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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United Airlines buys Flight School for Scholarship Programme
Feb27

United Airlines buys Flight School for Scholarship Programme

USA airline United Airlines has signed a purchase agreement to become the only major US carrier to own a flight training academy. United expects approximately 300 students to graduate from the United Aviate Academy in its first full year of operation. The flight training academy – currently operating as Westwind School of Aeronautics in Phoenix, Arizona – will be an extension of the airline’s Aviate program, a pilot development...

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Quantas Opens new Flight Academy, Announces Scholarships
Feb24

Quantas Opens new Flight Academy, Announces Scholarships

The new Pilot Academy in Toowoomba, close to Brisbane, Australia, will have the capacity to train up to 250 pilots each year. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, said: “Opening our new Pilot Academy is a historic moment for Qantas, for aviation in Australia and for the thousands of future pilots who will learn how to fly here in Toowoomba. Qantas Group pilots have a long-held reputation for being amongst the best in the world because of...

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First mentored APS MCC graduates join Ryanair
Feb06

First mentored APS MCC graduates join Ryanair

VA Airline Training (VA) has announced that all of their inaugural Ryanair Mentored Programme APS MCC graduates, who undertook Ryanair pilot selection, have been selected to join the airline. The successful graduates will be undertaking an upcoming B737 type rating. VA is the only Ryanair approved training provider in the UK for the Mentored APS MCC programme. VA pioneered the new EASA Airline Pilot Standards Multi-crew Cooperation...

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Aerobility raises record £101,000
Jan29

Aerobility raises record £101,000

British aviation charity Aerobility has raised £101,000 through a record-breaking auction. The auction took place on Saturday, 30th November at the Sofitel Heathrow T5 as part of one of the charity’s biggest annual fundraising event, the Aerobility Aviators’ Ball. The event brought together over 400 people from civilian and military aviation communities, as well as members of the charity, friends, family, supporters and members of the...

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British Man Becomes First to Qualify as an Airline Pilot with HIV
Jan27

British Man Becomes First to Qualify as an Airline Pilot with HIV

A British pilot with HIV has become the first to qualify as a commercial pilot and join an airline after battling to change the regulations governing the issue of a class 1 medical. James Bushe had always wanted to be an airline pilot, and after leaving university in 2009 he worked as a manager in the restaurant trade to earn the money to finance his training. In 2017 he was offered a place on an easyJet pilot training scheme, but at...

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