UVflightplanner.com, Universal Weather and Aviation’s flight planning system for business aviation, now has integrated fuel tankering calculations, which the company claims is an industry first. The new system, which goes live this week, allows operators to quickly decide when and how they should fill tanks with fuel during a trip.
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Recent years have seen growing business aircraft traffic to Eastern Europe and farther east into the Balkan and Caucasian states. But airport infrastructure there and an unwillingness to embrace the level of service required by bizav operators and their passengers have meant that the region is still far from user-friendly and potentially unsafe.
In a bid to bolster the market for alternative fuels, two of the world's largest consumers of jet-A have formed a strategic alliance: the U.S. Air Transport Association and the U.S. Department of Defense. According to ATA president James May, environmental considerations and rising prices for petroleum-based fuel motivated the agreement signed last month.
Avfuel announced that Colorado Springs FBO Colorado jetCenter has joined its dealer network. The jetCenter FBO is a member of the Rocky Mountain jetCenter FBO network and features 22 acres of airport holdings, 400,000 sq ft of ramp space and 50,000 sq ft of climate-controlled hangar space. Amenities include on-site U.S.
Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (KECP) near Panama City, Fla., is scheduled to open on May 23, marking the first new greenfield airport to be built in the post-9/11 era. The new 4,000-acre facility is part of the St. Joe Company’s “master planned” 75,000-acre greenfield parcel that guarantees no residential development will be built near the airfield itself or within the flight paths.
In a move hailed as a significant advance for the bio- and synthetic fuels market, the Air Transport Association (ATA) and the U.S. Department of Defense signed a strategic alliance agreement on Friday, signaling a partnership in the development and deployment of alternative aviation fuels. The two groups, which represent the vast bulk of jet fuel consumers, have a combined thirst of more than 1.5 million barrels a day.
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.
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.