Improving Ground Operations

Highlights from AIE 2010

Products from the floor
Liquip International — A commercial aviation fueling equipment provider, Liquip manufactures narrow and wide body hydrant carts, hydrant dispensers, refuelers, and aviation fuel filtration vessels. The company also works with into-plane refueling companies with regard to retrofitting older equipment with new parts and technologies;

Hammonds Technical Services — supplies the HTS-100M Vision onboard digital additive injection system that takes signals either directly from the meter or load computer and provides real time, continuous, pulse free, wild stream blending of additives throughout the entire flow range of any fueling truck or hydrant system;

Lamb Fuels — purchases recovered reusable fuels from airports that want a cost-effective alternative to fuel disposal;

Hiller Group Acquires Air Petro
During this year’s Aviation Industry Expo in Las Vegas, a major fuel distribution agreement was unveiled.

The Hiller Group, a distributor of Chevron-branded aviation fuels in the Eastern United States and based in Tampa, announced during this year’s Aviation Industry Expo that it will expand its U.S. marketing territory through the purchase of Air Petro Corporation, a supplier of Chevron-branded aviation fuels in the Western United States. The aquisition will be finalized May 1, 2010.

Marty Hiller, Hiller Group CEO and president, says: “We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Air Petro’s owners, the Ulberg family.” Key management, he adds, will remain in place.

Hiller expects the move to be the first in taking the company’s fuel distribution national, with increased marketing and additional dealer programs under consideration.

NATA Reports Spring Training Success
The 2010 National Air Transportation Association Spring Training Week, held in conjunction with this year’s Aviation Industry Expo, was revamped and included NATA’s FBO Success, Line Service Supervisor Training, Environmental Compliance, and Safety 1st Trainer seminars. Comments NATA director of safety and training Amy Koranda, “We hit one out of the park with this year’s event. We saw an overall jump in attendance over the past two years’ figures.”

During an interview with AIRPORT BUSINESS, Koranda reiterated one idea that may take root for the 2011 event is the concept of incorporating an ‘FBO University’ curriculum into the show. NATA president Jim Coyne, who seeks to build on the success in recent years of its training curriculum, has been promoting the concept.

Says Koranda, “We put it on hold because of the economy, but we’re thrilled with the idea.” She relates that the FBO University concept can incorporate training, education, and sharing of best practices by top management – all in one forum.

The 2011 Spring Training/AIE event is scheduled for February 23-25 in Las Vegas.

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