Aviation Skills Partnership announce new UK Aviation Academy
Oct15

Aviation Skills Partnership announce new UK Aviation Academy

A £15m state-of-the-art Aviation Academy is set to open at RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire in 2019 in a joint venture between the RAF Air Cadets and Aviation Skills Partnership. Offering qualifications and training in aviation-related subjects from GCSE up to degree level, students at the new facility will be primed to take up jobs in the aviation industry ranging from pilots to air traffic controllers to engineers and cabin crew. RAF...

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First Emirates Flight Training Academy aircraft delivered
Oct12

First Emirates Flight Training Academy aircraft delivered

Emirates Flight Training Academy has taken delivery of its first two Cirrus SR22 G6 training aircraft at its base in Dubai. These are the first of the 22 single-piston engine Cirrus aircraft that have been ordered by the Academy to train ab initio pilots. The two aircraft, A6-CTA and A6-CTB, arrived in Dubai following an 11-stop transatlantic journey. Upon completion of manufacture, the two aircraft were flown from Duluth, Minnesota...

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Blackpool Council purchases Blackpool Airport site
Oct10

Blackpool Council purchases Blackpool Airport site

The council, which was previously a 5% shareholder in the airport, has signed a £4.25m deal with previous owners Balfour Beatty to fully take over the operating company Regional and City Airports (Blackpool) Holdings Ltd and will take over 100% ownership of the airport site Cllr Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “Today is a really important day for aviation on the Fylde coast and this sale heralds a positive new dawn...

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IFEA meets
Oct09

IFEA meets

The Independent Flight Examiners Association (IFEA) has held its third meeting since its inception last December, the meeting was attended by some twenty examiners from all over the country. IFEA aims to represent the interest of all CAA Authorised examiners, Flight and Ground examiners as well as SFE and RTF examiners and membership is open to any UK flight examiner who holds, or has held, an examiner certificate. IFEA says its main...

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IASA Makes Progress
Oct07

IASA Makes Progress

Since FTN reported the creation of the Irish Aviation Students Association (IASA) two years ago, the organisation has been working to provide platforms for secondary, third level and postgraduate students, and young professionals, to network and learn about the aviation industry. In the last 12 months IASA has hosted events targeting students and young professionals across Ireland through initiatives it calls Career Slingshots and...

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Pilots? Who needs pilots?
Oct01

Pilots? Who needs pilots?

In mid-September, rumours began to circulate that Europe’s largest airline was having to cancel flights due to a lack of flight crew. Just a few days later, Ryanair announced the cancellation of thousands of flights over a six-week week period, in order, the airline said, to “Improve its system-wide punctuality which has fallen below 80 per cent in the first two weeks of September”. The airline largely blamed a combination of European...

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