Ruag Aviation is expanding its FBO activities to Switzerland’s Lugano Airport by partnering with E Aviation Lugano, the local FBO provider. With Ruag’s strong footprint in maintenance and aircraft, the two companies now offer an array of services at Lugano, ranging from passenger and crew services to technical assistance and line maintenance services. The companies believe that Lugano Airport will be the business aviation hub for northern Italy. Ruag also has an FBO at Geneva Airport.
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Stratosphere Fuel is launching a fuel-discount and flight-handling program in partnership with JetEx Flight Support. Dubbed Strat Fuel and aimed at Part 135 charter operators and Part 91 corporate flight departments, the program will offer “highly competitive” fuel and handling services for domestic and international flight operations. Strat Fuel’s official launch will be at the NBAA Scheduler & Dispatchers Conference in San Diego, which starts January 15. The program costs $1,200 annually and $100 per month per airplane.
Fuel pricing software provider FuelerLinx has released a new mobile app of its product for the iPhone and iPad, making the company’s fuel buying service available to both pilots on the road and scheduler/dispatchers in the hangar.
In a letter to DOT general counsel Robert Rivkin, NATA president and CEO James Coyne asked for federal intervention in a lawsuit filed by San Francisco-based Center for Environmental Health.
The FAA is awarding a total of $7.7 million in contracts to eight companies–Honeywell UOP, LanzaTech, Virent Energy Systems, Velocys, Honeywell Aerospace, Metron Aviation, Futurepast: Inc. and Life Cycle Associates–to help advance alternative commercial jet fuels.
Virgin Atlantic last Wednesday announced plans to become the first airline to use a new low-carbon aviation biofuel that leaves just half the carbon footprint of the standard fossil fuel alternative. New Zealand’s LanzaTech plans to produce the new fuel using a process that captures waste gases from industrial steel production, ferments it and chemically converts it for use as a jet fuel, using technology developed by Swedish Biofuels.
Amid the recent announcements of major fuel companies withdrawing from the general-aviation arena, independent fuel provider Avfuel continues to see growth and opportunity in the market. Over the past year, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company has added 57 new FBOs to its network, bringing its total to well over 600 locations nationwide.
Signature Flight Support launched a new program, dubbed Signature Select, that allows independent FBOs to use its same systems, service and safety standards, training, sales, marketing and purchasing power. Each member company maintains its independent brand with the addition of the Signature Select badge, Signature said.
TAG Aviation expects to complete construction of a new three-bay hangar complex at the London-area Farnborough Airport next month. The new structure doubles available hangar space by adding 120,000 sq ft and takes TAG’s total investment in the site well beyond $150 million.
Independent fuel supplier Avfuel has added the first branded dealer outside North America to its network. The Michigan-based company has partnered with George Best Belfast City Airport and its Eurojet Aviation FBO to provide additional fuel and purchasing options at the airport. Traditionally European airports typically have only one fuel supplier, but the management at Belfast City believes the introduction of Avfuel could have benefits.