Havasu Air Center near Arizona’s Lake Havasu has joined the Avfuel dealer network. The FBO is owned by brothers Dante and Darren Marinelli and features a 5,500-sq-ft terminal building, 100,000-sq-ft hangar and a new weather awning. The terminal building offers pilot snooze rooms and a private lounge plus a movie theater, complimentary coffee, ice and refreshments and concierge service.
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Williams International last month completed extended testing of a coal-based, alternative fuel in an FJ44-3 engine. Two thousand gallons of the synthetic fuel powered the turbofan for 118 cycles over 21 hours. According to Williams, the fuel, which was developed by a team at Penn State University with help from Intertek-PARC and Duquesne University, performed well.
Phillips 66 Aviation added six new FBOs to its branded dealer network, bringing the total to more than 622 in the U.S. Among the new FBOs are Creve Coeur Airport near St. Louis; Beatrice Municipal Airport in Nebraska; Silverwing Flight Services at Sandpoint Airport, Idaho; and Andalusia Airport Authority in Alabama.
FBO Cleveland Jet Center at Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Airport has added jet-A and avgas supplied by Avfuel to its list of services. Renovated facilities at the FBO include a 34,000-sq-ft office building fronted by a porte-cochere entrance and a 25,000-sq-ft heated hangar. When the weather is warm, customers can hone their skills on an outdoor putting green, and in the winter a heated waiting area
As concern for the environment gathers urgency, a number of manufacturers are studying the use of biofuels, which they consider a low-CO2 alternative to petroleum-based fuels.
FBO Global Aviation, based at Portland-Hillsboro Airport in Oregon, has devised a new twist on consolidating contract-fuel pricing information. While other companies have attempted in the past to create one-stop Web sites that display prices from multiple contract fueling companies, Global Aviation has taken this concept one step further by acting as the buyer for all of its customers’ contract fuel transactions.
Embraer CAE Training Services, a joint venture of Brazilian OEM Embraer and Canadian simulator training services provider CAE, launched its first pilot and technical training programs for the Phenom 100 entry-level jet, to be based at the CAE training facility in Dallas. While the announcement at NBAA’08 marked the official launch, technical training actually began in August and pilot training in September.
Chevron Global Aviation launched a fuel buyer reward program called FlyBuys that offers gas and merchandise gift cards as rewards. FlyBuys is Chevron’s first aviation reward program since the merger of Chevron and Texaco in 2001. Pilots can open their own FlyBuys account, or flight departments can pool cumulative points using one account and hand out rewards as gift cards to anyone in the organization.
After a year of programming and Web design, Globalair.com has unveiled a new graphical fuel-price route planning service that allows operators to plot trips via airports offering the lowest fuel prices. Globalair.com’s new Max-Trax service shows prices at FBOs that participate in the company’s Airport Resource Center (ARC) information service, for both jet-A and 100LL avgas buyers. Demos are available at Globalair.com’s NBAA booth (No.
Phillips 66 Aviation has launched a reward program for buyers of Phillips 66 fuel, with an added bonus of double rewards when buyers use their Phillips 66 Aviation credit card. The new WingPoints program is flexible in that rewards are in the form of debit or gift cards usable at dozens of retailers, and the rewards can be given to anyone in the fuel-buying company.