Russian Helicopters and CAE are studying the joint development of helicopter flight simulators and pilot training programs in Tomilino, near Moscow. They will also discuss the joint creation of training centers elsewhere in Russia and other countries, the companies said. Under the proposed partnership, Russian Helicopters would “gain access to CAE’s technologies,” while CAE will in turn “have the opportunity to promote its products for Russian-built helicopters.”
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Independent FBO network organization Paragon Aviation Group is launching Paragon Preferred, a program that will allow flight departments to receive customized fuel pricing from each participating Paragon network location. The program becomes operational on October 1, but customers can register now for Paragon Preferred. Customers can receive the preferred pricing data through the Paragon website, as an attached spreadsheet in a weekly email or via Fuelerlinx.
Airbus and China’s Tsinghua University have agreed to jointly investigate biofuel feedstocks in the country in an initiative designed to identify the best options for sustainable commercialization of alternative fuel supply for aviation. By early next year, Airbus hopes to have narrowed down the list of possible feedstocks, which will include cooking oil and algae, to the most promising alternative fuel solutions. With that decision taken, the partners intend to investigate ways to accelerate production.
Jetex Flight Support has introduced a new program that allows qualifying aircraft operators to buy fuel more easily without paying value added tax (VAT). The service is provided through the flight planning and support group’s new subsidiary, Jetex Fueling Services. Initially the program will be available in Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Switzerland. Jetex intends to extend it to other countries in the future, according to program manager Ahmed Ghazal.
Canada’s National Research Council (Hall 4 Stand C18B) has been flight-testing its Dassault Falcon 20 fueled by biofuel while sampling the exhaust using a probe fitted to a Lockheed T-33 chase plane. The NRC believes the exercise to be a world first.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) served as an ideal destination this week for a series of biofuel demonstration flights that transported, among others, ICAO secretary general Raymond Benjamin to Rio de Janeiro for the sessions.
Directional Aviation Capital, the business aviation-oriented private equity firm headed by Kenn Ricci, acquired charter broker Sentient Jet and aviation fuel management company Everest Fuel Management for an undisclosed sum from Australia-based Macquarie Group. The deal closed May 31, but wasn’t revealed to employees at Sentient and Evergreen until last week.
Thirteen aviation groups, including NBAA and GAMA, are firmly supporting continued research by the Department of Defense on the use of biofuels after the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to strip funding for those efforts. By a 13-12 vote last month, Senate committee members are blocking Defense participation in programs to construct biofuel refineries and have prohibited the Pentagon from purchasing renewable biofuels that are more expensive than regular jet fuel.
Amyris’s jet biofuel, which is sourced from Brazilian sugar cane, has passed all required testing and will be used during a demonstration flight this month on an Azul Airlines GE CF34-10E-powered Embraer E195. The flight will take place in Brazil on June 19 during the Rio+20 United Nations conference on sustainable development.