The Indian government’s new budget, released on February 28, brought little relief for the country’s ailing air transport sector, although the industry awaits a possible announcement of some reduction in high aviation fuel taxes. In particular, the budget documents made no mention of hoped-for fiscal support for India’s emerging regional airline industry.
Jet Aviation has begun construction of a new hangar in Singapore to accommodate continued growth in its maintenance and FBO activities there. The company is the latest multinational to opt for a new facility at the island state’s Seletar Airport, which has been redeveloped significantly in the past few years as an aerospace and general aviation center. Jet Aviation first landed at Seletar 1995, taking over a 29,400-sq-ft World War II-vintage hangar that it still occupies.
The first 100-percent civil biofuel flight, conducted on October 29 in a Falcon 20, showed that the fuel is cleaner and just as efficient as conventional jet-A, according to results released by the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada. Information collected in flight and analyzed by the NRC revealed a 50-percent reduction in aerosol emissions.
Jet Professionals, the wholly owned staffing specialist and subsidiary of Jet Aviation, has announced two new ventures here at MEBA: a strategic alliance with Future Stream Japan; and a similar arrangement with EDI-Staffbuilders in the Philippines.
Fargo Jet Center officials made the long journey to Dubai to highlight the FBO’s convenience as a point-of-entry for business jets flying to the U.S. from Europe and the Middle East.
Fractional aircraft provider Flight Options and Sentient Jet announced an agreement under which Sentient Jet will be a retailer of Flight Options’ JetPass 25-hour jet card. Through the agreement, Sentient Jet will market the Flight Options jets-specific JetPass side-by-side with its open-fleet Sentient Jet 25-hour card. Sentient and Flight Options are sister companies since parent company Directional Aviation bought Sentient in May.
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 association representing major U.S. airlines expects that carriers will scale back capacity early next year, aligning it more closely with passenger demand to offset record high jet fuel prices. Airlines for America (A4A) projects a 2.4-percent reduction in scheduled domestic flights, a 1.3-percent decrease in domestic seats and a 0.1-percent cut in domestic available seat miles (ASMs) in the new year. This year, domestic ASMs rose a modest 0.1 percent over last year’s total seat capacity.
UOP, a Honeywell company, has announced that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel was used in a 50/50 blend with petroleum-derived jet fuel to propel all five of Gulfstream’s demonstration aircraft to this year’s NBAA convention on October 27 and 28.
The renewable fuel was made from natural oils extracted from camelina, an inedible plant that grows in conditions where food crops cannot survive.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has become the first company to install Honeywell’s DU-875 flightdeck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. “A team of technicians has been trained to support the [Legacy] airframe,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation St. Louis. “We have increased tooling, parts and other materials needed to support the aircraft.” The company recently received approval for DU-875 installations in the Legacy 650 as well.