Purdue University pilots flew an Embraer Phenom 100 partially powered by a mix of biofuel and jet-A to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Friday. The biofuel blend–a mixture of a camelina-based biofuel and jet-A provided by the U.S. Air Force–was used to power one of the Phenom’s engines; the other engine ran on jet-A alone. Key flight performance measurements were recorded and will be studied.
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Shell Fuel distributor Eastern Aviation Fuels has bolstered its California footprint with the addition of three new FBO dealers. Landmark Aviation’s locations at San Diego International Airport (SAN), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK) will now be participating in the Shell AeroClass customer loyalty program, while LAX and OAK will also offer Shell contract fuel. Customs and immigration clearance is available at all three locations.
Aviation fuel supplier Air BP has signed an agreement with Poland’s Grupa Lotos to form a 50-50 joint-venture company to manage the supply, logistics and marketing of aviation fuel in the country. As part of the deal, Air BP has purchased half of Lotos Tank, Grupa Lotos’s aviation subsidiary. Initially the new company, known as Lotos-Air BP Poland, will operate at Gdansk, Warsaw and Krakow airports.
Aviat Aircraft of Afton, Wyo., and Minneapolis-based Aviation Foundation of America introduced a dual fuel, piston-powered aircraft that operates on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or aviation gasoline (avgas) this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The proof-of-concept aircraft fuel system is installed on a standard Aviat Husky A1-C fitted with a CNG belly tank.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Phillips 66’s Young Eagles Rebate program, which aids pilots who volunteer their time, aircraft and money to introduce youngsters to flight. Starting in 1994, Phillips 66 Aviation has provided a $1-per-gallon fuel rebate to help offset the cost of qualified Young Eagle flights through its nearly 900-strong FBO network, and since its inception has been used by approximately 5,000 pilots.
Air BP signed an agreement today with Grupa Lotos to form a new 50-50 joint venture–Lotos-Air BP Polska–to manage the supply, logistics and marketing of aviation fuel in Poland to airline and general aviation customers. Alex Junge, Air BP’s performance unit leader for northern and central Europe, said general aviation customers will be able to use their Air BP Sterling card at all the new joint-venture locations. Air BP expects the deal to be sealed in the next six to eight weeks, subject to competition authority approval.
The Paragon Network, a group of independent FBOs, has added Detroit to its growing web of national coverage. Metro Flight Services at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is the 24th FBO to join the group since its inception in early 2011. One of two FBOs on the field, Metro Flight is preparing to open a new 100,000 sq ft facility at the airport later this summer. The former site of a private flight department, it includes 45,000 sq ft of heated hangar space, 20,000 sq ft of climate controlled parking, and a 35,000 sq ft terminal, offices and shop space.
Fuel supplier Shell Aviation added a dozen newly branded FBOs to its distribution network during the first three months of this year.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is attempting to fix the state’s notorious Proposition 65 law because it “has been abused by some unscrupulous lawyers driven by profit rather than public health,” according to a statement from the governor’s office. The outcome could affect a Prop 65 lawsuit filed last year by “citizen enforcers” against FBOs and aviation fuel distributors and producers.
World Fuel Services has expanded membership in the FlyBuys Rewards Program to the European business and general aviation market. As such, pilots, flight departments, crewmembers, schedulers and dispatchers in Europe can join the FlyBuys Rewards program to earn points and redeem them for rewards. In addition, participating World Fuel Services network FBOs and merchants in Europe can offer FlyBuys Rewards points as incentives. Rewards are earned when a FlyBuys member uses a linked Avcard, WFS Contract Fuel or BaseOps account.