Staff report
Posted: 05/12/2012 03:07:54 PM PDT

Attorneys for the bankrupt SBD Airport Services will go before a federal judge Monday to contend that interim San Bernardino International Airport chief A.J. Wilson acted improperly when he cut off the company’s access to jet fuel.

The hearing is scheduled to take place Monday afternoon at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside.

SBD Airport Services filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March. The bankruptcy filing came one month after Wilson asserted the company violated its fuel contract and blocked the firm’s access to the airport’s fuel supplies and trucks.

Monday’s hearing is related to the bankruptcy hearings, as SBD Airport Services attorneys have argued the company needs access to the airport’s “fuel farm” in order to conduct business.

In a court filing, Wilson and the airport reply that SBIA officials had a right to terminate the airport’s fuel services agreement with SBD Airport Services because the company did not have the minimum amount of fuel in its tanks to live up to its side of the deal.

The fuel dispute stems from a February incident in which the pilot of a 727 jet was unable to purchase the full amount of requested fuel.

Wilson moved quickly to cancel SBD Airport Service’s fuel contract. Airport staffers have since handled fuel sales on their own.

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