Always looking for new ways to serve customers, Wilson Air Center founder Robert Wilson came up with the idea to modify fuel trucks so that they can display fuel delivered in pounds as well as gallons. Wilson flies his own turbine-powered airplanes and is familiar with the errors that can occur when converting gallons to pounds during fuel purchases.
Chuck Greenwood, a Phillips 66 dealer in Ponca City, Okla., has instituted a unique pricing structure for jet operators. They can buy fuel at his cost, then pay a flat $100 fee for any amount up to the first 1,000 gallons and 10 cents per gallon for any amount greater than 1,000 gallons.
Executive Jet Management recently earned ISO 9001:2000 certification, making the company one of the few U.S. charter, management and maintenance companies to receive such approval. The ISO 9000 series of standards represents an international consensus on quality-management practices with the objective of ensuring that a company can “consistently achieve customer and regulatory quality requirements,” EJM said.
The average price of jet fuel in the U.S. is edging upward, according to two independent surveys. Within the lower 48 states, Fillup Flyer Fuel Finder (www.fillupflyer.com) reported that the average price in late March was $2.63 a gallon, up about 15 cents since January. The highest price found by Fuel Finder was $4.15 a gallon in the Southeast region.
Mach 1, a Southern California aircraft broker, and two of its principals, Brian Doherty and John Mouyos, plan to appeal a jury’s decision that they are liable for fraud, according to their attorney. A Southern California Superior Court jury recently ordered the defendants to pay more than $30 million in damages to Jet Source, an FBO and aircraft sales firm at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif.
The average price of a gallon of jet-A at U.S. FBOs in mid-December was $2.48 to $2.51, according to two independent surveys of hundreds of FBOs. This average nearly matches the average reported over the last several months. AirNav (www.airnav.com/fuel/report/html) reported finding the least costly fuel ($1.50 a gallon) at one or more FBOs in the Central and Great Lakes areas.
Robinson now offers air conditioning in the R44 Raven II. Each seat is equipped with an individual overhead vent providing a total airflow of 250 cubic feet per minute. The 33-pound system, mounted on the aft cabin bulkhead and thus preserving all four baggage compartments, uses the latest automotive refrigerant and has a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU per hour.
According to BP, rapid growth in demand for all forms of energy dominated world energy markets last year, leading to rising prices. While growth in demand from China in particular was exceptional, BP said the strength of demand growth was a global phenomenon, increasing above the 10-year trend in every region of the world.
Heli-Dyne Systems has sold a new Bell 206BIII JetRanger to Duke University for use as an environmental observation platform.
Dr. Roni Avissar, chairman of the university’sdepartment of civil and environmental engineering, plans to use the helicopter to study air pollution and climate change.
Bell Helicopter has selected a variety of Honeywell avionics for its light-twin Model 429, highlighted by the new solid-state KSG-7200 air-data attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS). Derived from Honeywell air transport and business jet technology, the system features miniaturized electromechanical sensors (MEMS) rather than legacy spinning gyros and accelerometers.