Canada’s Flying Training Crisis – any lessons for the UK?
Jan05

Canada’s Flying Training Crisis – any lessons for the UK?

Steve Dickinson looks over an investigation into the state of Canada’s flight training industry and finds that some lessons are universal. It seems that the Canadian government is aware of a potential crisis in flight training capacity in the coming years, and has taken expert testimony in an attempt to understand the issues. While some of those issues are specific to Canada – its domestic regulation, its geography or its...

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A Change is Gonna Come
Dec27

A Change is Gonna Come

Secretary of State for Transport, pilot and aircraft owner, Grant Shapps MP: After many years of being largely ignored by central Government, and occasional neglect and disinterest bordering on hostility, the UK General Aviation (GA) sector – and the aviation training industry that operates within it – is being offered a vision of a brighter future and imminent practical measures to help GA, from the Government department...

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Talks Progress on Potential BMAA – LAA merger
Dec13

Talks Progress on Potential BMAA – LAA merger

Members of two of the UK’s largest general aviation associations, the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) and the Light Aircraft Association (LAA), are being asked to consider a potential merger. According to the LAA, the two associations began discussions of a merger earlier in the summer, following close collaboration on a possible ‘opt out’ of EASA regulations pertaining to the emerging 600kg light sport aircraft class,...

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ATPL Theoretical Knowledge – What is the Point
Nov30

ATPL Theoretical Knowledge – What is the Point

Is the content and delivery of the current EASA ATPL Theoretical Knowledge syllabus fit for purpose? It is a question asked by almost any student professional pilot commencing ‘ground school’ and faced with the daunting task of assimilating several thousand pages of knowledge across 14 subjects never before studied, and passing 14 written tests with a minimum 75% pass mark, all in as little as six months. It is probably true to say...

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Correction or Crash?
Nov01

Correction or Crash?

Gill Fowkes, manager of customer and partner school relations at Bristol Ground School, offers an insight into the current pilot recruitment market. There are several indicators that the pilot recruitment market in Europe may have reached a peak, but is this just a temporary setback or the start of a downturn? During the last few years, airlines have been recruiting at an unprecedented rate and industry conferences and forums have...

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Aer Lingus Leads Europe in Female Pilot Numbers
Oct19

Aer Lingus Leads Europe in Female Pilot Numbers

A survey by the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (IWSAP)has highlighted the widely varying percentages of female airline pilots between regions and individual airlines. Overall the picture appears to be one of slow progress: 116 airlines provided data for the survey, revealing that out of a total pilot population (for these airlines) of just over 185,000 pilots, around 9,400 were female, making an overall percentage just...

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