After a year of programming and Web design, Globalair.com has unveiled a new graphical fuel-price route planning service that allows operators to plot trips via airports offering the lowest fuel prices. Globalair.com’s new Max-Trax service shows prices at FBOs that participate in the company’s Airport Resource Center (ARC) information service, for both jet-A and 100LL avgas buyers. Demos are available at Globalair.com’s NBAA booth (No.
After Diamond Aircraft announced that the synthetic-vision technology (SVT) upgrade for the DA40 piston single would be priced at $9,995, pilots of single-engine Cessna models started asking how much they would pay for the Garmin G1000 enhancement. The surprising answer is zero dollars for a limited time in the 182 Skylane.
Congress has allocated $8.5 million to research on alternative piston aviation fuels in the coming fiscal year. Though current supplies and production of 100LL avgas are secure for the near term, AOPA argues that alternatives may become necessary later.
Testifying before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on air-quality standards for lead, AOPA executive v-p of government affairs Andy Cebula warned that any immediate changes to current aviation fuel standards would have a “direct impact on the safety of flight and the very future of light aircraft in this country.”
When he left his vice president slot at the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) earlier this year to become senior vice president of government and technical affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Andrew Cebula had to change his point of view along with the alphabet initials on his business card.
Several speakers at the FAA’s 10th annual general aviation forecast conference, held in Wichita April 15 and 16, disputed the agency’s numerical prophecies. Helicopter Association International president Roy Resavage asserted the FAA was underestimating the number of in-service civil helicopters by 50 percent, skewing that part of the forecast.
In the two years since it began a $15 million rebuilding program at Dallas Love Field (DAL), Business Jet Center has more than doubled its market share on the field, which hosts seven FBOs. Now with a 24-percent share of the market at busy DAL, Business Jet pumps nearly 3.8 million gallons of Phillips 66 jet-A and avgas annually, averaging better than 315,000 gal per month, according to general manager Stephanie Jordan.
A Cessna 182 recently flew from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Carlsbad, Calif, running on jet-A. The aircraft is powered by an SMA SR305-230 turbodiesel piston engine, reported AOPA. The 230-hp engine was tested at 100-percent power for the entire flight and showed a 40-percent increase in range over a regular avgas-fueled 182, according to Riley Aero International, the Carlsbad company that is developing the conversion.
General aviation fatalities dropped 30 percent last year, to 491 from 703 in 2006, according to the NTSB. But the total number of general aviation accidents was higher, climbing to 1,631 in 2007 from 1,518 in 2006. The total number of accidents includes 20 U.S.-registered aircraft mishaps that occurred outside the U.S., its territories or possessions.
Prodded by perceived FAA failings and the threat of summer air travel delays, the Senate Transportation and Finance Committees reached agreement late last week on how to fund the FAA for the next four years. If the bill is approved by the full Senate today, it is expected to keep avgas taxes at the current rate of 19.3 cents per gallon but increase jet fuel taxes to 36 cents per gallon, up from 21.8 cents.