Sometimes Two Heads are Not Better Than One
Feb28

Sometimes Two Heads are Not Better Than One

Soon after I got my PPL(A), back in the dark ages, flying friends suggested that I pair up with another recently qualified pilot. That way, they said, we could share the cost, and also benefit from each other’s experience. One could fly, while the other did the navigation and radio; then we would swap for the next flight. Half the cost, half the work, twice the fun, they told me. A well tried and tested way of gaining...

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Teaching Threat and Error Management
Nov02

Teaching Threat and Error Management

Include threat and error management from the beginning of flight training. For an activity peppered with so many potential hazards, aviation has achieved a remarkable safety level since its perilous early days, most especially when thinking about public transport (or ‘Commercial Air Transport’) operation in recent decades. Much of the progress in the safety arena has come not just from technological advances per se, but from an...

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Lasham Gliding Society challenge the CAA
Oct20

Lasham Gliding Society challenge the CAA

Lasham Gliding Society (LGS), the world’s largest gliding club, is taking its fight against the newly announced Farnborough controlled airspace to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In a statement the club said: “Lasham Gliding Society is strongly opposed to the CAA’s decision. Contrary to the statements made in the CAA decision document, Lasham Gliding Society considers that the decision to introduce new controlled airspace has...

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EASA Launch Airspace Infringement Video
Oct04

EASA Launch Airspace Infringement Video

EASA and EU National Aviation Authorities have launched a coordinated safety promotion campaign on avoiding airspace infringement. The campaign, which addresses European General Aviation pilots and flying instructors, has been prepared because airspace infringements of General Aviation aircraft have steadily risen in the past 10 years say EASA. The campaign seeks to reach out to the European General Aviation (GA) community as widely...

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Line in the Air?
Sep01

Line in the Air?

As FTN went to print last month, the UK Civil Aviation Authority published its decision to grant Farnborough Airport new controlled airspace, some six years after the possibility of controlled airspace for Farnborough had first been formally mooted. The airspace proposal put forward by airport operators TAG Farnborough Airport was modified by the CAA, in order it said to afford easier access to non-commercial, light aircraft traffic,...

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New EASA Rules on Mental Fitness in Wake of Germanwings Flight 9525 Accident
Aug04

New EASA Rules on Mental Fitness in Wake of Germanwings Flight 9525 Accident

The European Union published new safety rules on air operations, including new provisions to support the mental fitness of air crew. Talking about the new regulations, EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick Ky, said: “These new European rules take up the proposals EASA made in its swift follow-up of the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident, in consultation with the wider aviation community. “With these rules Europe...

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