Deficiencies in the general operating manual (GOM) and a lack of safety management system (SMS) training were cited as the top two problems at Part 91 and 135 operators, according to an SMS audit report released this week by Argus’s Professional Resources In System Management (Prism) division. The Prism team reviewed audits conducted at 74 operators last year by sister company Argus Pros and then compiled the results in the report.
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Today at the Air Transport Action Group Aviation and Environment Summit in Geneva, Boeing, Airbus and Embraer signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels. The three aircraft manufacturers will seek “collaborative opportunities to speak in unity to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders to support, promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable new jet fuel sources. Their goal is to have biofuel meet 4 percent of aviation’s fuel needs by 2020.
Environmental group Friends of the Earth filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), charging the agency with failure to respond to its 2006 petition requesting the regulation of lead emissions from GA aircraft under the Clean Air Act. In the petition, the group asked the EPA to rule that emissions from aircraft that burn leaded fuel may pose a threat to public health. According to the group, nearly six years later, there has been no final action from the agency.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is calling on its members to urge their congressional representatives to include language in pending legislation to repeal the “fuel fraud” provision. The provision, part of the 2005 Highway Bill, changed the collection of taxes for non-commercial jet fuel and required them to be deposited into the Highway Trust Fund.
With the House of Representatives scheduled to vote this week on H.R.7, a Federal Highway Administration reauthorization bill, NATA is lobbying to get a provision included in the bill that would repeal the “onerous fuel fraud tax.” The fuel fraud provision, which was included in a 2005 FHA bill, changed the collection of taxes for noncommercial aviation jet fuel and required the funds to be deposited into the Highway Trust Fund.
A San Bernardino, Calif. Superior Court judge dissolved a temporary restraining order against the San Bernardino Airport Authority on Friday, paving the way for the authority to terminate its fueling contract with SBD Airport Services. SBD is one of several companies operating at the airport with ties to airport developer Scot Spencer and former airport executive director T. Milford Harrison.
Flexjet is offering new and existing customers free fuel when they purchase fractional shares from now until April 30. Customers purchasing a one-sixteenth share in a Learjet will receive a credit of 12 hours of free fuel; a similar share in a Challenger earns a 25-hour fuel credit. According to Flexjet, the credit, which includes fuel component adjustments and federal excise taxes, is based on published rates on the day of contract closing and will be applied to the fuel surcharges per hour flown.
Fuel supplier BP announced today that it has ended its licensing agreement with Epic Aviation, its exclusive North American licensee for the Air BP brand, which distributes fuel to approximately 350 FBOs in North America. According to the announcement, BP intends to enter the U.S. general aviation business as a direct fuel supplier to FBOs.
The Line Shack, an already popular stop for military helicopter cross-country hops, has been awarded a contract to fuel government aircraft. Located at Ardmore Airpark in Oklahoma, and pretty much in the geographic center of the country, it is known for its rustic appearance and museum dedicated to the thousands of airmen who trained at the facility during World War II.
Houston-based fuel provider Phillips 66 has added 85 former Exxon dealers to its network, bringing its total number of branded FBOs to 866 nationwide. The new locations, situated mainly on the West Coast, will be served by distributor World Fuel Services and participate in the Phillips 66 WingPoints rewards program.