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Monday, January 12, 2009

New Fuel Tool from NATA

A new fuel research and optimization program that complements flight planning software is the result of a deal cut between the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and Scheduling Sidecar Inc. (SSC).
The program works with an operator’s existing trip scheduling program to provide flight planners additional data to plan trips cost effectively, said the organization. Data includes contract fuel availability and the operator’s specific negotiated contract fuel pricing at single or multiple destination. SSC automatically provides cost saving fueling options at alternate airports near flight destinations. SSC also provides information regarding participating FBOs, including their pricing, amenities and participation in programs such as NATA’s Safety 1st training.
Scheduling Sidecar will be officially unveiled next week at the National Business Aviation Association’s 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in Long Beach, CA.
“Using Scheduling Sidecar over traditional methods of fuel research and procurement increases operational efficiency and reduces costs,” explained SSC Founder Andy Priester. “It also provides the convenience of easy fuel ordering, from any Internet accessible location and for multi-airport trips, with a single click.”
Scheduling Sidecar enables operators to:
• Order from anywhere with Internet access, including the cockpit.
• Search and sort though contract fuel prices available at preferred destinations.
• Control and upload data, ensuring information is up to date.
• Find other airports in the area with cost effective fuel options.
• Order fuel for the entire trip with one click, even at multiple airports.
• Map and find cost effective fuel stops on long legs.
• View information about FBOs including “Safety 1st” participation for informed choices.
• Track fuel purchases and produce reports showing how much you have saved.

An additional feature scheduled to be added includes the ability to find a true fuel planning solution for each flight itinerary and each specific aircraft type. SSC’s Fuel Optimizer examines fuel price, gallons to waive ramp fees and tankering parameters, as well as calculates the most cost effective trip fuel solution.
“With a recession comes serious financial belt-tightening,” stated NATA President James Coyne. “During these difficult economic times, NATA continues to look for opportunities for the association’s membership to reduce costs while maximizing efficiency. As part of this effort, NATA is pleased to announce this new partnership with Scheduling Sidecar.”

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