BP’s oil refinery in Cherry Point, Wash.–which had been closed since February when a critical unit was damaged by fire–is expected to resume production this month after completion of repairs and annual maintenance. The refinery, the third largest on the West Coast, produces more than 200,000 barrels of gasoline and jet fuel a day and supplies the bulk of jet fuel for airports from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia. According to industry data provider Argus, the shortfall did not result in any dramatic jet fuel price spikes in the region.
Aviation International News » May 2012
The airport authority at Tupelo (Mississippi) Regional Airport has voted to transfer management of the airport-owned FBO to local business AMS of Tupelo. AMS, which provides light turbine maintenance on the field, has had previous experience in FBO management with Smyrna Jet Center. According to airport executive director Josh Abramson, AMS is expected to begin operating the 12,400-sq-ft facility in June once the lease is finalized. The agreement will contain the possibility of the FBO’s sale at the end of the five-year lease.
FBO chain operator Landmark Aviation shored up its operations in Canada with the appointment of Andrew Storey as Canada area manager. In addition to his continuing role as general manager of the company’s Toronto Pearson International Airport location, Storey will assume overall responsibility for Landmark’s facilities at Vancouver International and Calgary International Airports. An industry veteran of more than 25 years, Storey began his career as a line service technician at Pearson while earning his private pilot certificate.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the General Aviation Infrastructure and Investment Coalition (GAIIC) in cooperation with the Airports Council International-North America have released a new set of best-practice standards for leases governing airport service providers. The new standards are aimed at facilitating long-term private investment in on-airport properties. The document lists a set of points that the parties say will serve the needs of both the airport and the service providers.
Bombardier Aerospace has strengthened its alliance with Fokker Services to increase the availability and reduce the cost of spare parts for operators of its out-of-production Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300. Under the agreement Fokker Services has secured more than 2,600 part numbers from Bombardier for worldwide distribution. Bombardier will also continue to market and sell Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 parts to operators worldwide.
Airbus SAS and Lufthansa Technik have renewed their existing cooperation by signing a new support contract for the Airbus fleet of five A300-600ST Belugas. The first component supply contract for the Beluga fleet was signed in 1995. The new agreement is in effect until 2025. According to Airbus, the extension of the existing component supply contract reflects the increased utilization of the A300-600 ST fleet related to the A350 XWB production ramp-up.
GE Aviation has signed a 15-year OnPoint solution agreement with SkyWest Airlines to support the 150 CF34-8C5B1 engines that power the airline’s Bombardier CRJ700s. The agreement is valued at more than $360 million over the life of the contract.
According to a GE spokeswoman, OnPoint solutions are customized service agreements tailored to the operational and financial needs of each customer for any size fleet. “These agreements are designed to help lower the customers’ cost of ownership and maximize the use of their assets,” she said.
Manchester Boston Regional Airport-based Pro Star Aviation has received FAA approval for an STC to install the Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 SwiftBroadband system with Wi-Fi in the Pilatus PC-12/45/47/47E. According to the company, it is the lightest, most compact airborne broadband solution on the market and simultaneously provides ramp-to-altitude worldwide data and voice. The Aviator 200 allows in-flight e-mail, Internet browsing, smartphone connectivity and one high-quality, low-cost AMBE2 voice channel. Multiple users can access the broadband system at speeds up to 200 kilobytes per second.
Zurich, Switzerland-based Marenco Swisshelicopter has established a design office in Munich, Germany. There, it has hired some engineers who were employed at Eurocopter’s Ottobrunn site, now closing.. Marenco plans to have its SH-09 SKYe single flying by year-end.
An Oregon jury has awarded William Coultas, his wife and the widow of pilot Roark Schwanenberg $69.7 million in a damages suit brought in the 2008 “Iron 44” crash of a Carson Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N. The verdict puts General Electric alone on the hook; other parties settled out of court before the trial. The helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from a helispot while conducting firefighting operations in Northern California. Schwanenberg and eight others aboard the helicopter died.