thought that at the exit there’s bound to be a service station. There was no service station. In hindsight that probably was exactly because the highway was brand new. So we drove on, along a barren country road. It was already night, but there was bound to be a town or gas station, somewhere, right? Wrong. We drove on and on and watched the fuel gauge drop lower and lower. Then the warning light came on and we were already going through scenarios of what to do if we end up stranded on a deserted country road in the middle of the night. I think we made it about 40km with the warning light on … Well, unspectacular ending to the story: We finally reached our destination and rolled into the first gas station at the edge of town on our last fumes.
That all happened before the time of smartphones with Google Maps. Nowadays, it’d be quite a bit easier to find the next gas station. But I noticed that the gas station density varies greatly from country to country. Here where I live, it seems there is one at every other corner.
Has anyone of you ever actually run out of gas? If so, in your car or in your plane?