New aircraft arrive for UK military flight training
Aug22

New aircraft arrive for UK military flight training

Embraer has delivered the first Phenom 100 to Affinity Flight Training Services in the UK. The Phenom 100 has been selected to provide multi-engine pilot training to UK Armed Forces as part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme. The contract with Affinity comprises of a firm order for five Phenom 100s with services support, as well as an option for additional follow on aircraft. The...

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Where is the next generation of pilots? (Part 2)

In the first part of this article, the efforts of airsports organisations such as the British Gliding Association and the Light Aircraft Association to attract new, young, pilots into aviation were detailed. The second part of this article looks at what is being done in other sectors of aviation to ensure that the current generation of aviators does not represent a ‘high water’ mark in pilot numbers. While airsports groups have led...

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GAA seek airspace consultant
Aug14

GAA seek airspace consultant

In a strong indication of where it sees future battles to be fought, the General Aviation Alliance (GAA) is advertising for an Airspace Support Consultant. The (GAA) represents key organisations in the UK General Aviation (GA) industry. It was formed in 2004 to address the need for co-ordinated response to UK regulatory issues. Members of the GAA include: British Balloon and Airship Club (BBAC); British Gliding Association (BGA);...

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Where is the next generation of pilots? (Part 1)
Aug05

Where is the next generation of pilots? (Part 1)

Is the aviation industry doing enough to nurture the next generation of pilots? Virtually every professional aviation organisation foresees an ever-rising demand for airline pilots, far in excess of previous levels, yet the financial barriers to entry into the airline pilot profession continue to get higher. Many flying schools are facing a shortage of experienced instructors, yet EASA rules make it difficult for the keen and...

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UK CAA ATPL exams changing
Aug01

UK CAA ATPL exams changing

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have announced that they will be changing the way it runs ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Examinations from 14 August 2017. The changes are being made across EASA states, and have already been put in place in Australia and New Zealand. The new platform (called ‘Quadrant’) will offer four styles of questions: Multiple-choice – this is the current question style where the candidate selects a single...

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Michael Gove Affirms Support for Fairoaks Airport
Jul20

Michael Gove Affirms Support for Fairoaks Airport

Michael Gove MP (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) visited Fairoaks Airport in early July as a guest of the ‘No Fairoaks New Town’ campaign. The campaign, established in February 2017, is seeking to protect Fairoaks Airport in Surrey from a proposed garden village development of up to 2000 houses known as ‘Fairoaks Garden Village’. This would see the end of all aviation activities on the historic General...

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