Apopka, Fla.-based GreenFlight International continues to refine its “first generation” biofuel for jets and plans to conduct the first biofuel transcontinental flight using this blend within the next 60 days, company founder Douglas Rodante told AIN.
Online fuel buyer AML Global is preparing to start offering discounted insurance and pilot training rates to business aircraft operators. The company claims to save operators an average of 7 to 10 percent on jet-A purchased through its process.
When he left his vice president slot at the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) earlier this year to become senior vice president of government and technical affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Andrew Cebula had to change his point of view along with the alphabet initials on his business card.
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.
3i, a UK-based investment holding company, is reported to be the front- runner in the race to buy Swiss-based Jet Aviation, according to a report in TheDeal.com. The online business publication wrote that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which also owns NetJets and FlightSafety International, had made a one-time, take-it-or-leave-it offer of $480 million for Jet Aviation.
In the two years since it began a $15 million rebuilding program at Dallas Love Field (DAL), Business Jet Center has more than doubled its market share on the field, which hosts seven FBOs. Now with a 24-percent share of the market at busy DAL, Business Jet pumps nearly 3.8 million gallons of Phillips 66 jet-A and avgas annually, averaging better than 315,000 gal per month, according to general manager Stephanie Jordan.
A Cessna 182 recently flew from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Carlsbad, Calif, running on jet-A. The aircraft is powered by an SMA SR305-230 turbodiesel piston engine, reported AOPA. The 230-hp engine was tested at 100-percent power for the entire flight and showed a 40-percent increase in range over a regular avgas-fueled 182, according to Riley Aero International, the Carlsbad company that is developing the conversion.
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.
The direct reports from Jet Aviation concerning its “for sale” status do not reveal much in the way of hard news. At least not yet. A spokesman confirmed the company has engaged New York investment house Goldman Sachs to handle the possible sale of the, family-owned company.
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.