DfT announces latest group of Aviation Ambassadors
Feb05

DfT announces latest group of Aviation Ambassadors

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has announced its latest line-up of Aviation Ambassadors for the period 2024-2026, comprising 10 volunteers who will work with the DfT to help deliver a “skilled, diverse and sustainable aviation workforce fit to seize the opportunities of the future”. The 10 Ambassadors will act as role models to raise the profile of the aviation sector, deliver enhanced outreach activities, and develop and...

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UK Government to extend transponder discount scheme a third time
Aug11

UK Government to extend transponder discount scheme a third time

A Department for Transport (DfT) rebate scheme designed to encourage adoption of Electronic Conspicuity (EC) see and avoid. devices, such as automatic dependant surveillance broadcast (ADSB-out), within general aviation (GA) and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) communities, has been extended for a third time. The joint venture between the CAA and DfT was first launched in October 2020 with the intention of increasing the number of...

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ACT NOW! – CAA advises urgent action on licence applications
Feb17

ACT NOW! – CAA advises urgent action on licence applications

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is urging EU-licensed pilots, engineers and aviation businesses operating in the UK to gain dual UK licences as quickly as possible, fearing that some may leave it too late to make an end of year deadline. Currently, the UK CAA is permitting EU licensed pilots to operate UK-registered aircraft (meanwhile the EU has decided not to reciprocate by recognising UK licences). However, this permission...

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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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Can socially-distanced flight training work?
Jun17

Can socially-distanced flight training work?

Although commercial pilot flight training recommenced at a number of Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) in the UK towards the end of May, at the time of writing, flying clubs and PPL schools remain in lockdown. The message from UK Government is that it is too early to restart all forms of flight training just yet, but there is a glimmer of hope that July could see some return to the skies for flying schools and clubs. As reported...

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