Coalition seeks Avgas Solution
A coalition of general aviation and petroleum associations unveils its Future Avgas Strategy and Transition (FAST) plan to find a long-term solution for a replacement fuel for leaded aviation gas. The Environmental Protection Agency released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking input on the potential phasing out of 100LL. The comment period for the ANPRM, released April 28, was extended until Aug. 27.
The coalition’s goals include establishing a process to develop the most viable unleaded solution; spurring the development of high-octane, unleaded avgas; and making recommendations on the transition from 100LL.
The coalition seeks to create a public/private partnership led by FAA to find the most viable unleaded solution to replace 100LL avgas. It also plans to support research and development of related airworthiness and emissions regulatory standards.
Arcadia Aviation to Acquire Wayfarer
Arcadia Aviation based in New York proposes to acquire Wayfarer Aviation via a signed letter of intent, averting a shutdown of Wayfarer’s operations. Wayfarer was formed following an investment group’s purchase of the assets of bankrupt JetDirect Aviation.
Arcadia, an airport real estate development and aviation services company, develops facilities for corporate flight departments and managed aircraft. Wayfarer would add national charter capabilities. The company operates FBOs at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg and at Sullivan County International Airport in New York.
Wayfarer’s base in Weymouth, MA and sales offices in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Los Angeles would be retained.
At San Jose, a New Terminal B Debuts
On the weekend of June 26-27, Mineta San Jose International Airport offered local residents an opportunity to pass through the security checkpoint at new Terminal B to see the transformation of Silicon Valley’s airport. The terminal opened the following week.
The $1.3 billion project was downsized from $4.5 billion, and features high-tech amenities and a state-of-the-art, solar-powered rental garage with 3,000 car spaces adjacent to the new terminal. Gensler was charged with the master design; Fentress Architects instituted it.
ACI-NA — Airport Council Int’l-North America names Jerry Staples, VP of marketing and business development at the Halifax Int’l Airport Authority, the 2010 winner of the Ted Bushelman Legacy Award for Creativity and Excellence.
Aero Comfort — opens a 10,000-sq.ft. facility just outside San Antonio Int’l Airport on the northeast end of the airfield. The facility will support Aero Comfort’s aircraft interior refurbishment and completion work.
Air Canada — launches daily service between San Diego Int’l Airport and Toronto Pearson.
AJ Walter Aviation — a spares support specialist, is making a $10 million investment in its A320/A330 inventory. AJW is growing its Los Angeles hub to support an increasing number of operators and MRO facilities, while developing its Miami base to include significant in-service Boeing component inventories.
allfbo.com — a Bellingham, WA-based company is launched, providing a web-based software application that offers a streamlined way for FBOs to book trips with pilots, schedulers, or dispatchers either over the phone or through the Web.
American Airlines — is awarded by U.S. DOT rights to fly eleven flights per week between the U.S. and Brazil beginning Nov. 18.
• American discontinues its twice daily non-stop Boston to San Francisco route this November.
AOPA — AOPA Aviation Summit returns to the Long Beach Convention Center Nov. 11-13, 2010.
Argus Traqpak — flight data show that business aviation activity in May was down 0.4 percent over April 2010. Part 135 charter was up 0.4 percent, with midsize jet charter aircraft activity increasing 5.4 percent over the previous month.
North Texas' low international profile is one of many challenges officials face as they labor to attract new flights to foreign destinations.
Bill Koch has been appointed CEO of Wayfarer Aviation.
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