Mind games for pilots
Aug22

Mind games for pilots

On the morning of the 24th March 2015 the scene on board the Germanwings Airbus A320 was about as normal as a scheduled airline flight can be. The flight had departed from Barcelona around 30 minutes earlier and just reached cruising altitude as it headed for Dusseldorf. Approaching the French coast the captain left the cockpit, in all probability for a toilet break. It was at this moment that the co-pilot set the autopilot for a...

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European Flight Training acquired by Aviator College
Aug22

European Flight Training acquired by Aviator College

Florida-based European Flight Training (EFT), a long established provider of CAA, JAR and EASA flight training, has become a division of Aviator College of Science and Technology. Based at Fort Pierce, the company’s spokesperson said that the move is designed to consolidate and strengthen both company’s positions while bringing greater diversity and competitiveness. The new division will focus on training European students for both...

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Infringements come under the spotlight
Aug22

Infringements come under the spotlight

Even as the battle-lines are drawn over the proposed expansion of controlled airspace in the UK, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and National Air Traffic Services (NATS) are calling for a renewed focus on reducing airspace infringements, the vast majority caused by General Aviation aircraft. With all sections of the aviation community agreeing that airspace infringements must be reduced, the key questions are: why do infringements...

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Purple Aviation sold to Fishburn Airfield
Aug22

Purple Aviation sold to Fishburn Airfield

Purple Aviation, a microlight school established at Eshott airfield in Northumberland, has been sold to the team behind Fishburn airfield. Purple Aviation was established 11 years ago by Storm Smith with one weight shift microlight and built up to an operation with 5 aircraft, 4 full time instructors and currently training 55 students. Storm paid tribute to his mentor at Eshott, the late Steve Clarehugh, together with John...

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BCFT announce training partnership with Egnatia Aviation
Aug22

BCFT announce training partnership with Egnatia Aviation

Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training (BCFT), a well-known UK provider of modular flight training for professional pilots, has announced a new partnership with Greece-based Egnatia Aviation. A new partnership between BCFT and Egnatia is offering a Zero – Frozen ATPL programme that they say has been specifically designed to supply aspiring first officers with affordable, continuous modular training. Bob McGuire, MD of BCFT said: “It...

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UK CAA to allow ‘self-declaration’ medicals for UK pilots
Aug22

UK CAA to allow ‘self-declaration’ medicals for UK pilots

‘Self-declaration’ medicals for holders of UK Private Pilot Licences (PPL) and National Private Pilot Licences (NPPL) are set to become a reality in late August, the new system will replace the requirement to obtain a medical from a doctor or medical examiner. The change is contained in legislation due to be enacted in the next few weeks, an advance copy of which has been seen by FTN. Currently pilots with a NPPL licence are required...

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