The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and National Air Transportation Association (NATA) both recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on proposed new rules for limiting de-icing fluid runoff at commercial airports. The EPA proposal would establish standards for the amount of aircraft de-icing fluid that airports must recapture and prevent from entering wastewater runoff.
Air Partner Fuel, launched last year as part of the international group’s strategy to offer a comprehensive range of aviation services and products, made its first appearance at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. Air Partner Fuel currently supports nearly 2,100 oil companies at more than 2,600 locations worldwide, providing jet-A spot prices on request and offering all-inclusive prices.
Purdue University has received a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Air Force to establish a new facility to test aircraft engines and develop alternative fuels. The National Test Facility for Fuels and Propulsion–which is expected to open late this year or early next–will be located at Purdue Airport in the school’s Niswonger Aviation Technology Building.
Jet Aviation this week laid off 94 full-time employees at its completions and maintenance facility in Basel, Switzerland. The employees were allowed to leave work immediately yesterday but will be paid for another two or three months, depending on the terms of their contracts.
Jet Aviation, one of only two authorized Pats Aircraft Systems modification specialists for auxiliary fuel tank maintenance, is performing the mod work at its Basel and Geneva maintenance centers in compliance with the latest amendment to Special Federal Aviation Regulation 88 (SFAR 88).
Chevron has unveiled the newest topic in its online FBO training series, titled Refueler Operator Training. The course–available for employees of Chevron- and Texaco-branded FBOs–provides line personnel a review of safe fuel-handling practices and techniques to improve efficiency. The self-paced interactive program features animations, graphics and demonstrations as well as step-by-step instructions.
For the past several months, analysts and industry observers have been noting signs of a recovery, even as some statistics suggest otherwise. So where is the truth? Is the industry bouncing back, or is it experiencing a yo-yo effect and there’s more down to come?
“It depends,” in the noncommittal words of one analyst.
JetSet Aviation Holdings’s acquisition of the type certificate and associated rights for the MS760 ParisJet could well breathe new life into an aircraft that former owner Socata had probably written off. Designed, built and originally certified in France in the 1950s by Morane-Saulnier, the predecessor of Socata, the new owner calls the MS760 the world’s first very light jet.
Honeywell (Booth No. 2600) has completed initial testing of renewable jet fuel on its TPE331 and TFE731 engines and an auxiliary power unit. Performance and fuel economy were comparable to typical aviation fuels, but emissions were reduced by 15 to 50 percent depending on the engine and its power setting. The biofuel blend tested was developed by UOP, a Honeywell subsidiary based in Des Plaines, Ill.
Shell Aviation (Booth No. 3259) is offering a new customer loyalty rewards program for purchasers of Shell-branded aviation gasoline and jet fuel at participating Shell Aviation FBOs around the country. The new Shell AeroClass program allows individuals or organizations to earn points based on fuel purchases, which can be redeemed for MasterCard gift cards.