Wycombe Air Park to reopen 01 August
Jul14

Wycombe Air Park to reopen 01 August

Wycombe Air Park (Booker), located in Buckinghamshire on the outskirts of London’s TMA, has been closed to all but resident aircraft since the coronavirus lockdown commenced in late March. Sean Brown, CEO of British European Aviation, the leaseholders of the airfield, has now confirmed exclusively to FTN that it will reopen fully from the beginning of August. FTN understands that one reason for the delay in reopening has been...

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Recreational flying training resumes in England, while devolved nations remain grounded
Jul09

Recreational flying training resumes in England, while devolved nations remain grounded

After an unprecedented three-month shutdown of the vast majority of the UK’s flight training industry, the long-awaited news that Government was changing its advice to the flying schools of the UK came at around midday on 26 June. The message from David Harding, (Department for Transport Deputy Director, General Aviation, Skills, Safety and CAA Division), to General Aviation associations was succinct and to the point: “I can confirm...

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Online classrooms set to stay?
Jul09

Online classrooms set to stay?

Bristol Groundschool (BGS) says that it is adapting its teaching style during lockdown to include online and recorded video lessons. This enables it to offer a distance learning solution to both new and current students studying at home via their laptops and tablets. Their distance learning suite now includes: A content generation and management training system Their online question bank – bgsonline Live webinars and recordings, all...

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Flying training to resume in England from 04 July
Jun26

Flying training to resume in England from 04 July

It has been confirmed today that flying training can resume in England from 04 July. In a letter to General Aviation associations, David Harding, DfT Deputy Director, General Aviation, Skills, Safety and CAA Division, wrote: “Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week about changes to lockdown measures, I can confirm that the reopening of GA businesses and the safe restart of General Aviation dual and instructional...

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Can socially-distanced flight training work?
Jun17

Can socially-distanced flight training work?

Although commercial pilot flight training recommenced at a number of Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) in the UK towards the end of May, at the time of writing, flying clubs and PPL schools remain in lockdown. The message from UK Government is that it is too early to restart all forms of flight training just yet, but there is a glimmer of hope that July could see some return to the skies for flying schools and clubs. As reported...

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Commercial flight training resumes in UK
May28

Commercial flight training resumes in UK

LEA at Oxford Airport have sent FTN a report of their activities, following resumption of flying training earlier this week. As reported previously, LEA were the first ATO to approach the CAA to inform them of their plans to resume training under a highly modified operation, designed to keep their customers and employees virus free. Day one of our new regime was both an exciting day and one peppered with anticipation. Six students,...

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