Aviation


Still flying at 92!

A 92 year-old World War 2 female pilot is given the chance to fly a Spitfire again.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, Europe

11th May, 2015        

Solar stories - in the air and on the ground

The solar-powered Solar Impulse aircraft has just begun its global flight, while Nissan is using solar power for its glow-in-the-dark Leaf model.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, bio fuels, Middle East, Nissan

6th March, 2015        

Boeing and South African Airways develop jet fuel from tobacco

In an effort to cut carbon emissions, Boeing and South African Airways have developed a jet fuel made from a hybrid tobacco

Tags: Africa, Aviation, bio fuels, Lubes tech

11th August, 2014        

Alternative aircraft fuel and new aircraft engine concepts

ASTM has approved the use of Renewable Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic by airlines internationally while new aircraft engines can reduce consumption.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants

7th July, 2014        

An EU funded Personal Aerial Vehicle

The EU is providing $4.7 million for the development of a Personal Aerial Vehicle - a cross between a helicopter and a car.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, Europe

23rd June, 2014        

The Helicopter Man from Hunan

A Chinese farmer has built his own functioning helicopter from scratch

Tags: And finally, Aviation, China, China and finally

23rd April, 2014        

Destination unknown

A Southwest Airlines flight lands at the wrong airport.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, N America

14th January, 2014        

Sleeping on air

Passenger is locked in an aircraft after falling asleep.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, N America

9th December, 2013        

China Eastern completes first test flight using biofuel

Chinese airline compares biofuel with regular avgas and finds no noticeable difference in performance.

Tags: Aviation, China, Environment, regulatory and standards, Lubes tech

24th May, 2013        

Wind sandwich may overtake jets

Ionic thrusters generate efficient propulsion in air to rival conventional jet engines

Tags: Aviation, innovation, Lubes tech, North America

5th April, 2013        

Waste fuel to reach new heights

A pilot will attempt an intercontinental world first in an aircraft powered only by household plastic waste

Tags: Australia, Aviation, Europe, Middle East, piston engine aircraft, waste

6th March, 2013        

Boeing to refine Chinese “gutter oil” into biofuel

Aircraft maker innovates with China's used cooking oil.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, China, Environment, regulatory and standards, innovation

24th August, 2012        

Exxon increases marine supply as CAO shelves avgas plans

ExxonMobil is set to expand its marine supply operations in Shanghai, while CAO has shelved plans to build avgas storage in Malaysia.

Tags: Aviation, China, China lubes news, ExxonMobil, Lubes news, marine

22nd August, 2012        

Shuttle bids final farewell

The Space Shuttle programme bid farewell with flypasts in Washington and New York.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, N America

2nd May, 2012        

Reviving dead aircraft

Aircraft are being taken from the scrapheap and recycled for some very unusual purposes.

Tags: And finally, Aviation

1st May, 2012        

A day in the life of the Chinese super-rich

Its' spend, spend, spend as new research shows China's rich keep on getting richer.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, China, China and finally, marine

21st April, 2012        

China seeks short-term avgas, but biofuel is long term forecast

China's largest aero fuel company is looking for new short-term supplies after a recent diesel price hike, but forecasts are for a boom in biofuels by 2020.

Tags: Aviation, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts

20th April, 2012        

Road car takes to the air

Flying car could change the face of A-to-B motoring

Tags: automotive industry, Aviation, innovation, North America

6th April, 2012        

China halts Airbus orders

New EU emissions regulations could put major purchase deal on ice.

Tags: Aviation, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe

26th March, 2012        

China rejects EU emissions programme

China bans airlines from entering EU's green levy on long-haul flights

Tags: Aviation, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe

27th February, 2012        

Training is order of the day in Nigeria and Abu Dhabi

Airline maintenance staff and auto technicians are the latest beneficiaries of training programmes by lubes producers.

Tags: Africa, automotive industry, Aviation, BP, Lubrizol, Middle East

9th January, 2012        

China drives jet fuel development programmes

Scientists work on high performance fighter jet lubes and commercial biofuel testing.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, China, Environment, regulatory and standards, innovation, North America, PetroChina

14th November, 2011        

New Dreamliner flies with BP's lubes

Boeing's new 787 took to the skies on its first commercial flight with BP lubricants on board.

Tags: Asia, Aviation, BP, innovation

4th November, 2011        

Iran moots avgas exports as Bahrain plant opens

Iran may begin exporting aviation fuel, while a new Group III plant starts up in Bahrain.

Tags: Aviation, base oil, Lubes news, Middle East

20th October, 2011        

GTL could be back in fashion

Gas-to-liquid technology could become the next trend for fuels and lubes according to Shell

Tags: Aviation, innovation, Lubricants, Shell

25th July, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 126 (July 2011)

Environmental issues dominate this month's View from the Bridge - from Europe to the US and China, automotive to aviation.

Tags: automotive industry, Aviation, China, Europe, North America, View from the Bridge

13th July, 2011        

ASTM biofuel approval releases jet fuel stash

US-based Biojet has released 1bn gallons of bio-aviation fuel after ASTM approves aviation biofuels.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

11th July, 2011        

Exxon launches helicopter turbine lube

A new synthetic lube has been launched by Exxon for helicopter rotor gear.

Tags: Aviation, ExxonMobil, Lubricants

8th July, 2011        

BASF acquires avgas innovation

BASF has acquired an innovative water-binding additive for aircraft fuel.

Tags: Aviation, BASF, Europe, innovation

13th May, 2011        

New 100-octane avgas additive

A new molecular additive could be a 100LL lead replacement for aviation fuel.

Tags: additives, Aviation, bio fuels

4th April, 2011        

Fuchs gains Rolls Royce approval

Fuchs has gained approval for its metalworking products for aero-engine production

Tags: Aviation, Europe, Fuchs, Lubes news

10th March, 2011        

Canada invests in oil crops as camelina shines

Canada is investing millions of dollars in oil seed crop research including camelina, which has favourable reports for jet fuel.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

22nd December, 2010        

BP to sell in Africa; Chevron in Caribbean

BP is to sell five of its African marketing businesses, while Chevron sells marketing and aviation in the Caribbean and Central America.

Tags: Africa, Aviation, BP, Chevron, Corporate News

24th November, 2010        

Shell aviation deal in UAE

Shell signs a new distribution deal for its aviation lubes in the United Arab Emirates.

Tags: Aviation, Corporate News, Lubricants, Shell

17th August, 2010        

Galana seals Madagascar deal

Galana has sealed a distribution deal with Engen for Madagascar - one of a number for the Galana group.

Tags: Africa, Aviation, Corporate News, Middle East

17th July, 2010        

And Finally... Bulletin 103 (Jun 09)

The world's most expensive car is sold at auction; fatty acid oligomers could herald everlasting elastic bands and piston-engine pilots may be running on fumes.

Tags: automotive industry, Aviation, fatty acids

7th June, 2009        

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