Telluride Regional Airport receives delivery of SAF from Avfuel

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Avfuel-branded Telluride Regional Airport has become the first airport and FBO in Colorado to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to its customers. The FBO received its first demonstrative delivery of SAF from Avfuel in Februrary, with two more deliveries made in March.

Telluride Regional Airport has since begun to receive regular deliveries of Neste’s branded SAF from Avfuel. The first load arrived on 15 April, with each truckload of the Neste MY SAF providing a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over its lifecycle, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by 28.7 acres of US forests per year.

Telluride Regional Ariport can now consistently provide SAF for all jet and turbine aircraft that land at the airport in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainability goals.

“Our community desires to do its part in reducing carbon emissions,” said Kenneth Maenpa, Telluride’s Airport Manager. “As such, we are proud to be the first airport in Colorado to provide sustainable aviation fuel. Avfuel has worked diligently on the logistics for delivering SAF to Telluride Regional Airport, and we’re excited to announced this significant milestone that’s been three years in the making.”

Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels, added: “Avfuel is thankful for the true partnership it has with the Telluride Regional Airport team, working together to provide cleaner solutions in one of the world’s most stunning natural environments. We congratulate the airport on being the first to provide SAF in the state of Colorado, which not only provides significant emissions reductions, but also raises awareness on the environmental benefits and safety of the product.”

Open 365 days a year, the Telluride Regional Airport is North America’s highest commercial airport at 9,070 feet above sea level and is a self-sustaining operation.

Gary Jet Center enters agreement with Cirrus to be an authorised service centre

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Based at the Gary/ Chicago International Airport in the US, Gary Jet Center (GJC) has entered into an agreement with Cirrus Aircraft to be an Authorised Service Centre (ASC) for the aircraft manufacturer.

As part of the agreement, GJC will have trained technicians on both the SR-Series piston aircraft and the Vision Jet, and will provide customers with a full range of aircraft maintenance on the Cirrus Aircraft. In addition to routine and annual Cirrus Aircraft maintenance, GJC will offer composite and paint repair, warranty support, Garmin and Avidyne avionics servicing, and air conditioning services.

“We are excited to be a part of the global network of Authorised Service Centers for Cirrus Aircraft,” said Jeff McLain, Director of Maintenance for GJC. “For nearly 30 years, Gary Jet Center has been performing maintenance on a variety of aircraft with our Part 145 Certificate, and to secure this relationship with Cirrus is a tremendous addition to our offerings. We look forward to providing exceptional service and support to Cirrus owners in the Chicagoland area and beyond.”

GJC’s team will have access to genuine Cirrus Aircraft parts, and will provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including CAPS inspection and recertification, ADS-B incorporation and other modifications to the avionics suite. It will also offer an aircraft management package to ensure the owner’s Cirrus aircraft is available for dispatch, as well as compliant with all FAA and Cirrus maintenance schedules.

Signature Flight Support expands network with addition of Chantilly Air Jet Center

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Chantilly Air Jet Center, the newest full-service FBO serving the Washington, DC metro area has joined Signature Flight Support’s Signature Select network.

Based at the Manassas Regional Airport, Chantilly Air is an IS-BAH Stage 1 certified FBO. The 11,000 sq. ft. FBO terminal provides a range of amenities including a pilot lounge, snooze rooms and shower facilities. There is also a fitness centre for crew and passengers, as well as conference rooms and a refreshment galley. The greenfield facility also includes a 60,000 sq. ft. hangar and significant office space for rent, in addition to the provision of traditional FBO services, including fuelling, hangarage, a Part 145 repair station, as well as aircraft charter and fleet management.

Expressing his enthusiasm for joining the world’s largest network of FBOs, Tim Sullivan, COO Chantilly Air Jet Center said: “Chantilly Air is a family-owned entity that started in 1990. Building on our 30-year reputation as an aircraft charter and management provider, we look forward to becoming an FBO of choice for the metro DC area, as well as having a long and mutually beneficial partnership with the Signature network.”

Manasssas Regional Airport itself provides easy access to the I-66 and I-95 corridors, northern Virginia and downtown Washington, DC. It is the busiest general aviation gateway in the state of Virginia,and  is a towered airport with US Customs and Border Protection to accommodate international arrivals.

“We are pleased to welcome Chantilly Air to Signature Select and the global Signature Flight Support network,” said Mark Johnstone, CEO, Signature Aviation. “Chantilly Air’s reputation for ramp safety and adherence to industry best practices resonates with our own Signature Service Promise. I am confident their enrollment in the Signature Select programme will unlock significant mutual benefit for both of our customers and organisations.”

Air bp now offering ongoing SAF supply at three UK locations

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International aviation fuel products and service supplier, Air bp, has now supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to three airports in the UK as part of its commitment to delivering SAF on an ongoing basis. Centreline FBO at Bristol Airport became the first UK location to receive a supply of SAF from Air bp in March, while London Biggin Hill and Airbus owned Hawarden Airport in Flintshire, North Wales, where SAF will be used to fuel the Beluga aircraft have also now received their first Air bp SAF supply.

These latest agreements demonstrate the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport and customer in driving demand for SAF and ultimately help to meet the industry’s lower carbon goals.

“We are excited to see these ongoing commitments to SAF supply,” said Andreea Moyes, Sustainability Director, Air bp. “Stakeholders’ willingness to invest in SAF and collaborate with us will help drive demand and deliver carbon reductions compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces. We are committed to working with stakeholders to explore the viable sale and purchase of SAF, which we believe is one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions.”

Air bp’s SAF is made from waste based sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, which is blended with traditional jet fuel. The SAF blend supplied is around 35% SAF and the SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to traditional jet fuel it replaces.

Stephen Elsworthy, Manager of Fuel Services at London Biggin Hill said that by offering SAF to its customers and resident businesses, “we are helping them to meet their sustainability goals too, and vitally, contributing to our industry’s aim for a net zero carbon future.”

Meanwhile, the delivery of SAF at Hawarden Airport has seen Airbus take the next step in reducing its industrial carbon footprint with the maiden flight of a Beluga super-transporter using SAF. The North Wales line station, which uses the Beluga fleet to transport aircraft wings to Toulouse, Hamburg and Bremen is the second Airbus European site to use SAF, after Hamburg introduced the fuel to its cargo activities at the end of 2019.

“The progressive deployment of sustainable aviation fuels at Airbus’ sites is an essential part of our decarbonisation roadmap. We’re proud that Broughton has become the second Airbus site to introduce SAF in its Beluga-fleet operations,” said Andy Owen, Beluga Line Station Manager at Broughton.

Base Operations at Page Field Airport ranked in top 5% of FBOs

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Base operations at Fort Myers’ Page Field Airport in Florida has been ranked in the top 5% of FBOs in an international survey conducted by Aviation International News.

“We appreciate being recognised as a top FBO for our outstanding commitment and delivery of services to our guests at Base Operations at Page Field,” said Ben Siegel, CPA, C.M., Executive Director of the Lee County Port Authority. “The Base Operations team always does a great job, but I have never been prouder of the way they have handled themselves and our business during these difficult times.”

Conducted annually, the FBO survey asks pilots, flight attendants and dispatchers to feedback on the level of customer care at individual business and general aviation service providers throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Lee County  Port Authority operates Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers, both of which are funded solely with revenue generated from their operations. Page Field provides services to corporate, commercial and private aviators through their business arm, Base Operations at Page Field, and accommodate more than 126,000 aircraft operations in 2020.

FastAir Jet Centre marks a milestone as Canada’s first carbon neutral FBO

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Based at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport in Manitoba, Canada, Fast Air Jet Centre has become Canada’s first carbon neutral FBO. A member of the World Fuel Air Elite Network, Fast Air Jet Centre began its commitment to sustainability by purchasing offsets to compensate for its operation’s carbon emissions for 2019 as part of the network’s carbon-neutral initiative.

In 2021, the FBO continues is sustainability journey by committing to being run on a net-zero basis for its carbon footprint. A baseline was established and using approved and audited carbon offsets combined with a robust carbon reduction framework, the FBO is now run in an environmentally friendly way.

“This commitment is going to extend to other parts of the Fast Air operations and will include its aircraft in the coming year,” said Dan Rutherford, Manager of Business Development, Fast Air Jet Centre. “Aircraft clients at the Jet Centre will be given the opportunity to apply carbon offsets for their travel, which will extend the impact of this commitment even further.”

Fast Air’s carbon-neutral initiative is further enhanced by its participation in the Air Elite Network’s recent carbon purchase scheme. They are among 43 member locations that have become carbon-neutral for 2019 and have committed the same for 2020 and beyond. Working with Air Elite’s network locations, World Fuel Services’ affiliate, World Kinect Energy Services, analysed the member’s energy use and retired carbon offsets to compensate for their 2019 scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions.

BBGA AGM: Resilience in global business aviation

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According to Richard Koe, MD, WINGX Advance, global business aviation has shown incredible resilience over the last 12 months with Russia, Turkey and the US markets now all showing strong signs of recovery. Koe was speaking at the British Business and General Aviation Association’s (BBGA’s) AGM, which was held online on Thursday 4 March.

WINGX data also highlighted that Russia and Turkey recorded more business aviation activity during the first two months of 2021 than they did during the same period in 2020. And while Europe has had a slight relapse in its recovery as a result of recent travel restrictions and quarantine regulations, the business aviation sector shows more resilience than scheduled traffic across the continent.

Although it’s still early days “continued investment and consolidation within the business aviation sector is exciting,” Koe noted. “Overall we are expecting  Europe’s business aviation sector will be back within 10% of 2019 levels by the end of the year.”

However, airports remain under immense pressure with revenues from airport fees, such as landing and parking, adversely affected by the drop in traffic. “UK airports have by far seen the largest decline in revenues in Europe,” Koe added. Luton and Farnborough were both highlighted as business aviation airports suffering big declines due to their exposure and popularity for ultra long-range private jets.

Referencing a comment by Bill Gates that 57% of corporate travel will disappear as a result of the global pandemic and the rise in online meetings and virtual conferences, Koe agreed that although ultra high-net wealth has increased, corporate travel lags behind the recovery of leisure travel for the super wealthy. Worth noting however was that the rise in private aviation travel for leisure/ lifestyle reasons could offset the lack of business travel. Last summer showed that there was pent up demand to get away with passengers more willing to travel for leisure than for corporate reasons.

Koe concluded that with many scheduled airlines continuing to pull back on their schedules through 2021, business aviation is clearly supplementing eroded scheduled connections and is on track for cyclical recovery with charter operations a key driver behind the sector’s resilience.

 

London Biggin Hill welcomes two new arrivals

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This week has seen London Biggin Hill welcome two new arrivals.

Air Charter Scotland

Headquartered in Glasgow and with a base at London Luton Airport, private jet operator and aircraft management company, Air Charter Scotland, is now expanding its London presence by adding a Cessna Citation M525 (G-KSOH) on to its UK AOC, based out of London Biggin Hill Airport.

The management of the six-passenger light jet will be overseen by Jet Agent, the Biggin-based aircraft sales, management and acquisitions specialist and the intention is to place more aircraft with Air Charter Scotland under charter this year.

“Thanks to this strategic new partnership, we are pleased to add a second London home at Biggin Hill Airport and base aircraft, complementing our established London Luton (Signature Aviation) base,” said Derek Thomson, COO of Air Charter Scotland. “London Biggin Hill is well located for London and is increasingly popular as a dedicated business aviation airport,” he added.

Meanwhile, Robert Walters, Commercial Director at London Biggin Hill Airport said, “Air Charter Scotland’s choice of London Biggin Hill to strengthen its connection to the capital reflects the calibre of our service and the importance of our location to growing businesses.”

Echelon Air

This week has also seen the London business aviation airport airport welcome flight training, aircraft sales and management company, Echelon Air.

A recently registered Declared Training Organization (DTO), Echelon Air provides extensive flight training courses in Cirrus Aircraft, along with on-site use of its certified Cirrus G6 Flight1 Tech Simulator. Commenting on the training organisation’s new home Philippe Polman, Founder of Echelon Air, said: “Having a base at London Biggin Hill Airport is a great step in the development and growth of our business. We now look forward to beginning work in earnest.”

Safeport opens new executive lounge at Cascais Airport

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Cascais Airport in Portugal has welcomed the opening of Safeport’s stylish new executive lounge for business aviation passengers.

The business aircraft handling company’s new lounge has been designed to create a relaxing environment and practical space for private aviation customers. With views overlooking the runway it has been decorated with details alluding to the surrounding Atlantic Coast region and features a spacious comfortable seating area, private restroom, Smart TV, high speed Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen.

The lounge is situated at the entrance to the Passengers Terminal in Cascais Airport and is open 24/7.

“We are all delighted with the response to the new Safeport lounge,” said Safeport President Paulo Mirpuri. “There was nothing like it here in Cascais, so it was also a significant milestone for our friends at Cascais Airport, as well as our own design and hospitality team.”

With its reputation for processing departures and arrivals without long delays, Cascais Airport is a popular choice for business and general aviation customers and is also a convenient hub for those looking to access the Portuguese capital.

Well established within Portugal’s business aviation sector Safeport also facilities at Lisbon Airport, Oporto, Beja and Faro, as well as Cape Verde – Sal Island.

Avfuel expands network with Dallas-Fort Worth FBO

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Avfuel has welcomed DFW Corporate Aviation at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW) to its network of branded fuel locations.

The only FBO at the Dallas hub, DFW Corporate Aviation is a full-service FBO offering quick turnaround services for business aviation traffic. It also offers an array of amenities and services ranging from a conference room, computers and printers for guest use, rental cars on the ready for onward travel, transportation to and from the airport’s terminals and rental car facility, US Customs, A GPU/ power cart, a belt loader and a complimentary beverage bar.

As an Avfuel-branded location, DFW Corporate Aviation provides customers with lucrative rewards with AVTRIP and competitive prices with Avfuel Contract Fuel. In addition to contract fuel, customers will benefit from transaction ease when using the Avfuel Pro Card at the FBO with teh ability to put everything – fuel and non-fuel items with or without a fuel purchase – on one transaction, avoiding processing fees.

Commenting on this partnership, Stephen Courtois, DFW Corporate Aviation’s Manager said: “The DFW team is excited to embark on this new journey with Avfuel as its chosen partner. Now operating as a full-service FBO, we’re able to fill an important need for the corporate aviation community at one of the nation’s largest airports. Partnering with Avfuel helps us provide these operators with the comprehensive support services they require both efficiently and effectively.”