Post-Brexit Britain to adopt EU tax rise for AVGAS 
Dec16

Post-Brexit Britain to adopt EU tax rise for AVGAS 

During a debate on a post-Brexit taxation bill in UK parliament yesterday, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman MP, revealed that the duty rate on aviation gasoline (AVGAS) is due to increase next year. Addressing the House of Commons, Jesse Norman MP said: “The Bill introduces a small increase in the rate of duty on aviation gasoline, which will apply across the UK to ensure consistency between Great Britain and Northern...

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CAA to doctors and pilots: we’re watching you
Nov10

CAA to doctors and pilots: we’re watching you

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has written to Aeromedical Examiners (AMEs) advising that private pilots should not be undertaking medicals during the current lockdown except in a very small number of specific circumstances. Further, the letter says that the Authority is monitoring AME activity to: “identify cases where the applicant appears to have breached the current Government lockdown regulations” The e-mail from CAA Head of...

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Wycombe Air Park to reopen 01 August
Jul14

Wycombe Air Park to reopen 01 August

Wycombe Air Park (Booker), located in Buckinghamshire on the outskirts of London’s TMA, has been closed to all but resident aircraft since the coronavirus lockdown commenced in late March. Sean Brown, CEO of British European Aviation, the leaseholders of the airfield, has now confirmed exclusively to FTN that it will reopen fully from the beginning of August. FTN understands that one reason for the delay in reopening has been...

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Recreational flying training resumes in England, while devolved nations remain grounded
Jul09

Recreational flying training resumes in England, while devolved nations remain grounded

After an unprecedented three-month shutdown of the vast majority of the UK’s flight training industry, the long-awaited news that Government was changing its advice to the flying schools of the UK came at around midday on 26 June. The message from David Harding, (Department for Transport Deputy Director, General Aviation, Skills, Safety and CAA Division), to General Aviation associations was succinct and to the point: “I can confirm...

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Online classrooms set to stay?
Jul09

Online classrooms set to stay?

Bristol Groundschool (BGS) says that it is adapting its teaching style during lockdown to include online and recorded video lessons. This enables it to offer a distance learning solution to both new and current students studying at home via their laptops and tablets. Their distance learning suite now includes: A content generation and management training system Their online question bank – bgsonline Live webinars and recordings, all...

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EASA grants first type certification for electric trainer
Jul09

EASA grants first type certification for electric trainer

During June, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency announced the certification of an electric airplane, the Pipistrel Velis Electro, the first type certification worldwide of a fully electric aircraft, which the Agency claims is an important milestone in the quest for environmentally sustainable aviation. “This is an exciting breakthrough,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. “This is the first electric aircraft EASA has...

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