Thomas Cook Airlines launches new Airline Cadet Programme with FTEJerez.
Mar06

Thomas Cook Airlines launches new Airline Cadet Programme with FTEJerez.

Thomas Cook Airlines has selected FTEJerez as the flight training provider of the airline’s future pilots. After not having trained ab initio pilots for a number of years, Thomas Cook Airlines is launching a Mentored Airline Pilot Programme with their long-standing training partner, FTEJerez. Selected candidates will commence their training at FTE’s aviation campus in August 2018 and transition to an Airbus type rating and first...

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easyJet joins forces with Girlguiding to engage more girls in aviation
Mar04

easyJet joins forces with Girlguiding to engage more girls in aviation

The partnership is the first to be announced as part of Girlguiding’s biggest ever overhaul of badges and activities. As part of this new programme, easyJet is sponsoring a new Aviation badge for Brownies. To earn the badge, girls will challenge themselves to think of 40 things that fly and put their engineering skills to the test, creating their own aircraft experiments with different building materials, structures and launch...

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A Virgin Sleeping Beauty awakes
Mar03

A Virgin Sleeping Beauty awakes

No – we haven’t regressed to fairy tales (at least, not just yet), but rather a modern fable demonstrating the current buoyant state of the airline business. The Sleeping Beauty in question is an Airbus A340-600 belonging to Virgin Atlantic, named ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and registered, appropriately enough, G-VNAP. They’re not short of imagination at Virgin Atlantic, it’s one of the reasons they’re one of our favourite airlines [full...

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CAA publishes Declared Training Organisation (DTO) Guidance
Mar01

CAA publishes Declared Training Organisation (DTO) Guidance

The UK CAA’s General Aviation unit has published a guidance document for those seeking to register a Declared Training Organisation (DTOs). Within the UK alone there are about 400 flying schools and clubs operating as Registered Training Facilities which will have to convert to DTOs by April 2019, or become more complex Approved Training Organisations (ATOs). Although the European rules on DTOs have not yet entered law, it is believed...

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Wishful Thinking, Darragh Owens
Feb24

Wishful Thinking, Darragh Owens

Confirmation bias is insidious and dangerous – and we all suffer from it. The detail was a long cross-country navigation exercise.  My student Neil had planned a triangular VFR flight of some 200nm, landing at two distant airports, then back to home base. At the end of the day he was hoping for a ‘sign-off’ in his logbook, which would permit him to make the same journey solo, thus fulfilling one of the experience requirements for...

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