While the name on the side of the refueling truck might say Air BP, BR Aviation or Shell, what’s inside it at any airport in Brazil all comes from the same source. All discussions of aviation fuel in the country must start with Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras), the national oil refiner of Brazil and the official supplier of Jet-A and avgas. Petrobras produces approximately 70 percent of the Jet-A used in the country and imports the remainder in its effort to supply the three major distributors.
Shell Fuel distributor Eastern Aviation Fuels has bolstered its California footprint with the addition of three new FBO dealers. Landmark Aviation’s locations at San Diego International Airport (SAN), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK) will now be participating in the Shell AeroClass customer loyalty program, while LAX and OAK will also offer Shell contract fuel. Customs and immigration clearance is available at all three locations.
Aircraft operations in Indiana are about to become more affordable after state legislators approved a slate of aviation tax exemptions and restructurings. The measures, adopted at the urging of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) and other aviation groups, remove state sales tax on jet fuel and 100LL avgas and restructure the previously existing excise tax on aviation fuel to a fixed total state tax rate.
Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has launched an online training course intended for FBOs, corporate flight departments, municipalities or anyone else involved with aviation fueling operations. The curriculum includes topics such as specifications and distribution of aviation fuels, procedures for receiving a bulk fuel delivery, aviation fuel filtration, quality control and testing, fuel-farm maintenance and operation, ramp safety and fire training. Cost of the course, which is available through the company’s website, is $395.
Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) achieved a milestone in the quest for adoption of biofuels when it made the first flight by a civil jet powered by 100-percent unblended biofuel. At the end of October, the NRC’s Dassault Falcon 20 made the historic flight over Ottawa, burning a new biofuel known as ReadiJet, derived from Brassica carinata, an inedible oilseed crop provided by feedstock producer Agrisoma Biosciences.
The aviation industry is slowly headed toward development of an unleaded replacement fuel for avgas-burning piston-powered aircraft, and a recent move by the FAA is an encouraging sign that progress will continue. The FAA recently agreed to open a new Fuels Program Office, according to NATA, that will provide “technical expertise and strategic direction in the planning, management and coordination of activities related to aviation fuels.”
Amyris’s jet biofuel, which is sourced from Brazilian sugar cane, has passed all required testing and will be used during a demonstration flight this month on an Azul Airlines GE CF34-10E-powered Embraer E195. The flight will take place in Brazil on June 19 during the Rio+20 United Nations conference on sustainable development.
Jet Aviation has launched a global refurbishment program “to renew and harmonize the look and feel” at its FBOs and major maintenance facilities worldwide. The makeover will start with Jet Aviation’s Geneva, Zurich and Basel facilities in Switzerland, focusing on the lobbies and customer and crew lounges. By 2015, all of its FBOs and major MROs worldwide will be updated.
Jet Aviation launched a new fuel sales service for its FBOs in the European, Middle Eastern and Asian regions this week at EBACE. Using its global purchasing power to negotiate a better fuel price with supplier World Fuel Services, Jet Aviation’s new fuel sales service can pass cost savings on to FBO and MRO customers visiting these facilities. It will be offered in tandem with the company’s existing fuel program, which is exclusive to aircraft management clients.
Jet Aviation is to give operators access to discounted fuel through a new partnership with World Fuel Services. The deal, which will be available in tandem with the company’s existing fuel program, will be available through all its FBOs and maintenance facilities.
“The ability to meet all our customers’ provisioning needs under one roof is of great value to our global MRO and FBO network,” said Frank Kusserow, director FBO Services EMEA & Asia. “This offer is the result of our continuous efforts to improve efficiencies in order to maximize customer benefit.”