PPL training expected to resume from 12 April
Mar02

PPL training expected to resume from 12 April

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has today updated its guidance for the General Aviation community, detailing a three-stage phased return to GA flying. The key dates, aligned with wider pandemic lockdown recovery guidance, are 29 March, 12 April and 17 May. 29 March – Solo flying & flying with household/bubble members People will no longer be required to stay at home. This will allow the safe restart of GA flying for...

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CAA rejects airspace change proposals from London Oxford Airport and RAF Brize Norton
Feb11

CAA rejects airspace change proposals from London Oxford Airport and RAF Brize Norton

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed today that it has rejected applications for new complex bocks of airspace surrounding both London Oxford Airport (LOA) and RAF Brize Norton. According to the CAA, LOA’s Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) has been rejected on a number of grounds, including a lack of a compelling case for the creation of a Transponder Mandatory Zone (TMZ), which the CAA says was compounded by a...

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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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