Raytheon Beech B200 King Air, Tulsa, Okla., Dec. 8, 2004–After the right engine of King Air N6PE began to “sputter” on approach to Tulsa International Airport, approximately six miles from the runway, the engine quit. The 2,100-hour pilot “looked over at the fuel gauges and both tanks were showing empty.” Moments later, the left engine quit.
Honeywell Flight Support Services has unveiled an online flight planning service. The company said the database includes the basic performance parameters of more than 240 aircraft models. Pilots can create domestic, international or oceanic flight plans based on the most current wind information for best speed or fuel efficiency. The program also calculates equal time points and diversionary airports, and provides up-to-date weather reports.
Contract fuel arrangements are a hot topic in the FBO industry and a widening avenue for cutting costs for aircraft operators. AIN asked readers for their opinions about whether contract fuel brokers were worth the investment in time and energy. The question was, “What steps must you take to use your contract fuel program, how much time does this require and how much money do you figure you save?”
The volume of business aircraft flying into China is continuing to increase. According to the Shanghai airport authority, the number of corporate movements into the country’s main business city has been growing by as much as 15 percent in recent years to reach a total of 1,200 last year.
A few months ago, an Internet forum popular with corporate pilots erupted with a lively discussion about ways to save money while flying business jets, from catering and meal costs to hotel and rental-car expenses and FBO and fuel prices.
The company announced release of the Flight Explorer 6.0 software upgrade at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference last month.
The service marks the entry of charter broker parent company Air Partner Group in the market. The new company is offering route analysis; computerized flight planning and slot coordination; diplomatic clearances and overflight and/or landing permits; Notam updates and weather briefings; fuel purchasing; ground handling; and catering, ground transportation and personal accommodations.
Like a lot of companies, Universal Weather & Aviation has invested heavily in its online presence in the last few years. The weather and flight-planning specialist has overhauled its Web site to give clients more options for managing trip-related functions online.
When it comes to the market for business aircraft datalink messaging services, three companies have settled into sharing and competing for most of the available business. Honeywell’s service is provided by its Global Data Center in Redmond, Wash., while Arinc Direct operates from Arinc’s headquarters in Annapolis, Md.