Chevron Global Aviation, which operates five oil refineries, “will withdraw from marketing Chevron- and Texaco-branded aviation fuels in 27 states [approximately 200 locations],” the company said in a statement issued last week.
When the Senate passed an FAA reauthorization bill in late March, the general aviation community breathed a little easier. Like the companion legislation already passed in the House, it did not contain any user fees for GA.
Piper Aircraft’s entrant into the Light Sport Aviation (LSA) segment, the two-seat PiperSport, is parked in the static display here, its first venture outside of the U.S. in Piper colors. The U.S. manufacturer, which is making its Singapore Airshow debut, launched the aircraft last month.
Shell Aviation (Booth No. 3259) is offering a new customer loyalty rewards program for purchasers of Shell-branded aviation gasoline and jet fuel at participating Shell Aviation FBOs around the country. The new Shell AeroClass program allows individuals or organizations to earn points based on fuel purchases, which can be redeemed for MasterCard gift cards.
Jeffrey Skiles, the first officer of the US Airways Airbus A320 that successfully ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, saving 155 lives, is appearing at the Phillips 66 Aviation booth (No. 2613) to regale attendees with compelling stories about that memorable day and other interesting experiences during his 23-year career at US Airways.
Even though the nation’s airlines are playing nice with general aviation over the contentious question of user fees, the Obama Administration has clearly signaled that it wants to fund the FAA with more user fees in Fiscal Year 2011.
In late March, Congress approved legislation to extend FAA funding from March 31 until September 30, the end of Fiscal Year 2009. While the extension gives lawmakers more time to work on H.R.915, “The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009,” Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the ranking Republican on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, blasted Democrats over continued delays in reauthorizing the FAA.
With pressure increasing on the Environmental Protection Agency to mandate elimination of tetraethyl lead from avgas, Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) has stepped up research into alternative fuels for aircraft piston engines.
Just two days after the second Rolls-Royce RR300-powered Robinson R66 made its first flight in February, Robinson Helicopter CEO Frank Rob- inson still had little good to say about small turbine-powered helicopters.
When President Bush signed a bill extending FAA taxes and programs for six months, the whole FAA reauthorization imbroglio landed in the laps of the new President and the new Congress.