Pilots spend an extraordinary amount of time worrying about their jobs, and this is understandable, given the dramatic cutbacks in business aircraft travel during the current recession. The loss of pilot, mechanic and flight operation jobs is unprecedented, and thus it is not surprising that pilots often discuss ways to save their operations money.
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The prospect of synthetic fuel qualification took an important step closer to reality last month when ASTM International’s aviation fuels subcommittee passed a new specification for alternative jet fuel. The new specification details the properties and criteria required to control the production and quality of synthetic fuels for aviation use.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the compliance date for certain rules relating to fuel spill prevention, control and countermeasures (SPCC), to November 10 next year. According to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), rule changes that took effect in 2002 and 2006 will affect facilities that store fuel, such as FBOs, but the requirements depend on when the facility began operation.
The aerospace industry needs to make a concerted effort to attract young people to aviation careers, according to presenters at this year’s New Jersey State Aviation Conference, the theme of which was “Challenges in Aviation Education.”
The need to attract new talent becomes increasingly important as industry professionals age. “The whole aviation industry
Honeywell Aerospace is gearing up for biofuel tests on its APUs and engines this summer in a bid to stay ahead of the alternative fuel push. The company plans to run a business jet engine and an airliner APU fueled by a mix of jatropha and algae oils from sister company UOP, which has blended various fuels for more than 100 years.
You can’t accuse Craig Sincock, president and CEO of Avfuel, of being a pessimist. Asked about the current state of business for Avfuel, he said, “Eighty percent of our business is still happening.”
Honeywell Aerospace is gearing up for biofuel tests on its APUs and engines this summer in a bid to stay ahead of the alternative fuel push. But this kind of testing isn’t entirely foreign at the company–over the past few years it has been running military aircraft APUs and engines on jet fuel made from coal and natural gas for the U.S. Air Force.
FlightSafety International’s London/Farnborough training center recently received JAA level-D qualification from the UK Civil Aviation Authority within in an eight-week period for three new business jet simulators: a Hawker 750, a Cessna Citation Sovereign and a Gulfstream G550. According to the company (Booth No.
AirQuest Aviation, based at Butler County Airport north of Pittsburgh, is
now an Avfuel dealer and offers customers Avtrip points for fuel purchases as well
as participation in Avfuel’s contract fuel card program. AirQuest opened in 2004 and is building a 20,000-sq-ft hangar, due to open shortly. A recently opened pilot lounge offers its own bathrooms, shower, television and snooze rooms. “We try to