Civil unrest in the Middle East has pushed up the price of jet fuel by more than 30 percent since December. In response, airlines have increased ticket prices, and some have announced they will begin grounding older, less-efficient aircraft types. While no one knows for sure how long this spike in prices will last, it has prompted many in the industry to turn their attention back to the promise of biofuel.
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Independent FBO network Paragon Aviation Group has added five members: Maguire Aviation at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California, Aero Air at Portland-Hillsboro Airport (HIO) in Oregon, Galvin Flying Service at Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, First Aviation Services at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey and XJet at Centennial Airport (APA) in Colorado.
For a pilot worried about whether the next bump in operating costs will be one more incentive for the boss to sell the airplane, recent volatility of oil prices and rising jet-A prices must be disturbing.
The family-owned FBO located at McAllen-Miller International Airport (MFE) is the latest to brand with Michigan-based contract fuel specialist AvFuel. “McCreery Aviation is constantly looking for new ways to provide the best service possible,” said owner and president Bob McCreery. The lone services provider at MFE offers a full slate of aircraft services, including maintenance, parts sales, avionics and charter.
On the eve of Heli-Expo 2011, training provider CAE (Booth No. 1253) announced both the completion of its acquisition of CHC Helicopter’s flight training operations and a partnership agreement to provide flight training for CHC Helicopter personnel.
Corporate aviation information provider JetNet (Booth No. 3621) is promoting its new CRM and iQ services. CRM (customer relationship management) is a Web-based contact management system for the company’s Evolution customers; iQ is a forecasting and “premium advisory service” for business aviation professionals.
In the “near future,” FlightSafety (Booth No. 5106) will be adding Pratt & Whitney Canada turboshaft engine training to centers in Curitiba, Brazil; Johannesburg, South Africa; Melbourne, Australia; and Beijing, China. The company currently offers training for the PT6B, PT6C, PT6T and PW206/207 at centers in Dallas/Fort Worth, Wichita, West Palm Beach, Montreal, Toronto, Paris Le Bourget and Singapore.
Cobham will provide synthetic vision-based EFIS to retrofit the Eurocopter and Bell fleets of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. LAPD operates 14 Eurocopter AS350-B2 and five Bell B206 helicopters, while LASD has 14 AS350s.
Days before Heli-Expo 2011, Enstrom Helicopter delivered the first of 30 TH-480B turbine training helicopters ordered by the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF), and the company is still hovering a little above the ground in the afterglow of the late February delivery ceremony in Japan.
Night Flight Concepts (Booth No. 3428) has announced an online course to educate flight crews about the growing threat from laser strikes. According to the FAA, the number of laser strikes directed at aircraft cockpits continues to increase, causing loss of situational awareness, flash blindness and retinal damage.