Gloucestershire Airport ATC overhaul and sale update
Apr12

Gloucestershire Airport ATC overhaul and sale update

Gloucestershire Airport is planning a £500,000 refurbishment of its ATC facilities over the coming months to help it keep its number one slot as the UK’s busiest general aviation airport. The current ATC tower facilities are apparently in need of some refurbishment, including a general rewire, upgraded comms system and new desk suite. As Gloucester is also a MET reporting station, the airport management are also upgrading its...

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Cranfield announces new radar and withdraws ILS
Mar07

Cranfield announces new radar and withdraws ILS

Cranfield Airport has announced that it is constructing a new radar at the Bedfordshire airport, which will be the first on-site radar facility in 30 years. The radar from Easat Radar Systems Limited is part of a range of planned upgrades to the airport’s technical capabilities, to enhance operations and support the aviation research that takes place at Cranfield University. The airport management team says that construction of the...

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Busy UK airfield to be sold by local council
Jan23

Busy UK airfield to be sold by local council

One of the UK’s busiest general aviation (GA) airports is being put up for sale after the two councils that own it confirmed their intention to sell. Gloucestershire Airport is being put up for sale by Cheltenham Borough and Gloucester City Councils, who say they “are seeking new investment for the airport and are expected to instruct advisors to bring it to market in the near future”. Commenting on the announcement, airport director...

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Open for business: Leeds East Airport RNP GNSS to be activated
Aug08

Open for business: Leeds East Airport RNP GNSS to be activated

Leeds East Airport invests in a required navigation performance (RNP) global navigation satellite system (GNSS) instrument approach. The RNP GNSS system is due to be activated on 10 August following approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The new instrument approach will enhance operations at the privately owned airport, which is the former Royal Air Force Church Fenton base, boasting a 1,800m runway and a newly built fixed...

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From the Flightdeck – James McBride
Apr15

From the Flightdeck – James McBride

Carrier Landings – part I I was born too late. In fact, they said that about my father as well, so perhaps it runs in the family. For different reasons. In his case he had all the manners and gentility of an Edwardian Gentleman* – he even wore a cravat. Imagine that, a Cravat?! I mean back in the 1960s that was really something… I don’t know anyone else who wore a cravat in the 60s… well, apart from Mick Jagger, but I would...

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