The Bakken shale, a vast, oil-rich 200,000-square-mile formation that stretches across Western North Dakota and into parts of Montana and Canada, represents a significant opportunity for aviation. Beneath it lies an estimated 18 billion barrels of oil. Between three and four billion barrels–as much oil as there is under the Gulf of Mexico–are recoverable using current technology. Exploration of the Bakken is still in the early stages, but as many as 40,000 production wells could eventually be drilled in the area.
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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.
Air traffic management solutions company NATS is collaborating with UAE-based Royal Jet to help improve the environmental performance of the air charter firm’s flights in UK airspace. The partnership will see the two parties work together to improve Royal Jet’s flight efficiency, as well as reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions. NATS will provide Royal Jet with actual data to monitor its flight profiles.
Bombardier Aerospace scored another fleet order for its Global series early last month, announcing a firm order for eight of the ultra-long-range business jets from an undisclosed customer. The order consists of three Global 6000s and five Global 8000s, a deal valued at approximately $507 million based on 2012 list prices. Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi said, “Sales momentum for the Global product line is strong, and we are experiencing tremendous success with the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets.”
Canada’s National Research Council 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 flights pushed the mix 10 percent beyond the certified 50/50 blend of fossil fuel and the biofuel, which is produced from a new, domestically grown feedstock crop derived from Brassica carinata, basically a “hardy weed,” The crop was optimized for aviation use by Agrisoma Biosciences and processed into biofuel by Honeywell UOP.
The FAA extended until August 17 the comment period for its proposed policy regarding the registration of aircraft to U.S. citizen trustees in situations involving non-U.S. citizen trustors and beneficiaries. As part of its review of non-citizen trusts, the FAA published its proposed policy clarification on February 9 on use of non-citizen trusts to register aircraft in the U.S. The FAA also held a public hearing on this subject on June 6 and has now publicly released a slide presentation it made at that meeting. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building on a study called “General Aviation Airports: A National Asset,” the FAA said it will use the information to give the general public a better understanding of GA airports in the community and within the national air transportation system, and how they serve the public interest.
ExecuJet and Angkasa Pura 1 signed a memorandum of cooperation to design, construct and manage as many as 13 general aviation terminals at airports in Indonesia under the management of Angkasa Pura 1. The agreement was recently signed by ExecuJet Asia managing director Graeme Duckworth and Tommy Soetomo, the president, director and CEO of Angkasa Pura 1, an Indonesia state-owned enterprise that manages airports and air traffic services in East Indonesia. The facilities will provide “world class” infrastructure for visiting and based business jets in the country.
Shannon Airport is on track to create an aviation center of excellence–to include a broadened business aviation role–at the Irish field, speakers said at the second annual Irish Business Aviation Convention in late June. In a keynote presentation, Ireland Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said, “The aviation industry presents enormous opportunities for Shannon, and for Ireland, in terms of job creation and economic growth.” Shannon airport director Mary Considine said that the conference provided a timely opportunity to showcase Shannon’s potential.
The FAA has awarded a supplemental type certificate (STC) to JetBlue for installation of the ACSS XS-950 mode-S transponder on the airline’s Airbus A320 fleet. The XS-950 is certified to TSO-C166b to meet the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B out mandate. According to ACSS, “The XS-950 also supports ADS-B in capabilities, such as ACSS’s SafeRoute suite of applications. SafeRoute software products include Surface Area Movement Management (SAMM), CDTI Assisted Visual Separation (CAVS) and Merging and Spacing. Several SafeRoute applications are planned for installation as part of this program.”