A private fuel farm isn’t right for every operator, but it has worked out well for the flight department at Eastman Chemical, Blountville, Tenn., based at Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI). The company has had a flight department since 1957 (flying a DC-3) and now operates a pair of Gulfstream IIs and a GIV-SP.
The dream of solar-powered, long-distance flight is taking shape. Bertrand Piccard, one of the two pilots who became famous with the first round-the-world balloon flight, yesterday introduced a model of a sun-powered, single-pilot airplane that could fly in 2008. The latest design update of the Solar Impulse aircraft, shown here at the Paris Air Show, included noticeable design changes since program launch late in 2003.
Airliners now entering revenue service will be around for the next few decades, over which time forecasters expect the cost of kerosene to rise significantly. Higher oil extraction costs and likely carbon dioxide (CO2) emission limits will no doubt radically alter air transport economics. The industry will simultaneously have to drastically reduce CO2 emissions from aircraft engines and find alternative fuels for them.
Avcon Industries, a subsidiary of Butler National, has received FAA group approval for its next-generation RVSM solution in Learjet 35/36s equipped with the FC-200 autopilot. According to the company, the Avcon RVSM solution now covers the Learjet 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 35 and 36 and allows interface with the most advanced glass-cockpit display systems.
Although pilots often overlook evaluating the quality of the fuel they pump into their aircraft, fuel quality warrants a close look.
There is an instance of pilots finding milk in their fuel tanks. No one ever determined how the milk found its way into the aircraft.
The eNfusion cabin network accelerator from EMS Satcom appears to be gaining a following. The Ottawa company reports that it has delivered more than a dozen in the past several months, and Jet Aviation installed the first full eNfusion in a Falcon 900 at its West Palm Beach completion and refurb facility.
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