Ancient Wisdom
Jun14

Ancient Wisdom

Aviation is full of wise sayings. Some of them are useful. Darragh Owens explores the aviation proverbs we like to quote to each other Besides promoting other changes in our skills, attitudes and knowledge, learning to fly requires substantial additions to our everyday vocabulary. During the process of becoming an aviator we expand the range of our natural language, to absorb glossaries of unfamiliar terms: including various ground...

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Aircraft crashed on take-off after probable wake turbulence encounter
May20

Aircraft crashed on take-off after probable wake turbulence encounter

The flight had been planned as a training flight in a tailwheel aircraft. After completing the pre-flight briefing and checks, the flying instructor, with the broadcast wind information as “variable at 03kt”, decided to take-off from Runway 24, the longest grass runway available. The flying instructor was to carry out the take-off. No abnormalities were identified during the pre take-off power checks and, after lining up on Runway 24,...

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‘Plan before take-off’ urge NATS
May09

‘Plan before take-off’ urge NATS

The UK National Air Traffic Service (NATS) is urging pilots to carry-out proper pre-flight planning in order to avoid unintended and unauthorised entry into controlled airspace. So called ‘infringement’ incidents have been increasing in the UK and are viewed as a significant hazard in particular by controllers responsible for areas of controlled airspace. NATS say that every year, their air traffic controllers see approximately 600...

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New airprox prevention advice published
May01

New airprox prevention advice published

The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published a new set of advice to General Aviation (GA) pilots aimed at reducing the number of ‘near miss’ airprox incidents. The UKAB say that GA airprox incidents have increased by 50% over the last decade. CAA Beware leaflet 2nd page The new campaign has been developed by UKAB to offer comprehensive guidance for GA pilots, based on a thorough analysis of hundreds of incidents it has previously...

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Meeting the Girls Venture Corps – what could possibly go wrong?
Apr14

Meeting the Girls Venture Corps – what could possibly go wrong?

FTN Columnist Helen Krasner reflects on the lessons from an impromptu flying visit to a public event Way back when I was a newly qualified helicopter pilot, a month of two after getting my PPL(H), I decided to take a fixed-wing flying friend for a Saturday afternoon ‘jolly’. Where should we go? Well, she was involved with the Girls Venture Corps, and she mentioned that they had an event nearby on that day. Various...

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2017 helicopter safety culture seminar announced
Apr09

2017 helicopter safety culture seminar announced

The CAA and the British Helicopter Association (BHA) are holding a second ‘Safety Culture Seminar’ at the CAE Academy Auditorium, London Oxford Airport, on 17 May 2017, hosted by Capital Air Services. The intent of the Seminar is to promote dialogue and debate amongst the helicopter community with the aim of raising awareness and reducing occurrences. The CAA say that recent UK helicopter accident and incident investigations indicate...

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