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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Airways Aviation group Acquires ESMA
Dec26

Airways Aviation group Acquires ESMA

The Airways Aviation Group has announced the acquisition of ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers de l’Aéronautique). Established in 1988 and located at Montpellier Mediterranean Airport, ESMA is the largest privately owned multidisciplinary aviation school in Europe. As an established EASA Authorised Training Organisation, ESMA offers a range of European certified courses including Airline Pilot (EASA ATP), Aircraft Maintenance, Cabin...

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2019 Liz Inwood Scholarship awarded
Dec15

2019 Liz Inwood Scholarship awarded

The popular Vintage Aircraft Club ‘Liz Inwood Taildragger Scholarship’ for 2019 has been awarded to John Hardie, a 30 year old pilot currently flying a Cessna 150 from Popham in Hampshire. The scholarship, named in memory of the late Tiger Moth pilot and flying instructor Liz Inwood, is funded by donations from the Vintage Aircraft Club, Light Aircraft Association and the Inwood estate. It is aimed at young pilots who wish to convert...

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Old Sarum Airfield Closes – for now…
Dec15

Old Sarum Airfield Closes – for now…

Following a long-running dispute over planning permission for a housing development, historic Old Sarum airfield near Salisbury closed in late October with the resident aircraft, including those of the ‘GoFly’ flying school, forced to re-locate to other airfields. Old Sarum is widely considered to be one of the most historic aerodromes in the UK (military flying training commenced here in 1917) and also one of the least-developed –...

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Cirrus Target Flight Training Market
Dec10

Cirrus Target Flight Training Market

Cirrus Aircraft have announced a new series of aircraft based on their successful SR models aimed specifically at the flight training market. The new line-up will be named the TRAC Series and will include flight training-specific features such as rear seat push-to-talk facility and a landing gear simulator aimed at increasing training productivity. “Our commitment to flight training goes far beyond innovation in aircraft design to...

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The Drones are Coming…
Oct24

The Drones are Coming…

According to Dame Deirdre Hutton, Chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, drone use is increasing exponentially and if the UK is to cope with increasing demands on its airspace infrastructure then a radical rethink is required, and it needs to happen quickly. ‘Share the Air’ was the title of the CAA’s conference at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s headquarters in London late last month. Given that the Authority’s senior board...

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