The recently approved highway reauthorization bill was passed without repeal of the fuel fraud tax, according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). The tax was part of the 2005 highway bill, an effort to prevent truckers from avoiding highway taxes by filling up with jet fuel. NATA plans to continue its efforts to repeal the tax, according to Eric Byer, v-p of government and industry affairs.
With increasing visibility outside North America, operating more than 3,500 locations worldwide, Avfuel (Stand 456) claims that growing availability of its contract fuel service ensures that corporate flight departments are able to buy fuel at competitive prices no matter where they fly. In addition to boasting a growing network of its outlets, the U.S.-based group provides automated billing to streamline transactions.
Fuel supplier BP announced today that it has ended its licensing agreement with Epic Aviation, its exclusive North American licensee for the Air BP brand, which distributes fuel to approximately 350 FBOs in North America. According to the announcement, BP intends to enter the U.S. general aviation business as a direct fuel supplier to FBOs.
Houston-based fuel provider Phillips 66 has added 85 former Exxon dealers to its network, bringing its total number of branded FBOs to 866 nationwide. The new locations, situated mainly on the West Coast, will be served by distributor World Fuel Services and participate in the Phillips 66 WingPoints rewards program.
U-Fuel, a provider of aircraft fueling stations, has designed a self-contained unmanned “FBO-in-a-box” concept that it says is aimed at lowering the cost of operating at small airports.
The design consists of a weatherproof steel enclosure that contains self-service pumps for various fuels, an air-conditioned lounge with restroom, as well as a meeting room with telephone, wireless Internet and vending equipment for food, beverages and aviation items.
While on my way to work a couple of weeks ago, I stopped at a gas station and filled up my car. As I headed back onto the parkway, the engine started running rough and less than two miles later it shuddered to a stop. Knowing the eight years of wear and tear I had put on the car, I sighed as I called the tow truck, believing the grasp of mechanical old age was finally putting its inevitable squeeze on my car and wallet.
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.
Aviation fuel-management software provider FuelerLinx has unveiled a new fueling pricing aid. The San Francisco-based company, which developed software that automatically finds the latest fuel prices for its customers, is demonstrating its FBOLinx Web site (www.fbolinx.com) here at the NBAA convention (Booth No. 5748).
Everest Fuel Management is using its NBAA appearance (Booth No. 6048) to mark an impressive milestone. In business for five years, the Houston-based company has recently added its 2,000th jet to its fuel program.
Fluctuations in the price of jet fuel during the past two years, coupled with the uncertain economy, have steered many operators and flight departments toward alternative fuel purchasing choices in an effort to reduce costs. Contract fueling programs are thus gaining popularity among business aviation operators.