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IATA record-breaking year of safety for global air transport
May03

IATA record-breaking year of safety for global air transport

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports 2023 to be one of the safest years for airline operations, with several parameters showing their best ever safety results. IATA confirms that there were no hull loses of fatal accidents involving passenger jet aircraft in 2023, although there was a single fatal accident in January 2023 when a Yeti Airlines ATR-72 turboprop crashed shortly after departure from Pokhara Airport...

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Airbus UpNext DragonFly Demonstrator enters final three months of testing phase
Jan24

Airbus UpNext DragonFly Demonstrator enters final three months of testing phase

Taking its inspiration from “the incredible vision and intelligent flight capabilities of the dragonfly,” the Airbus UpNext DragonFly demonstrator has now entered the final phase of testing. Inspired by the “wonderful, natural world” – in this case, the iridescent insect with characteristically large eyes – the DragonFly demonstrator is the latest Airbus design to take its cues from biologically-inspired engineering, or ‘biomimicry’....

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University of Birmingham flight safety researchers seek volunteers
Jan22

University of Birmingham flight safety researchers seek volunteers

Flight safety researchers at the University of Birmingham are looking for low-houred student pilots to participate in simulator-based sessions. As part of a series of experiments “designed to inform future aircraft design and future pilot education and training,” researchers are looking to recruit pilot volunteers aged 18 to 25.  Candidates must have also between five and 50 hours of Single Engine Piston (SEP) time. The sessions will...

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Upcoming GASCo Safety Evenings announced
Dec13

Upcoming GASCo Safety Evenings announced

The General Aviation Safety Council – GASCo – has announced a series of five Safety Evenings to be held in the opening months of the new year. The events are part of an annual programme, staged at flying clubs and venues across the UK, which aims to address current GA safety concerns. Although the format was forced to move online via a series of ‘webinars’ during the pandemic, it’s hoped the in-person events – to which guest speakers...

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Anatomy of an Infringement
Mar25

Anatomy of an Infringement

On the 5th March, the pilot of a light aircraft pleaded guilty in Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court to flying in Luton Airport’s controlled airspace without clearance from air traffic control. The pilot infringed Luton’s airspace several times in the same day during two different flights. The pilot’s actions led to four passenger aircraft and a business jet having to be given avoiding instructions by air traffic control....

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