Theoretical knowledge exam completion period extended
Apr24

Theoretical knowledge exam completion period extended

With ATOs and DTOs unable to deliver theoretical knowledge examinations for their students during the Covid-19 shutdown period, and with the CAA announcing cessation of all UK CAA Exam sessions until at least 01 May 2020 (now more likely to be June), the Authority has decided to extend the maximum permitted exam completion period from 18 to 24 months. The general exemption is for candidates within UK-based Approved Training...

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BGA launches webinar, issue exemptions and announces new radio telephony course
Apr24

BGA launches webinar, issue exemptions and announces new radio telephony course

In  bid to keep the gliding community engaged during the pandemic lockdown, the British Gliding Association (BGA) have been running a series of webinars over the last few weeks. The webinars commenced on 29 March with a presentation from Andy Perkins, the BGA’s chairman. The date was apposite as it also marked the 90th anniversary of the association. Andy explained that the BGA had introduced the webinars to keep their membership...

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Pen y Fan gets a surprise visitor
Apr15

Pen y Fan gets a surprise visitor

A friend of FTN, a Search & Rescue pilot, sent us this photo of his team atop Pen y Fan (the Brecon Beacons’ highest mountain). It’s a first for the SAR team based out of St Athan Airport, as although they have lifted plenty of people off the mountain in the past, this is the first time that they’ve managed to land their LDH189 on the peak as it’s usually packed with...

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UK Government issues advice on General Aviation operations
Apr15

UK Government issues advice on General Aviation operations

Through mid-March, as the number of coronavirus cases in the UK began to rise sharply, many General Aviation businesses began to introduce ‘social distancing’ measures. Some businesses chose to increase their hygiene measures, modify their operations or stop all dual instruction given that in the confines of a GA aircraft, maintaining a six foot separation between instructor and student is not possible. The closure of cafes and...

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2020 aviation events calendar takes a battering
Apr15

2020 aviation events calendar takes a battering

With social-distancing measures making public events an impossibility at the moment, many aviation shows, events and exhibitions have been forced to cancel. Some, however, have been suspended rather than written-off and so may yet take place at a later date this year. Here’s a round-up of what the current aviation events calendar looks like.    The big shows   Farnborough International Airshow – cancelled The largest...

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Grounded! Aviation faces its greatest peacetime crisis
Apr15

Grounded! Aviation faces its greatest peacetime crisis

There is now no doubt that measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic will include the longest ever grounding of Europe’s General Aviation (GA) fleet, in addition to the well-publicised suspension of virtually all airline operations. From mid-March onwards events moved quickly in Europe and by Friday 20 March most non-essential businesses had closed in the UK, adhering to government social-distancing advice, encapsulated by the phrase,...

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