The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) flew the first civil jet powered by 100-percent unblended biofuel last week, marking a “significant step” toward advancing sustainable sources of renewable energy. During the test flight over Ottawa, biofuel made from oilseed crops flowed into the engines of a Falcon 20 captained by NRC pilot Tim Leslie.
AINalerts » November 6, 2012
Private Jet Company (PJC), a new $4 million FBO due to open next week on the Isle of Man, is promising substantial savings for aircraft operators using it as a transit point in and out of the European Union (EU). Since the British Crown Dependency is outside the EU, it claims it can provide savings of up to 60 percent from reduced exposure to the cost of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme charges.
Business aviation catering provider Air Chef Holdings has rebranded all of its divisions under one new name, Air Culinaire Worldwide, and moved its headquarters from Columbus, Ohio, to Tampa, Fla. “Before our rebrand, we had different names that were known for separate things by our clients,” said Air Culinaire president Paul Schweitzer. “The purpose of this new name is to make it easier for our clients to identify us as a global catering resource, regardless of where they travel.”
Lyon Bron airport in central France is bucking the trend with an 8.3-percent year-over-year growth in business aviation traffic over the first nine months to 4,767 aircraft movements, according to local statistics. Europe-wide data indicates a 4-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.
Accelerating the growth potential for business aviation in Central and Eastern Europe will top the agenda for the second annual Cepa Expo, which will be held November 28 to 30 in Czech Republic capital city Prague. According to Dagmar Grossmann, founder of the Central European Private Aviation Association (Cepa), market conditions are generally stronger in that part of the continent than they are in Western Europe.
As of today, AeroBridge had coordinated more than 70 business aircraft flights to deliver more than 100,000 pounds of relief supplies to areas of New York and New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy. The group has also been involved in more than 18 additional flights to five collection sites. AeroBridge is operating relief missions into three N.Y./N.J.-area airports–Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y.; Robert J.
Sheltair’s newest FBO started operations on Thursday at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, Fla. The company is providing full FBO services out of the main terminal facility at the airport, as well as managing more than 80 T-hangars and 27,000 sq ft of hangar space on behalf of the city. The main terminal is located on the northwest side of the airport and is adjacent to the historic Albert Whitted Hangar One, where the first commercial airliner flew from in 1914.
Bombardier recently delivered the 200th Challenger 605, with the milestone large-cabin jet going to an unidentified customer. According to Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi, “The Challenger 600 series was a trailblazer in business aviation and is now the largest fleet in the category worldwide, with more than 850 aircraft in service.” The Challenger 600 first flew on Nov. 8, 1978. The Challenger 601, 604 and 605 variants have followed in the 34 years since.
Cabin window shade specialist Aerospace Technology Group (ATG) raised more than $1,000 for the Corporate Angel Network last week at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. To raise the money for the charity, which arranges for unused seats on business aircraft flights to be used to transport cancer patients to treatment, show attendees made donations to have their photo taken with members of the NBA champion Miami Heat’s dance team at ATG’s booth.
Veteran aviation public relations and marketing executives Dave Franson, Cassandra Bosco, Bob Searles and Steve Lowe have launched Conventional Wisdom to help aviation trade show exhibitors get the most from their convention experience. The team has created a program that will address choosing which shows to attend; design and construction of displays; dealing with the media, customers and the competition; follow-up, on-call assistance; and ongoing services tailored to a client’s specific needs.