VistaJet to Offer Global Access to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

  • When VistaJet plans to be carbon neutral
  • Why VistaJet is investing in SAF

As part of VistaJet’s ongoing commitment to be Carbon Neutral by 2025, VistaJet has pledged to be the first business aviation company to provide global access to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a liquid and clean substitute for fossil jet fuel. Produced from sustainable resources like waste oils, algae and agricultural residues, the use of SAF in its neat form can result in a carbon emission reduction of up to 85% compared to conventional jet fuel. As well as being cleaner than kerosene, an additional benefit of SAF is that it can be blended with conventional jet fuel, allowing for a gradual introduction into supplies without the need for any expensive jet engine adaptations. VistaJet is investing in SAF because Aviation fuel is VistaJet’s primary emission source is aviation fuel source, representing 89% of the total greenhouse gas emissions. This comprises emissions from the production, processing, delivery, and combustion of aviation fuel. 

Through VistaJets partner SkyNRG, VistaJet is able to offer all its customers the most sustainable, cost-effective and scalable solution to decarbonize their flights: Biofuel Credit. The Biofuel Credit system allows anyone around the world to invest in SAF even when not physically available at the departure airport. SAF will be delivered to an airport near the production location, minimizing supply chain emissions, where it is then added to the local supply. The SAF delivered is tracked and verified, and the corresponding carbon emissions factors are calculated and allocated to the VistaJet customer, so only they can claim the carbon credits for carbon offsetting.

What Is Aviation’s Place In A Sustainable Future?

  • Can aviation become fully sustainable before its too late
  • A word from the senior director for sustainability of the ACI

For aviation to prove that it has a part to play in a sustainable, it will require long-term perspective investments. In order to reduce its impact on global warming – and secure its own survival – the industry will need to collaborate with external stakeholders, working from a place of a shared narrative. Aviation may not be as big a CO2 emitter as the food production or fashion industries. Still, it has become the high-profile poster-child for pollution. It has been convenient for governments to place some responsibility for climate change on air travel and individual habits rather than regulate more politically sensitive industries, such as factory-scale livestock farming. If this is achieved, by 2040, aviation will contribute 15.5 million in direct jobs and $1.5 trillion of GDP to the world economy.

Everyone needs to do their part – and it needs to go beyond just waiting for aircraft manufacturers to deliver the next best-promise lower emission aircraft. Aviation will need to widen its scope and collaborate with stakeholders outside the industry in order to achieve long-term sustainability goals. During Aviation Week’s webinar The Road to Zero Carbon Airports on Thursday, Julianna Scavuzzi, senior director for sustainability, environmental protection and legal affairs at Airports Council International (ACI), stated that, “We need to go beyond the collaboration that we were used to doing and include non-aviation stakeholders because part of the solutions will come from external stakeholders. The pandemic has, I think, taught us that we will need more than just our own sector.” 

US Senate urged to Hold Hearings on Airlines’ Use of COVID Bailout Funds

  • How much money US Airlines recieved in covid “Bailout” money
  • Why airlines had to cancel so many flights during the pandemic

US airlines received over $79 billion in bailout money across three COVID-related bills in 2020-2021 to help them, their employees, and the air travel industry survive the worst of the COVID pandemic. FlyersRights President Paul Hudson called for US Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearings with airline CEOs plus labor and passenger representatives. Paul Hudson explained, “Airlines were given massive federal subsidies since 2020 to keep public air service strong and reduce COVID infections. But recent record-high cancellations, flight delays, plus airline opposition to some CDC guidelines call into question whether taxpayer money has been misused by airline management.”

Congress intended this money to go to pilots, flight attendants, and other airline and airport employees to ensure they were paid during the severely depressed demand period and to ensure that the airlines would have the capacity to meet the increased travel demand as soon as the COVID-19 situation improved. The airlines, particularly American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Southwest Airlines, completely failed the American people. Throughout the summer, airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights per day because they did not have enough employees ready to go. On its worst day, Spirit Airlines cancelled over half of its scheduled flights.

Constant Aviation and Western Technical College Partner to Offer Career Solutions for Students

  • The Details of the partnership and what it means for the future of aviation

Constant Aviation, the nation’s leading provider of quality maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) and aircraft-on-ground (AOG) services, announced that it is partnering with Western Technical College of El Paso, Texas, to provide flexible, long-term career paths for students looking to enter the high-technology world of aviation maintenance. The partnership comes at an opportune time, since Constant Aviation is seeing a rapidly growing demand for its services, having expanded its nationwide AOG mobile response network by more than 15% this year alone. In order to fulfill needs in AOG and at facilities in Cleveland and elsewhere, the company is recruiting for positions including technicians in avionics, AMT, paint, wire harness and other areas, with many positions offering $2,000 signing bonuses. Under the new partnership, students will be able to exit the Western Tech program and enter directly into the aviation workforce, earning their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications while also working at Constant Aviation, learning from the best and using the most advanced technology.

Jim Yarborough, Constant Aviation’s head of work force development, “Western Tech’s curriculums are perfectly suited as a head start to our apprentice programs, the quality instructors at Western Tech, the outstanding curriculum and the program’s high standards lend themselves to creating skilled technicians with outstanding earnings potential in a meaningful career.” In addition, Western Tech will work with Constant Aviation on future endeavors to supplement emerging technologies initiatives such as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Constant Aviation has been an authorized UAS service center since 2017 and has been building partnerships to support the market for this emerging technology.

Air Charter Expo Returns to London in September

  • What airport this event will be held
  • A word from ACA’s CEO about the event and what the expo has to offer

The Air Charter Association (ACA) plans to return to holding its Air Charter Expo (ACE) in an in-person format on September 14 at London Biggin Hill Airport. Air Charter Expo is a unique exhibition, giving you the opportunity to come and present your services to your most important customers. For charter operators, the economical exhibit space is complemented by a superb static display only a few metres away where you can welcome customers aboard your aircraft. More than 20 aircraft are also expected to be on display in a hangar and adjacent open-air static aircraft park during the one-day show. This display will include what organizers claim will be the “first electric aircraft to market.”

A seminar will be given to address issues affecting charter brokers and aircraft operating companies, including sustainability, illegal air charter, and pushing the aviation industry forward into the future. A second session will be held in the afternoon and will focus on how private aviation can go green, hitting key points such as electric or hybrid aircrafts. 

ACA CEO Glenn Hogben said “As the first real-life industry expo event for our community since March 2020, we are extremely excited to reunite the air charter industry this September, In-person networking has been severely stunted over the past year and ACE offers renewed business opportunities for aviation professionals.”

NBAA To Require Vaccination for BACE Attendees

  • When you will need to have this vaccination in order to attend the convention
  • A word from NBAA owner and CEO about the vaccination decision

The National Business and Aviation Association (NBAA)  has decided to make it a requirement for all Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition attendees to be Covid-19 vaccinated before the convention which is to be held October 12 to 14 in the new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. NBAA added that it anticipates that mask-wearing will become a matter of personal choice for attendees and exhibitors. 

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen had this to say about the decision, “For decades, the aviation industry has brought people together and transported them forward safely and responsibly, we are leveraging that approach to aviation safety to guide us with regard to NBAA-BACE. We are taking guidance from health and safety experts and adopting trade show best practices. Including a vaccine requirement in the comprehensive safety protocols for the show will create the most interactive environment possible for buying, selling, networking, and learning.”

Health and safety experts say requiring vaccination is the most effective way to provide a safe environment for in-person events. NBAA remains optimistic about the prospects for the show, pointing to a sold-out exhibit floor along with new features like the Maintenance Pavilion and the Owner/Single-Pilot Pavilion. In addition, the association believes a number of major product announcements are being readied for the event.

Jetex Named Official FBO of Dubai Airshow 2021

  • When the Dubai Airshow is going to be held
  • A word from the founder of Jetex on being the official FBO of the Dubai Airshow

For the fourth consecutive time, Jetex will be the Official FBO of the Dubai Airshow, taking place on 14-18 November 2021 at Dubai World Central (DWC). The airshow is set to be a landmark event for the aviation industry preparing for post Pandemic times. Jetex, an award-winning global leader in executive aviation, is once again to be presented the opportunity to take the lead within such a great event held in the United Arab Emirates, showing its trust, respect and commitment for the region. The Dubai Airshow is closely connected with the history of the company: Jetex made its debut during the Dubai Airshow back in 2005. 

Today, the Dubai Airshow has evolved to become one of the largest and most important aerospace events in the world. Complete with never-before-seen technologies, a captivating display of the most advanced aircraft along with unrivaled networking opportunities, the five-day airshow is the best in person aerospace event happening this year.  Adel Mardini, Founder & CEO of Jetex, who is also a Member of the Dubai Airshow Advisory Board said “We are pleased to once again be part of the prestigious Dubai Airshow. Throughout the health crisis, Jetex continued to facilitate travel and it was an unprecedented learning experience for all of us. Today, we are stronger than ever and eager to share our expertise with our clients and partners, as we congregate at the biggest aviation industry event of 2021” The 2021 Dubai Airshow looks extremely promising as it reflects the ever-growing industry now laying the foundations for the aviation of the future.

NBAA-BACE New Product Showcase is Going Digital

  • A statement from Tyler Austin, the NBAA Director about the new product showcase
  • Why this addition will be valuable to attendees and exhibitors during a pandemic

Advancement and modernization are always at the forefront in business aviation, even during a pandemic. Many of the exhibitors at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention have released their latest products since the last convention, 18 months ago. The focus on the digital and mobile presence of a retooled New Products Showcase will be a valuable asset to attendees and exhibitors. 

Tyler Austin, NBAA director, certification, said “We’ve reimagined the New Product Showcase with the exhibitor and attendee experience in mind, this digital platform will allow exhibitors to get their product or service in front of a wider audience, increasing the ROI on their NBAA-BACE investment. For attendees, the platform will pull together many of the latest and greatest products business aviation has to offer in one place, attendees will be able to view these products before, during, and after NBAA-BACE, maximizing exposure and access to these featured new products.”

This gives exhibitors a platform to showcase their new products and easily reach potential buyers and customers. This opportunity is only available to NBAA-BACE exhibitors, with listings appearing on both the NBAA-BACE website and the show’s mobile app, as well as dedicated outreach to NBAA press partners.

Private Jets Can Emit Over 2 Tonnes of cO2 an Hour

  • How the uptick in demand for private aviation is hurting our environment
  • How the aviation industry can save our planet by 2030

The demand for private jets has soured in the first half of 2021, being up 42% on the same period last year compared with an upturn of less than 10% for scheduled airlines. Business aviation hit a record high in June, up 10% on the pre-pandemic high point of June 2019. Since demand for these flights keeps growing, we are emitting more co2 into our atmosphere than ever before. In just one hour, a private jet can emit two tonnes of co2 into our atmosphere. This compares to the 8.2 tonnes of c02 each EU resident emits on average per year.  

Sam Cook, an aircraft financing specialist at US bank JPMorgan said, “Decarbonisation is extremely topical in the wider industry, developments are still at a very early stage, but advances in areas like sustainable aviation fuel are becoming increasingly important to manufacturers and operators, and to us as financiers.”

By 2030, regulators should only permit the use of hydrogen or electric aircraft powered with green hydrogen and electricity for private jet flights under 1,000km within Europe. Large private jet companies should be obligated to enter into PPA agreements with e-kerosene suppliers for all flights. Pending the development of these new technologies, companies and individuals should commit to substantial reduction in private jet use.

Kelch Aviation Museum in Wisconsin is Now Open

  • What the museum consists of (aircrafts, engines, cars, etc)
  • How many vintage original aircrafts are on display at the museum

The Kelch Aviation Museum is officially open after five years of fundraising and community support. The new facilities consist of a 12,000 square foot main space, the Bill & Sue Knight Memorial Vintage Hangar, filled with aircraft, engines, cars, and immersive displays, and the Kent Joranlien Memorial Fellowship Located on the peaceful countryside Brodhead airport, The Alfred & Lois Kelch Aviation Museum celebrates the Golden Age of Aviation – the science, the technology, and the stories that launched aviation into the modern age.  In 2004, the entirety of Alfred & Lois Kelch’s vintage aircraft collection was placed into the Alfred & Lois Kelch Charitable Trust, along with funds to “keep the hangars open”. In 2012, the trust board decided the doors should be open – and more. With the help of hundreds of donors and supporters, we’ve become a true museum.

Kelch’s aircraft collection is made up of 19 original vintage airplanes. Some are from Al Kelch’s original collection, some have been donated, and some are on long-term loan to the museum. Within the fleet are an original Taylor E-2 Cub, a Stearman C3B with a fascinating history, the only airworthy Butler Blackhawk in existence, and a Travel Air with a direct link to Charles Lindbergh. They keep many of their planes airworthy, so on any given summer’s day you’re likely to see one soaring overhead.