Commercial flight training resumes in the UK
May17

Commercial flight training resumes in the UK

FTN has obtained updated advice from the Department for Transport on its return to flying guidance, following the news that at least one UK flight school is to shortly to recommence flight training for its commercial student pilots. On Friday 15 May 2020, the DfT confirmed in a statement that recreational flying could recommence subject to pilots observing social-distancing advice, but that this guidance precluded ‘dual’ flying...

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UK Government publishes return to flight guidance for GA
May15

UK Government publishes return to flight guidance for GA

Breaking news… Shortly after 12pm today (15 May 2020) UK government published an update on return to flight measures for the GA community. The update is available here Further updates to follow shortly.

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VA ‘BURSARY 24’ extended
Apr24

VA ‘BURSARY 24’ extended

Following the success of its ‘Bursary 24’ offer during March 2020, VA Airline Training has announced that an additional 24 £500 Bursaries will now be available throughout the months of April and May 2020. Pilots booking either a VA Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS MCC) course or a Ryanair Mentored APS MCC will receive a £500 bursary to secure the course for £6,400 including VAT instead of the regular £6,900 course...

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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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