As government and industry plan for more environmentally friendly energy sources, companies continue to invest in and research alternative fuels for aviation. The U.S. Air Force, one of the government’s largest consumers of fuel, for example, has set a goal that 50 percent of its fuel purchases be composed of domestic synthetic fuel blends by 2016, while IATA has presented a target of 10-percent alternative fuel use for its members by 2017.
Aviation International News » March 2010
Cessna 550 Citation II, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 29, 2009–During landing roll at Salt Lake City International Airport at the end of a Part 91 flight, N44FR skidded off the runway when the right main landing gear retracted, causing substantial damage to the aircraft but no injuries to the three people on board.
Cessna 550 Citation II, Edinburgh, Scotland, March 14, 2008–Before takeoff from Palma de Majorca, the Citation II had several system warning messages displayed on its indicators.
FuelerLinx and SeaGil Software, creator of Bart flight dispatch and aircraft quoting software, have teamed to deliver “a complete fuel management system.” The partnership allows Bart users to build a trip and with a click of a button to access the most current prices at any location worldwide through the FuelerLinx software.
Air Partner Fuel, launched last year as part of the international group’s strategy to offer a comprehensive range of aviation services and products, made its first appearance at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. Air Partner Fuel currently supports nearly 2,100 oil companies at more than 2,600 locations worldwide, providing jet-A spot prices on request and offering all-inclusive prices.
Online charter portal Avinode unveiled its new aircraft charter search engine at the conference. The company says its new 2.0 system will make it easier for charter brokers and operators to put together the most cost-efficient routes by allowing them
M.C. Schefft, flight dispatcher and travel coordinator for Peabody Energy of St. Louis, won a two-day trip for two to the Tanglewood Resort at Lake Texoma, Texas, at the S&D conference. The prize includes two nights at the resort and breakfast for two people, a one-day golf pass and a one-day charter fishing trip. Texoma Jet, an FBO and aircraft maintenance facility in Denison, Texas, awarded the prize.
Signature Flight Support announced a new customer relationship program–Signature Status–at the 2010 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio in January.
A dramatic drop in attendance at last year’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference–2,027 compared with 2,612 in 2008–led to concerns for the 2010 conference, coming as it was amid an industry looking for some sign of revival. But according to Jo Damato, NBAA staff liaison to the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, this year’s event was “terrific.”
Sabreliner NA-265-80, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 1, 2008–While taxiing the Sabreliner from the repair station–following a months-long stay for corrosion repairs–the pilots attempted to maneuver around a Cessna Caravan that had stopped, facing it on the same ramp. As it passed, the Sabreliner’s left wing struck the Caravan’s rotating propeller, causing damage to both aircraft.