A year ago, EBACE was full of talk about which engine manufacturers would compete for the upcoming requirement for a 10,000-pound-thrust class engine to power the new generation of super-midsize business jets. At that time, no fewer than five companies appeared to be serious about competing in the sector.
Taking the pulse of the offshore oil industry is like grabbing a handful of the viscous mud drillers use for lubrication in the drilling process. What seems like a hard-and-fast situation one minute can dribble through one’s fingers the next. Agility is the secret to success.
Avfuel Corp., a leading independent supplier of aviation fuels and services, has entered into an agreement with Texaco to purchase its general aviation business in California, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. The divestiture is one of the Federal Trade Commission requirements that will allow for the merger of Chevron and Texaco.
When you pull up to the gas pump in your car, you probably don’t think much about what is in your fuel. Perhaps you try to find a certain brand based on the fuel card in your pocket, but usually price is the primary factor. What about when you’re fueling your aircraft? Most corporate aircraft pilots and operators are aware of the fuel system icing inhibitors (FSII) and biocides available as additives for jet-A and jet-A1.
Cessna Aircraft chairman and CEO Russ Meyer (right) and Avfuel Corp. president and CEO Craig Sincock on August 29 signed an agreement that will reduce fuel costs for operators of any Cessna turbine-powered aircraft.
Boeing Business Jets are included in a new AD that expands the provisions of an August 30 emergency AD concerning possible exposed wires in fuel pumps that, in combination with a volatile air/fuel vapor mix in a partially filled fuel tank, could cause an explosion.
ChevronTexaco expanded its reach when its general aviation division announced that the Hiller Group, a major distributor of ChevronTexaco aviation products, would expand its marketing territory. Based in Tampa, Fla., Hiller already supported more than 140 Chevron-branded FBOs in the South and Southeast.
During a House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing last month, Air Transport Association (ATA) president and CEO James May claimed that airline jets are five to six times more fuel efficient than corporate jets. “Carrying 200 people and cargo across the country in a single airplane burns a lot less fuel than 33 separate corporate jets, each flying six people,” May testified. He added that U.S.
Chevron Global Aviation has taken an unusual approach to customer service; the Houston-based company is sending its Chevron and Texaco-branded FBO employees to the Disney Institute for customer service and service culture training. The two-day course syllabus includes schooling in customer loyalty, quality service and employee hiring and training. The course will be held May 8-9 in Orlando, Fla., and September 18-19 in Anaheim, Calif.
Business and general aviation will likely be “slow adopters” of alternative fuel unless they have significant incentive, such as price, according to Frost & Sullivan research analysts.