For a pilot worried about whether the next bump in operating costs will be one more incentive for the boss to sell the airplane, recent volatility of oil prices and rising jet-A prices must be disturbing.
BP has sold its share in Epic Aviation to Dallas-based aviation fuel services provider Downstream Aviation. Epic, which operates as Air BP Aviation Services, supports the fuel and business needs of the approximately 400 branded FBOs in the Air BP network. BP and Downstream have entered into an exclusive brand and supply agreement whereby Epic will continue to provide general aviation fuels under the Air BP brand in the U.S. and Canada.
Eurocopter might exhibit a hybrid helicopter, using both piston engines and electric motors like a hybrid car, by Heli-Expo 2020. Parent company EADS last year unveiled a helicopter concept that could burn 50 percent less fuel than its traditional equivalent. EADS Innovation Works is devising a way to combine diesel engines, generators, batteries and electric motors.
The recently opened FBO at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport was awarded Leed gold status last month by the U.S. Green Building Council based on the design, construction and operation of the high-performance environmentally friendly building.
Supporting the burgeoning development of wind farms is the next big growth opportunity in the offshore helicopter transportation market, according to Eurocopter UK managing director Markus Steinke. He estimates that by 2020 there will be demand for at least 20 helicopters to be flying to and from offshore wind turbines in the UK sector of the North Sea alone.
Heritage Aviation, the recently opened FBO at Vermontπs Burlington International Airport, has just been awarded Leed gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Airbus, Brazilian carrier TAM Linhas Aéreas and others interested in the feasibility of biofuels for aviation use are working to establish a “bio-kerosene jet-fuel” processing plant in Brazil, aiming to “gradually substitute fossil fuel with biofuel.” Other companies participating include Brazilian renewable energy Curcas and biofuel producer Brasil Ecodiesel, along with AirBP.
Chevron plans to sell its Caribbean fuel marketing and aviation businesses to Vitogaz, a subsidiary of France-based Rubis, by this year’s third quarter. The transaction will include a service station network, equity interest in a refinery operation, terminals and aviation facilities as well as Chevron’s commercial and industrial fuel businesses, according to the company.
The FAA is proposing for the Cessna Citation X an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that would require an inspection to determine the serial numbers of the APU generator and the left and right engine direct-current generators. It would also require related corrective actions, if necessary, and a revision to the airplane flight manual.
Richard Santulli’s new helicopter leasing venture, Milestone Aviation Group, completed its first deal last month–a contract for two Sikorsky 76C++s for Brazil OGP operator Omni Taxi Aereo. The helicopters will be used to service offshore contracts with Petrobras.