Monarch pilots in demand
Oct25

Monarch pilots in demand

UK airlines have reacted quickly to the collapse of Monarch airlines which left around 400 ex-Monarch pilots looking for new positions. A number of airlines set-up Monarch-specific recruitment web pages within hours of the news that Monarch had ceased flying, with major airlines including Virgin Atlantic, EasyJet, Flybe, Thompson and BA City Flyer all offering a ‘fast track’ applications process for ex-Monarch crew. It is understood...

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At last – a certified DC-3 flight simulator
Oct24

At last – a certified DC-3 flight simulator

Here at FTN Towers we’re used to reporting the latest news of advanced simulators being bought by flying schools and other training organisations. We’ve even been known to have a go in simulators from time-to-time (and it’s not true that an FTN staffer once described a particular simulator as being more realistic than the actual aeroplane it was representing). Even so, the news that that the Dutch CAA has certified a DC-3 simulator as...

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Wizz Air applies for UK Air Operator’s Certificate
Oct20

Wizz Air applies for UK Air Operator’s Certificate

As UK-based airlines announce plans for new European centres of operation ahead of ‘Brexit’, Wizz Air is believed to be the first major European airline to open a UK-based operation for the same reason. Wizz Air UK Ltd, a fully owned and controlled subsidiary of Wizz Air Holdings Plc claims to be the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe. It has announced that it has filed an application for the grant of an Air...

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Fearless, daring and intelligent – and I’ve got the bars to prove it
Oct19

Fearless, daring and intelligent – and I’ve got the bars to prove it

At a flying school frequented by this squawker some years ago, the wearing of epaulettes by the flying school staff was eschewed. As a ‘grass roots’ flying club, teaching private pilots exclusively, it was deemed somewhat gauche to be seen parading round the clubhouse in full piloting regalia, resembling a Bolivian Tank Commander in full dress uniform. Instructor identification was deemed obvious by the general swagger and 1,000-yard...

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HCAP publish open letter to Ryanair
Oct18

HCAP publish open letter to Ryanair

Following Ryanair’s well-publicised issues with pilot staffing, and combative comments by CEO Michael O’Leary, the current Master of The Honourable Company of Air Pilots, Chris Spurrier BSc(Eng), has penned an open letter in response: Most professional pilots will have read Mr O’Leary’s comments on pilot fatigue and the skills required to fly an aeroplane with disbelief. The European Air Safety Authority (EASA) has set the limits on...

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