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Fuel - Articles and news items

Warsaw Chopin Airport constructs railway fuel terminal

Airport news  •  30 November 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

Warsaw Chopin Airport has begun construction on a new railway fuel terminal designed to transform the delivery of fuel to the airport and open up the market to all suppliers.

Virgin Atlantic announces HSBC to join unique partnership in development of low carbon fuel

Airport news  •  27 October 2014  •  Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic has announced that the UK’s largest bank, HSBC, is joining its exciting partnership with LanzaTech in preparation for a world-first flight using a ground-breaking low carbon fuel...

Air China to cut US$8 million in fuel costs with SITA technology

Airport news  •  15 August 2014  •  SITA

SITA’s FMS Wind Uplink enables more effective fuel use...

FAA awards $40 million to new center of excellence

Airport news  •  16 September 2013  •  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

FAA selects team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for alternate jet fuels and the environment...

Flight data helps plot a route to savings

Issue 2 2013  •  4 April 2013  •  Ian Jopson, Head of Environment and Community Affairs, NATS

In a bid to save fuel and cut carbon emissions, NATS has developed a flight profile monitor tool. Ian Jopson, Head of Environment and Community Affairs at NATS, extols the virtues of the new technologyData is everywhere these days; from the huge tranches of minute information supermarkets collect on our buying habits, to the enormous databases insurance companies cultivate to help them understand and quantify risk. And in each case, it is the business with access to the richest and deepest data that is then best equipped to make the smartest decisions.

FAA, Germany to cooperate in alternative aviation fuels

Airport news  •  14 September 2012  •  FAA

The FAA and the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development signed a Declaration of Cooperation...

Onwards and upwards at Cotswold Airport

Airport news  •  14 August 2012  •  Polygon Marketing Ltd

Cotswold Airport, Kemble has confirmed that its fuels and lubricants supply arrangement with Gulf Aviation will continue...

Keeping India flying

Issue 4 2011  •  8 August 2011  •  Sanjay Varkey, Chief Executive Officer of Shell MRPL Aviation Fuels and Services Private Limited (SMA)

As the Indian aviation market continues its growth, the involvement of Shell Aviation Fuels has had much influence. International Airport Review spoke to CEO Sanjay Varkey to find out why the Indian market will continue to flourish.IAR: Shell Aviation first began its operations in India back in 2008 at Bangalore and Hyderabad Airports respectively, with nine further airports in the three years since. Has the growth in aviation in that part of the world meant that the expansion into those nine other airports was inevitable? Could it have been quicker?SV: When Shell MRPL Aviation Fuels and Services Private Limited (SMA) launched aviation fuel operations in India in 2008, Bangalore and Hyderabad were the country’s only two open access airports. Further expansions in India needed to align with access, permissions and developments at airports. In the two years since then, SMA has concluded industry first infrastructure sharing agreements in India that have enabled a rapid network expansion. Shell is currently the only multinational oil company with a government license to market aviation fuels in India. The network expansion into 12 airports across the country reinforces our strong focus on this market, which is growing at a remarkable rate.

An alternative way of thinking

Issue 2 2011  •  11 April 2011  •  Mark Rumizen, Aviation Fuels Specialist in the Aircraft Certification Division, Federal Aviation Authority (FAA)

In the early afternoon of 7 January, 2009, a Continental Airlines Boeing 737 airliner lifted off the tarmac of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport with a blend of biofuel and conventional petroleum-derived fuel feeding one of its two CFM International jet engines.This event, along with three similar demon stration flights by Air New Zealand, Japan Airlines, and KLM marked a major step forward in addressing one of commercial aviation’s most pressing concerns. The airlines need sustainable alternative fuels to address a myriad of environmental and economic challenges, and these flights demonstrated that they could soon have what they want.

Aviation Emissions, EU ETS and measurement requirements

Issue 5 2010  •  1 October 2010  •  Jeff Poole, Director, Industry Charges, Fuel and Taxation, IATA

From January 2012, aircraft operators whose flights arrive in and depart from EU27 (plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein airports) will have to comply with a CO2 emissions cap, as part of an expanded EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). While IATA recognises that some economic measures can help to mitigate emissions, IATA remains opposed to national and regional cap-and-trade schemes for international civil aviation. This article presents the airline industry objectives and targets for addressing its emissions, the challenges faced in complying with the EU ETS requirements, and measures to be taken to find suitable outcomes.

Fuel Cells Flying High!

Issue 4 2010  •  10 August 2010  •  Sandra Curtin, Research Director, Breakthrough Technologies Institute

The aviation sector is under growing pressure to regulate the emissions of aircraft and airport vehicles. This calls for new approaches that will reduce fossil fuel use, increase energy efficiency and reduce noise pollution. While aviation experts generally do not foresee the use of fuel cells for primary propulsion for larger aircraft, the technology shows great promise in helping to improve environmental performance, and respond to a future where aviation emissions are no longer free.

A survey of airline pilots regarding fuel conservation procedures for taxi operations

Issue 3 2010  •  9 June 2010  •  Regina Clewlow, Hamsa Balakrishnan and Tom Reynolds, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aircraft taxi operations are a significant source of energy consumption and emissions at airports. In 2007, an estimated 4,000 tons of hydrocarbons, 8,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 45,000 tons of carbon monoxide were emitted through taxi-out operations at U.S. airports1. These pollutants contribute to low-altitude emissions, directly impact local nonattainment of air pollution standards, and represent an endangerment to human health and welfare.Given increasing fuel prices and concern about aviation-related environmental impacts, airlines have implemented a number of practices to reduce fuel burn during ground operations.

Paving the way for alternative fuels

Issue 3 2010  •  9 June 2010  •  Heather Haskin, Programme Manager, United States Air Force Alternative Fuels Certification Office (AFCO) & Mark Rumizen, Aviation Fuels Specialist, Aircraft Certification Division, FAA.

An aviation first: As part of the United States Air Force (USAF) long-term energy vision, the Alternative Fuels Certification Office (AFCO), consisting of a small cadre of systems engineers and managers, was formed to develop and execute repeatable processes to identify viable fuel candidates and certify them for fleet-wide operations. These activities require substantial collaboration with the fuels experts at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Air Force Petroleum Agency (AFPET), and the Defense Energy Support Centre (DESC). The AFCO is nearing completion of its original objective of certifying a 50/50 blend of its traditional JP-8 and Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (JP-8/SPK) by 2011. The synthetic component of this blend is derived using the Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) process that converts coal, natural gas, or biomass to fuel. Concurrently, the AFCO has undertaken a newer initiative to certify all platforms on a 50/50 blend of JP-8 and Hydro-processed Renewable Jet fuel (JP-8/HRJ), biofuels derived from plant or algal oils or animal fats, by 2013.

Developments in jet fuel handling

Issue 3 2010  •  9 June 2010  •  Martin Hunnybun, Technical Team Manager – Fuels & Fuel Handling, Energy Institute

National governments worldwide have mandated the use of renewable components in road transport fuels. One of the most common options is to blend Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) (derived from rape seed, palm, soy, tallow etc) into automotive diesel to produce a ‘biodiesel blend’. The European standard for automotive diesel (EN 590) currently allows up to 7% FAME, while in the USA, the ASTM specification for on- and off- road diesel (ASTM D975) allows up to 5% FAME. Other ASTM specifications cover 6 – 20% biodiesel blends.

AIRE: Reduced noise and emissions on first complete transatlantic green flights

Airport news  •  8 April 2010  •  SESAR

The two first complete (gate-to-gate) green transatlantic flights were operated on 6 & 7 April from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Miami airports...

 

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