Young Aviators dinner
Apr18

Young Aviators dinner

Ever get cynical about the aviation business? It’s a tired cliché that old hacks (like those you’ll find most days at FTN towers) are sceptical by nature, having been exposed to the darker reaches of human nature, and airline catering, just once too often. Nevertheless, even our hardened hearts were warmed recently by an evening spent at the Young Aviators dinner – an event hosted by The Air League and The Honourable Company of Air...

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Concorde on the move again
Mar02

Concorde on the move again

OK – don’t get too excited, although we have to admit that even now, some 14 years after Concorde left commercial service, even the mention of the name brings on a certain misty-eyed longing around FTN towers. The actual news (yes, we do dabble in that occasionally) is that Concorde 216 G-BOAF has been moved from a long repose next to the now-closed runway at Bristol Filton, to her new home across the airfield in the soon to be opened...

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Oldies, but goodies…..
Nov09

Oldies, but goodies…..

Yes – it’s been around a long time, but as classic aviation humour, it’s difficult to beat the following exchanges between pilots and long-suffering engineers. After every flight, QANTAS pilots fill out a form, known as a ‘gripe sheet’ to tell mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics fix the problem, and then document their repairs on the form. Here are some actual maintenance problems submitted by the...

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Air service welcomes millionth passenger
Nov03

Air service welcomes millionth passenger

Millionth passenger welcomed aboard world’s ‘shortest flight’  

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Around the world – without leaving Peterborough
Oct22

Around the world – without leaving Peterborough

Let’s start by saying that we’re not taking the mickey out of Peterborough, rather we’re applauding an inspired bit of fundraising by Jet Sim school, based at Peterborough Sibson airfield. It has come to our attention at FTN towers that Jet Sim School will be using their Boeing 737-800 flight simulator in a marathon seven day and seven night sponsored ‘flight around the world’ to raise funds for local charity Magpas Air Ambulance. The...

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London to Malta – in a day
Aug22

London to Malta – in a day

While we’re in congratulatory mood, serious respect to Douglas Cairns and Karl Beetson who have just set a World Aviation Speed Record, flying a Vans RV8 and Vans RV4 from Denham to Malta in a single day. The trip involved 13 hours of flying and three fuel stops (Le Touquet, Gap Tallard in the French Alps and Figari Sud on the southern tip of Corsica). Of course, there’s quite a lot of these sort of flights going on, so it’s worth...

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