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Thermal Self Serve

Designed with the pilot in mind, we are a FBO providing all the tools to fuel, store, and self serve your aircraft. Because of our self serve model, our prices are the best in the valley for 100LL and Jet A Aviation Fuel. We are located at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM) in Thermal, CA near Palm Springs, Bermuda Dunes, and the entire Coachella Valley.

We offer a pilot lounge with a kitchenette, full bathroom with shower, free water and ice, couch, and Wi-Fi access. We provide a Jet Porter and a golf cart to tug your aircraft to and from your hangar. There's even a putting green to practice your golf game.

Who better to service your aircraft than you, the pilot? The self service model allows you to maintain the aircraft your way, and allows us to keep our prices lower for you. Call or stop by for a tour of our FBO.
Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport


56-935 Warhawk Way
Thermal, CA 92274
United States of America

Fax 760-399-8530
Services, Facilities and Amenities
  • Aviation fuel
  • Aviation parking (ramp or tiedown)
  • Hangars
  • Hangar leasing/sales
  • Rental cars
  • Pilot's lounge
  • Snooze room
  • WIFI
  • Restrooms
  • Putting Green area
  • Western US Pilots Guides & Bahamas Pilots Guides/Charts available

Hertz Car Rental 760-775-7217
Enterprise 760-347-0045
Desert Rent-A-Car 760-399-4227
La Quinta Cab 760-347-4141
Yellow Cab 760-345-8398
Aviation fuel services
Brand: Phillips 66
Fueling hours: Pumps are running 24/7
Business hours: 8am-4pm Mon-Fri
100LL Avgas Self service    $4.48
Jet A Self service    $3.53
Discounts: Register your Debit Card (US Banks only) with us to save currently $0.10 a gallon.
Prices include all taxes.
We buy the fuel, mark it up $0.25 a gallon and sell it at that price until the tank is empty. No up and down pricing. We have single point and all of our jet fuel has PRIST.  
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From Ross Schibler on 30-Sep-2017

  First class service at self-serve prices! My vote for best FBO in the west. I'll take cheap fuel, a knowledgeable tug driver (tough to find these days) over cookies and fancy building, any day. Derek made us feel extremely welcome, helping with luggage, car and fueling. Thank you!
From Mike Grossberg on 02-Apr-2017

  Flew in March 20. Derek directed me to the self-serve, and assisted with fueling. Then, got me excellent hangar space, and a nice rental car on site. Very friendly and professional all the way. Everything was done pleasantly and efficiently. Highly recommended.
From Sally Gist on 08-Sep-2016

  Our second visit to Thermal and the service was excellent. Derek Fife brought the rental car around (we recommend Desert rental cars), fuel for SoCal is cheap, hangar is available. We have been to other airports but not anymore.
From Tobias Muhlhofer on 22-May-2016

  Wonderful place to park and fuel at KTRM, if you are looking for something even remotely reasonably priced. I agree with previous comments: everything you need is there, including rental car handling. The gentleman in the office on this Sunday morning (I'm sorry I did not catch his name) was very friendly and willing to help with anything we needed. Great experience and highly recommended!
From Kelly Vinton on 11-Jan-2016

  Don't let the "Self-Serve" in the name keep you from using them. They have an attendant there during their daily hours and he was very helpful for parking our Citation and fueling us (they have single-point and over-wing) and bringing rental cars to the plane upon arrival. Great experience and saved a lot of money on Jet-A. Facilities are basic, but adequate for my needs on this trip.
From Carl Bevan on 12-Nov-2015

  While attending The Palm Springs Flying Magazine 'EXPO' during October 14/18, 2015, I refueled at Thermal early on the Sunday morning after the show. I topped off my plane with 100LL from the self-serve pump and went to the office to file my flight plan from my laptop. Since it was early Sunday morning nobody was there but the office was open for business and to accommodate the transient pilots. The air conditioning and lighting were on timer switches and the Wi-Fi worked fine. After filing my flight plan I departed for Tulsa. All in all, a great experience. I plan to be back again next year.
From Jimmy Gist on 26-Oct-2015

  Fuel prices and availability as advertised. Derek most helpful with fuel since there was a 'network error' with the card reader. DO NOT use Advantage Rental Car at this location. They dropped the ball three different times on the same reservation and told us 'they don't come pick up'. Derek has cars on site through Desert Rental along with the keys and paperwork. Very helpful once again in getting us on our way. Not the snooty atmosphere and fuel prices of normal southern Calif.
From Jeff Jobe on 03-Jan-2015

  These folks are better than most full services places. Yes when I asked about car rental they sent me three rental car phone numbers. They have real toilets. A bargain near PSP.
From Alan Kozarsky on 02-Jan-2015

  Exceptional service! We chose this FBO for the attractive Jet A (self service) pricing. Nonetheless, the rental car was ready and brought it to the airplane on arrival. Because of logistic constraints on my part, they moved my airplane and fueled it themselves. All was perfect and far beyond what was expected for "self service fuel" I will return.
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