As government and industry plan for more environmentally friendly energy sources, companies continue to invest in and research alternative fuels for aviation. The U.S. Air Force, one of the government’s largest consumers of fuel, for example, has set a goal that 50 percent of its fuel purchases be composed of domestic synthetic fuel blends by 2016, while IATA has presented a target of 10-percent alternative fuel use for its members by 2017.
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Glacier Jet Center at Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Mont., is now a Phillips 66 fuel dealer. The FBO offers fuel, charter, flight training and 24/7 customer service, including a concierge to assist with trips to nearby Glacier National Park. Glacier Jet also participates in the Phillips 66 WingPoints rewards program.
US Aviation in Denton, Texas, is the first FBO in the U.S. to install stainless steel-lined fuel tanks in its fuel farm. Traditional fuel storage tanks use an epoxy inner liner, and this liner “has a tendency to break down,” according to Jeff Soules, the FBO’s senior v-p and general manager. Benefits of the stainless-steel liners include no initial startup problems or chips, flaking or biological disintegration of the epoxy, he said.
Aviation market consultant Brian Foley predicts that business jet deliveries will rise at “a steady 2.7 percent per year (compound annual growth rate) between now and 2019.” His forecast calls for manufacturers to deliver 8,900 business jets worth $170 billion in the 10-year period.
In just under two years of operation, the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) online professional line service training (PLST) course has already seen widespread industry enrollment, certifying more than 4,000 line service workers at approximately 350 FBO locations nationwide.
NBAA has added six courses to its professional development program (PDP). The new offerings in the program’s educational lineup satisfy specific module requirements in the association’s certified aircraft manager program and can be completed in three different ways, according to Jay Evans, NBAA’s director of operations.
PHILLIPS 66 ADDS FBOs
Central Flying Service of Little Rock, Ark., has switched to the Phillips 66 fuel brand. The FBO has been in business more than 70 years and covers 77 acres at Adams Field, including 558,000 sq ft of covered space and 21 hangars. The company also offers charter, flight training, heavy maintenance, avionics repair and installation, aircraft sales and an onsite restaurant.
American Eurocopter recently received level-D certification and is now authorized to repair and overhaul tailbooms and stabilizers for the EC 135. The company can now perform all tailboom repairs for the EC 135, EC 145, BO 105 and BK 117 at its facility in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Purdue University has received a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Air Force to establish a new facility to test aircraft engines and develop alternative fuels. The National Test Facility for Fuels and Propulsion–which is expected to open late this year or early next–will be located at Purdue Airport in the school’s Niswonger Aviation Technology Building.
The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has been awarded a nearly $50 million six-year research grant from the Air Force to develop advanced fuels and combustion technologies. The award follows last year’s $10 million contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory to design and operate the new Assured Aerospace Fuels Research Laboratory at nearby Wright-Patterson AFB.