Honeywell’s corporate Gulfstream G450 made bizav history when it landed at Le Bourget in time for the Paris Air Show after the first transatlantic flight using biofuel, a trip that resulted in net equivalent savings for the seven-hour flight of roughly 5.5 metric tons of CO2.
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Aviation fuels provider Avfuel has added North Philadelphia Jet Center and the Kearney Aviation Center as branded Avfuel dealers. North Philadelphia Jet Center, located at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, provides ground support, transportation, overnight hangar rentals and tiedowns, in addition to such crew amenities as a pilot’s lounge, pool table, a rooftop hot tub and patio area as well as snooze rooms, showers and kitchen facilities.
At least six aviation services providers have expressed interest in taking over management of the FBO at the UK’s Cambridge Airport, according to the airport authorities. The FBO offers extensive business facilities, boardroom options, VIP hospitality and crew rest facilities. The airport’s 6,447-foot runway can accommodate aircraft up to a Boeing 757 or Airbus A320.
Two years ago at the last Paris Air Show, jet biofuels were just talked about, but at the airshow this week they appear to have come of age. On Saturday, Honeywell made history by landing a Gulfstream G450 at Paris Le Bourget after the first transatlantic flight using a blend of biofuel and jet-A.
The Boeing 747-8 Freighter landed here at Paris Le Bourget Airport yesterday at 5:35 p.m., after completing the first transatlantic flight of a commercial airliner powered on all engines by a sustainable aviation biofuel.
AvFuel has added a trio of new locations to its distribution network. In Morgantown, W.Va., Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW) operates the recently remodeled FBO, which provides ground services, aircraft ground handling, fuel and oil sales, hangar and tie-down space and pilot planning services. The airport features a 5,100-foot-long runway and FAA-contracted control tower and can accommodate large aircraft as well as small.
British fuel supplier Shell Aviation (Stand 1343) has awarded ExecuJet Germany’s Berlin Schönefeld Airport FBO its Gold Fuelling Award. The award acknowledges health, safety, security and environmental performance. ExecuJet Aviation Group (Stand 242) won the tender to operate the general aviation terminal at the airport in January 2010. There are about 1,000 movements a month at the facility.
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.
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.