WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a letter to the leadership of the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks asked state lawmakers to oppose a proposed increase in state aviation fuel taxes, stating the proposal “will likely not have the intended effect of raising revenue, but rather reduce investment and good paying jobs in New Jersey.” [Read more…]
HOUSTON – Phillips 66 Aviation has expanded its contract fuel program, Partners-Into-Plane, to allow corporate and charter flight operators (Part 91 and 135) to participate in the program.
Phillips 66 Aviation’s Partners-Into-Plane Program is in its 40th year offering contract fuel. The program does not require fuel releases or contract fuel cards for processing, which streamlines the process, allowing flights to be ready for takeoff faster, according to company officials.
A summer job working the line at the local airport can be a great thing for an aspiring pilot, but perhaps not for the airplanes.
One of my first real jobs was pumping car gas, back in the days when drivers didn’t do it themselves. I was what we would call today a service station attendant. I had just started taking flying lessons, too, so I was in the right place at the right time when one of the line boys at the local airport quit for one reason or another.
With my vast six months or so of gas-pumping experience and the strong recommendation from a neighborhood friend who worked the afternoon shift, I got the job and maybe 30 minutes of training, most of which involved servicing the two fuel trucks.
Yes, in addition to getting up close and personal with all kinds of airplanes, the job came with heavy equipment. What more could a teenager want? [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its ongoing efforts to develop an unleaded fuel for general aviation airplanes, the FAA has selected two unleaded fuels for further testing. [Read more…]
I’m submitting this blog on Feb. 2, 2016, Groundhog Day. I think it is the appropriate date choice for my latest GAFuels topic.
It is the kind of day the FAA should get out its plan for the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), dust it off and see if there is a ray of hope of finding the 100 octane unleaded fuel holy grail.
Or perhaps they see no light at the end of the tunnel and shelve the project into the dustbin of bureaucracy, hoping nobody notices. [Read more…]
The FAA has released some details and photos as the first phase of testing draws to a close of four fuels designed to be a replacement for 100LL.
According to a report at AOPA.org, test rigs have been heated and cooled to extreme temperatures, fuel samples have been run through specially designed rigs replicating aircraft fuel systems on a bench, and ignition temperatures have been carefully measured, to name just a few of the tests designed to winnow down the candidate fuels that will be put through the second, and final, phase of testing that will begin in 2016.
That phase, which will include real-world testing in a variety of aircraft, is scheduled to conclude in 2018.