Air BP recently conducted its first off-airport-site aircraft refueling operation in the Middle East. In June, an Air BP operations team refueled HeliDubai’s Agusta 109e at the HeliDubai Festival City helipad, which was opened in September. Following the successful fueling, complete control of the fueling operations was handed over to HeliDubai’s operational team as the helicopter operator became the first Air BP customer in the Middle East to sign up for the fuel supplier’s Omega (operations manual for external general aviation) support and training program.
Economy of Alaska
The FAA last week issued oil company BP and unmanned aircraft manufacturer AeroVironment its first official approval for commercial operations over land in the U.S. using unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Flights using AeroVironment’s 13.5-pound Puma AE began immediately on June 8, performing aerial surveillance of BP’s pipelines and other facilities in support of the Prudhoe Bay oilfield in Alaska.
Last summer, the FAA issued restricted-category type certificates to the Puma for limited aerial surveillance but only over Arctic waters.
The FAA issued a certificate of authorization (COA) to AeroVironment allowing the company to fly its Puma AE unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for energy company BP in Alaska, the first time the agency has approved a commercial UAS operation over land.
Air BP signed an agreement today with Grupa Lotos to form a new 50-50 joint venture–Lotos-Air BP Polska–to manage the supply, logistics and marketing of aviation fuel in Poland to airline and general aviation customers. Alex Junge, Air BP’s performance unit leader for northern and central Europe, said general aviation customers will be able to use their Air BP Sterling card at all the new joint-venture locations. Air BP expects the deal to be sealed in the next six to eight weeks, subject to competition authority approval.
ExxonMobil confirmed to AIN that it has decided to exit the general aviation fuels business in the U.S. and dissolve its network of Avitat-branded FBOs.
Continuing the recent trend of major oil companies scaling back their general aviation commitments, ExxonMobil confirmed to AIN today that it has decided to exit the general aviation fuels business and dissolve its network of Avitat-branded FBOs.
Fuel provider Air BP has released dates for its nationwide two-day safety and quality-control seminar series. Airport personnel, pilots, FBOs and flight department employees are invited to learn about current safety regulations with trainers Walter Chartrand and Dave Ware.
EXXONMOBIL INTRODUCES FBO TRAINING PROGRAM
West Star Aviation is now the only FBO and Air BP the only fuel supplier at Walker Field in Grand Junction, Colo., following West Star’s purchase of Timberline Aviation. However, West Star president Bob Barry promised he will maintain the former Timberline’s fuel price margins and aircraft tiedown rates. “We intend to keep fuel prices regionally competitive,” he said.
One of the world’s greatest civil engineering projects, the $8 billion Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) carries crude oil 800 miles south from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to a pipeline terminus at Port Valdez. Built between 1975 and 1977, the pipeline at the time was the largest and most expensive privately funded construction project ever undertaken.