Battening down the hatches – Tad Higher
Apr15

Battening down the hatches – Tad Higher

In the world outside Sinking-in-the-Marsh organ transplants are still taking place. The teams of surgeons, the patients and the life-giving organs still have to travel long distances for lives to be saved. Social distancing, keeping clean and the increased demand on our NHS, add to the workload already required of pilots, handling staff and ambulance crews. Not type rated, I can’t be one of them, but Mark, Eraticus, Maximus, Coleridge...

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SOLI, we’re leaving – UK to leave EASA, Government confirms
Mar16

SOLI, we’re leaving – UK to leave EASA, Government confirms

Transport Minister Grant Shapps has confirmed that the UK is to terminate is membership with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). During an interview given in Washington DC on 06 March, Shapps told US news outlet Aviation Week, “We will leave EASA. The powers will revert to the CAA, who are probably one of the world’s leading regulators and the expertise will need to come home to do that, but we’ll do it in a gradual...

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Life as a Pilot
Feb16

Life as a Pilot

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2Excel Enters Corporate Partnership with the Air League
Feb06

2Excel Enters Corporate Partnership with the Air League

2Excel, the aviation services company, has announced a corporate partnership with the Air League, the leading aviation and aerospace charity which focuses on changing lives through aviation. The charity’s core purpose is to inspire people from all backgrounds into the aviation industry and to champion British aviation and aerospace. Each year many hundreds of aspiring young people benefit from Air League support to help them start a...

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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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