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.
Airbus in late February successfully tested an emissions-free fuel cell in flight. The hydrogen- and oxygen-based fuel cell system generated up to 20 kilowatts of electrical power on an A320 test aircraft, and the output was used to power the aircraft’s electric motor pump for the back-up hydraulic circuit that operates the aircraft’s ailerons.
Deals like this one don’t come along everyday. Satcom maker EMS Technologies announced a large price reduction for its HSD-128 high-speed data satcom terminal at the NBAA show last month, from a suggested retail price of $182,750 to a new list price of $135,000. But buyers had better act soon–the almost $50,000 drop in price is effective only through the end of the year, according to the Ottawa, Ontario company.
Hawker Beechcraft Beechjet 400A, Norfolk, Va., June 14, 2006–The NTSB said the probable cause of the dual engine flameout was the accretion of high-altitude ice crystals on the compressor vanes and their ingestion into the engine high-pressure compressor when the pilots pulled back the power levers. This caused compressor surges and the flameouts of both engines.
Airbus on February 1 successfully made what it billed as the world’s first flight of a commercial aircraft powered by synthetic fuel. The A380 flew from Filton, UK to Toulouse, France, powered by a liquid fuel processed from gas using the Fischer-Tropsch process. During the three-hour flight, the number-one engine was fed a blend of synthetic and jet fuels, while the remaining three operated on standard jet fuel.