Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) achieved a milestone in the quest for adoption of biofuels when it made the first flight by a civil jet powered by 100-percent unblended biofuel. At the end of October, the NRC’s Dassault Falcon 20 made the historic flight over Ottawa, burning a new biofuel known as ReadiJet, derived from Brassica carinata, an inedible oilseed crop provided by feedstock producer Agrisoma Biosciences.
Adverse oil prices and cut-throat rivalry have left airlines scrambling to limit losses with the increasingly attractive option of jet-fuel hedging. Although a complex exercise, hedging essentially involves locking in a forward fixed price, allowing an increasing number of airlines to avoid surprises from unforeseen cost fluctuations. Today, jet-fuel hedgers trade contracts in Singapore, Rotterdam, the U.S. Gulf Coast or New York, as well as crude and heating oil or gas oil in London and New York, the two most liquid swaps and options markets.
The FAA issued an AD–Docket FAA-2012-0222– on September 6 for some versions of the Eurocopter AS350. The directive, which is effective from October 11 this year, was issued after an in-flight fire caused by the ignition of hydraulic fluid leaking from a damaged forward servo-control hydraulic hose. The AD is intended to prevent the forward servo-control hydraulic hoses from becoming damaged and leaking hydraulic fluid that could ignite in flight.
Skyscapes, a new basecoat/clearcoat exterior paint developed by Sherwin-Williams Aerospace, now has two complete coatings, including pretreatment, corrosion protective primer, topcoat and clearcoat. Both are certified with SAE International’s Aerospace Material Specification 3095 (AMS 3095). One system includes Alodine, 483987 primer and Skyscapes basecoat/clearcoat. The second system is Alodine, 483787 chrome hazard-free primer and Skyscapes basecoat/clearcoat.
Premier Solutions of America has introduced a new “eco-friendly” paint stripper that is “biodegradable, non-toxic, easy to use and easy to apply.”
The EFS 2500 paint and/or powder-coat remover has been engineered to replace hazardous methylene chloride-based paint strippers. MeCl is a known carcinogen and is a chemical classified as a hazardous air pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Business jet manufacturers are quietly progressing toward more-electric architectures, where electricity replaces hydraulic and pneumatic power in systems such as brakes, landing gear or even control-surface actuation. This avoids the use of environmentally unfriendly hydraulic fluids and ultimately should help reduce fuel burn.
The new Hi-Fly “t” series of espresso and coffee makers by Iacobucci HF Electronics S.p.A., enables brewers to connect their own external source of water rather than rely on the machine’s tank. Both the Hi-Fly “t” Americana coffee machine and the Hi-Fly “t” Espresso & Cappuccino unit are percolating here at Booth No. 737.
Air BP and ConocoPhillips took to the pulpit at EAA AirVenture to announce new oil and lubrication products, primarily for piston aircraft.
UK-headquartered Spectro, and Jet-Care, both divisions and trading names of Palace International, Ltd. (Booth No. 1523), have returned to EBACE with their largest ever range of performance monitoring programs, focusing on the Pratt & Whitney Canada series of small turbofans and turboprops. At the same time, Jet-Care is highlighting its condition monitoring service, which it now is offering to helicopter operators.
From Italian cabin supplier Iacobucci HF Electronics comes a new galley espresso maker. At 6.3 inches wide, 12 inches high, 10.8 inches deep and 26.45 pounds, the machine is sized for the small galley. The hot water system isn’t pressurized and it includes over-temperature and low-water automatic shutdown, and non-scorching steam outlet.