Courting a battle over airspace
Mar19

Courting a battle over airspace

After years of increasing tension between General Aviation pilots and organisations on one hand, and airfields and airports seeking increased controlled airspace on the other, the signs are that disagreements over new airspace proposals, and even the continuation of some existing controlled airspace, may be headed to court. This simmering discontent is being bought to a head by one airport’s refusal to amend its controlled airspace,...

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Biggin Hill flight training schools given notice to quit
Mar14

Biggin Hill flight training schools given notice to quit

Flight training schools at London Biggin Hill Airport (LBH) have been given six months to cease operations and move out.  What started as a letter to tenants advising of a rise in landing fees for light aircraft operating out of London Biggin Hill Airport (LBH), which was being introduced in a bid to reduce the amount of circuit traffic, has concluded with a ban on all flight training activity within the next six months. In an open...

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APPG makes progress on airfield protection
Mar11

APPG makes progress on airfield protection

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for General Aviation has claimed an early win in its battle to protect GA airfields from housing development, announcing that a safeguarding measure has been included in the latest draft version of the UK Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). However, while the APGG has welcomed the announcement, chairman Grant Shapps MP has said that the Group still harbours concerns over GA...

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General Aviation questions for Parliament
Mar10

General Aviation questions for Parliament

FTN has spoken to a number of prominent General Aviation experts who are inviting the GA community to suggest questions to be asked in Parliament on matters relating to the concerns of GA. These experts believe that asking Parliamentarians to table Written Parliamentary Questions is an important way of raising awareness of issues affecting GA in Parliament and in the Government, as well as getting answers directly from Minsters. Once...

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BALPA says gender or finances should not be a barrier to a flying career
Mar10

BALPA says gender or finances should not be a barrier to a flying career

The UK pilots’ association has said that the only thing that should matter for wannabe pilots is ability, not gender, background or financial situation. BALPA says that young girls shouldn’t let lack of visible representation put them off dreams of becoming a pilot, nevertheless the UK pilot population is 95% male, with only 608 women in the UK holding a flight crew licence. The pilots’ association said that with increasing training...

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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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