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UK flight training regulatory charges rise by 7.7%
May14

UK flight training regulatory charges rise by 7.7%

The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) charging scheme for the financial year 2024/2025 came into effect in April. The headline figure for the flight training industry is a 7.7% increase across all CAA safety related charges which includes licensing charges for pilots and flying schools, revised down slightly from the 8.3% increase previously proposed. Details of the revised charges for pilots and flight schools are contained...

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AERO Friedrichshafen 2024 event round-up
Apr26

AERO Friedrichshafen 2024 event round-up

The 30th AERO Friedrichshafen will not only be remembered as an anniversary edition, but also as a trade fair with a particularly large number of innovations and premieres. With 31,500 visitors from 81 nations, the numbers were significantly higher than the previous year’s edition and the proportion of pilots among visitors increased once again. The AERO Drones, the AERO Gliding Expo and the AERO Career Days proved their worth....

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Results in for UK CAA cost-sharing flight advertising consultation
Apr23

Results in for UK CAA cost-sharing flight advertising consultation

The UK CAA has been running a consultation on potential changes to the advertising of cost sharing flight as part of a wider cost-sharing flight consultation, and judging by feedback received, pilots do not want to see new, more restrictive advertising regulations imposed. The UK CAA apparently wants to tighten cost sharing flight regulations in order to crack down on illegal charter flights (also known as ‘grey charter’), an...

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General aviation aircraft deliveries exceed 4000 in 2023
Apr16

General aviation aircraft deliveries exceed 4000 in 2023

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has released a report on general aviation aircraft sales for 2023 which show that for the first time in a decade, more than 4,000 aircraft were delivered. “For the first time in more than a decade, the general aviation manufacturing industry has eclipsed 4,000 aircraft delivered. In addition to this strong showing, there are robust and growing order backlogs for all segments of...

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Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) licencing fees up by 200%
Apr10

Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) licencing fees up by 200%

Flying Ireland has reported that licensing fees from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) are to increase by as much as 200% in certain areas from previous rate last set in 2015. The Irish aviation news outlet has analysed the IAA’s updated Schedule of Charges, specifically for Pilot Licensing, highlighting the original charges in the 2015 Fees Order versus the latest fees just published. Flying Ireland remarks that the new Schedule of...

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Claiming back VAT on flight training
Mar28

Claiming back VAT on flight training

What, you can claim back VAT on your flight training? You probably don’t believe it. You might be surprised to even read the title, particularly if you perused the article on this topic in a fairly recent report in Flight Training News. You may recall that it stated there, quite clearly, that flying students in the UK had to pay VAT on their commercial flight training, unlike our colleagues in mainland Europe. And, of course,...

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