Several elements of the Next Generation Air Transportation System depend on GPS-based area navigation (RNAV) and required navigation performance (RNP). RNP is essentially RNAV with onboard performance and alerting capability. The ability of the aircraft's own navigation system to monitor its navigation performance and to inform the crew if the required performance is not being met is a defining capability of RNP operations.
Avfuel, known best for its global fuel distribution services, is here at NBAA (Booth No. 7346) promoting its new Avplan worldwide flight-planning business.
World Fuel Services has agreed to acquire Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Western Petroleum, including its branded aviation fuel distribution business, for $95 million. The $95 million purchase price could be increased by up to $20 million if Western’s net assets exceed an agreed target at completion of the deal, which is expected this month.
The benefits of implementing NextGen and its European counterpart, the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar), are threefold: not only will the new procedures and technologies improve safety and efficiency, but they will also yield environmental benefits. The ultimate goal is to increase airspace capacity while reducing fuel burn, emissions and noise.
World Fuel Services on Monday announced an agreement to acquire Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Western Petroleum, including its branded aviation fuel distribution business, for $95 million.
Aircraft performance is a subject that many pilots dread, during both preflight planning and post-lunch ground school sessions in stuffy classrooms when the lines on flight manual charts blend together as eyelids droop and weary brains reject the stimulus of yet more caffeine.
Fuel distributor Avfuel now offers international flight planning and ground handling through its Avplan subsidiary. Avfuel currently provides fuel to more
Flight planning Web site FltPlan.com is now offering runway analysis services by Aircraft Performance Group (APG) integrated with flight planning. Runway analysis may allow departures at heavier maximum takeoff weights, according to FltPlan.com, thanks to APG’s Airport Analyzer.
UVflightplanner.com, Universal Weather and Aviation’s flight planning system for business aviation, now has integrated fuel tankering calculations, which the company claims is an industry first. The new system, which goes live this week, allows operators to quickly decide when and how they should fill tanks with fuel during a trip.
Recent years have seen growing business aircraft traffic to Eastern Europe and farther east into the Balkan and Caucasian states. But airport infrastructure there and an unwillingness to embrace the level of service required by bizav operators and their passengers have meant that the region is still far from user-friendly and potentially unsafe.