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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Better outlook for UK training airfields
Aug22

Better outlook for UK training airfields

A number of key announcements in July have bought hopes of the continuance of flying operations at one of the UK’s busiest training airfields, as well as the prospect of two recently closed airfields returning to active status. As previously reported in FTN, flying schools at Wellesbourne Airfield in Warwickshire received eviction notices at the end of 2015, amid fears that the airfield was to be closed and redeveloped as a housing...

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Virgin Atlantic orders 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft
Aug22

Virgin Atlantic orders 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft

UK-based long-haul airline Virgin Atlantic has ordered 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft with a notional order value of $4.4 billion. The aircraft are due for delivery commencing early 2019. Virgin Atlantic flies to around 30 long-haul destinations, including airports across the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Virgin Atlantic currently has 39 aircraft in its fleet: 13 787-9s, 10 A330-300s, 8 A340-600s and 8...

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‘PART-NCO’ to become UK law on August 25th
Aug22

‘PART-NCO’ to become UK law on August 25th

New EASA regulations governing the ‘non-commercial’ operation of aircraft are set to come into force in the UK on the 25th August. Although many of the ‘PART-NCO’ provisions closely resemble regulations previously published in the UK Air Navigation Order (ANO), some new requirements have caught aircraft owners and operators off-guard and there have been complaints that the new requirements have not been well-publicised in advance. The...

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