AINalerts » March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012 - 4:02pm
Speculators Driving Oil, and thus Jet-A, Prices Higher

Oil speculators’ uneasiness over the resurgence of the “Arab spring” is the main factor driving jet-A prices ever closer to–and in some cases beyond–$6 per gallon, according to aviation fuel consultant Mark Wagner. Jet-A prices in the continental U.S. are now averaging $5.64 per gallon, ranging from $3.94 in the Great Lakes region to $6.01 in the Eastern region, current data from AirNav shows.

The price of Brent Crude, which is refined to make jet-A and other fuels, continues to rise and stood at $124.20 per barrel late yesterday.

March 22, 2012 - 4:00pm

Deficiencies in the general operating manual (GOM) and a lack of safety management system (SMS) training were cited as the top two problems at Part 91 and 135 operators, according to an SMS audit report released this week by Argus’s Professional Resources In System Management (Prism) division. The Prism team reviewed audits conducted at 74 operators last year by sister company Argus Pros and then compiled the results in the report.

March 22, 2012 - 3:58pm

Dassault Aviation received net orders for 36 Falcons last year, CEO Charles Edelstenne said today in Paris, noting a major improvement over 2010 when the net total was minus nine due to cancellations. These 2011 orders represented a value of €1.93 billion ($2.5 billion), and the Falcon backlog now stands at €4.2 billion ($5.5 billion).

March 22, 2012 - 3:56pm

The European Commission (EC) is allowing France and Italy to grant aid for the development of two medium-twin helicopters in the 10,000-pound class–the Eurocopter X4 and the AgustaWestland AW169.

Eurocopter will receive €143 million ($186 million) as a repayable advance. It will be repaid in full when an unspecified “pre-defined sales target” is reached. Each additional delivery beyond this target will trigger the payment of a royalty fee to the French state.

March 22, 2012 - 3:54pm

Hilton Software has released a major update to its WingX Pro iPad moving-map software. Some of the improvements to WingX Pro version 6.2 include adding local and national Nexrad weather radar to ADS-B capability (available using the separate SkyRadar ADS-B unit), the ability to switch moving-map GPS information and airspace notifications on and off, adding a favorites function to the moving-map search and an improved timer function on the moving map.

March 22, 2012 - 3:53pm

Landmark Aviation’s aircraft charter and management division announced today that the Commercial Airlift Review Board has certified the company for Department of Defense passenger operations. With this certification, Landmark is now eligible to bid on air service contracts for all U.S. government agencies. The company sought certification at the request of customer MedCenter Air, a division of Carolinas Healthcare System, so it can transport military personnel. Landmark Aviation manages and operates four fixed-wing aircraft for MedCenter Air.

March 22, 2012 - 3:51pm

Flight operations software and services developer Navtech formed a partnership with GlobalNavSource to provide Navtech iCharts and iCharts Enroute via GlobalNavSource’s iPad electronic flight bag platform. The move, Navtech said, supports paperless operations and gives pilots broader access to charts, plates, weather and other data.

March 22, 2012 - 3:49pm

Today at the Air Transport Action Group Aviation and Environment Summit in Geneva, Boeing, Airbus and Embraer signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels. The three aircraft manufacturers will seek “collaborative opportunities to speak in unity to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders to support, promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable new jet fuel sources. Their goal is to have biofuel meet 4 percent of aviation’s fuel needs by 2020.

March 22, 2012 - 3:47pm

Gulfstream announced this week that the G150 fleet surpassed 100,000 flight hours and the 100th G150 rolled off the initial-phase production line, nearly six-and-a-half years after the aircraft entered service. With 95 aircraft in service, the fleet has logged more than 100,000 flight hours and more than 72,000 landings. In addition, the midsize twinjet is certified in 11 countries and has garnered 11 city-pair speed records. Its dispatch reliability rate is 99.88 percent, Gulfstream said.

March 22, 2012 - 3:45pm

Embraer announced yesterday that it will establish the Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA as part of its aeronautical complex in Melbourne, Fla. The 67,000-sq-ft center will conduct research and development activities for both product and technology development across Embraer’s business lines, with the first assignments focused primarily on executive jet interiors. The facility will include a laboratory for the development and testing of materials and interior items.

 

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