General aviation news archive for November 2011
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The Flying Club Kemble suspends all trading
23 Nov 11, Kemble
The Flying Club Kemble (PropStar Flight Training Ltd) – not to be confused with the Kemble Flying Club – has suspended all trading following "a number of material changes" which have rendered the business unsustainable.
GA Safety Partnership launched
23 Nov 11
A new initiative has been set up to address general aviation safety issues in the UK, instigated by the CAA along with the leading general aviation and sports and recreational membership associations.
Flying Show to take over NEC's Hall 12 this weekend
22 Nov 11
This weekend sees The Flying Show take over Hall 12 of the NEC venue in Birmingham, showcasing the entire spectrum of lightweight sport flying.
Air Safari offers UK pilots winter flying trip Down Under
17 Nov 11
For pilots eager to pack in some flying adventures before the British weather brightens up, Air Safari's 16-day SE Australian Adventurer trip takes off in February 2012 -- and there is still time to sign up. Focusing on Tasmania and south eastern Australia, the tour packs in 40 hours of flying over a variety of spectacular landscapes. Highlights include four nights in Tasmania; a two-night ranch stay in the eastern Outback; a Sydney harbour scenic flight at 500 feet; and scenery including the Great Ocean Road and the highest mountains in Australia.
Bell becomes first rotorcraft manufacturer to join GAMA
17 Nov 11
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced this week that its Board of Directors has voted to expand the Association’s membership to include rotorcraft manufacturers, and will accept one of the world’s leading companies, Bell Helicopter, as the first GAMA member from this GA sector.
Medrar Financial acquires majority interest of Diamond Aircraft
17 Nov 11
Dubai-based Medrar Financial Group has acquired a majority interest of Diamond Aircraft Holdings, Canada, covering Diamond Aircraft's range of gasoline powered piston aircrafts and the revolutionary D-JET programme.
Cirrus bucks industry trend by expanding its global customer base
17 Nov 11
Cirrus says it manufactured more aircraft during 2011’s third quarter than during the same period in 2010, in contrast to overall industry trends. The company says this is largely due to its efficiency in manufacturing, and the fact they believe they produce the highest quality general aviation aircraft ever.
File a Flight Plan Day proves a success
17 Nov 11
The recent 'File a Flight Plan Day', which took place on 12th November 2011, saw nearly 800 test flight plans filed by pilots as part of a practice day in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
Jeppesen launches online training programme featuring Garmin G1000
9 Nov 11
Jeppesen has introduced a new web-based training program featuring Garmin G1000 avionics systems for complete VFR and IFR flying procedure learning. The new online programme features three Garmin G1000 training courses, including visual flight rules (VFR) procedures, instrument flight rules (IFR) procedures, and VFR/IFR procedures – all designed to simplify training for current and student pilots.
Ready to file a flight plan?
9 Nov 11
File a Flight Plan Day takes place this Saturday, 12th November, between 10am and 3pm, aiming to get as many GA pilots as possible filing test flight plans ahead of next year’s London 2012 Olympics. Pilots wishing to fly though the Restricted Zone, being put in place over the capital and surrounding areas during the Games next year, will need to file an accepted flight plan with air traffic controllers before they can take to the skies.
RAF grounds jets following Red Arrows accident
9 Nov 11
Following the tragic accident at RAF Scampton on Tuesday that killed a Red Arrows pilot, the RAF has called a stop to all non-essential flying of fast jets equipped with a specific type of ejector seat.
AeroExpo UK 2012 to host Women In Aviation Regional Conference
8 Nov 11, Northampton Sywell
AeroExpo UK has announced that it will host the Women in Aviation Regional Conference as part of its annual event at Sywell Aerodrome on 25-27 May 2012. Women in Aviation have been part of AeroExpo as exhibitors for the past two years, and have chosen the 2012 event to host their regional conference - including a full programme of seminars on the Friday.
Turweston announces four free landing Sundays to end the flying year
7 Nov 11, Turweston
Turweston Airfield has announced that it is offering free landings on four Sundays starting from 20th November 2011. With daylight hours getting shorter, Turweston's central location in the heart of the country enables aircraft to visit from all directions within a relatively short flight from home - and their free landing days will offer even more incentive for pilots to visit on Sunday 20th November, 27th November, 4th December and 11th December 2011.
Decline in GA shipments and billings slows down
7 Nov 11
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has revealed that worldwide deliveries of general aviation aircraft in the first nine months of 2011 dropped 9.8%, compared to the same period last year, to a total of 1,227 units. Industry billings fell 10.2 percent, from $13.5 billion to $12.1 billion.
Chiltern Park announces Olympic offer for London pilots
7 Nov 11
Chiltern Park Aerodrome has announced a special offer to pilots and flying schools during the Olympic Games restrictions.
CAA approves temporary airspace change for London 2012 Olympics
4 Nov 11
The CAA today approved the temporary changes to controlled airspace in areas to the South West, South East and North East of the busy London Terminal Control Area during the London 2012 Olympics -- when there is expected to be a significant amount of additional air traffic movements. The CAA says these changes will help ensure the safety of airspace users during the Olympic period from 16 July to 15 August 2012.
MoD delivers more airspace for GA on east coast
4 Nov 11
More airspace will be made available for general aviation flying following a Ministry of Defence decision on the use of its Air Weapons Ranges, according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). From 1 November 2011, airspace restrictions designed to protect aircraft from munitions demolition work on Air Weapons Ranges, outside of the Danger Area activity operating hours, are no longer required by the MoD. The decision frees up airspace from surface level to 5,000 feet AMSL at favourable times for general aviation flying, such as weekends.
Old Buckenham to help pilots avoid Olympic Restrictions
3 Nov 11, Old Buckenham
Old Buckenham Airfield, recently saved from closure, has announced an innovative offer to pilots who will face a month of severe restrictions during the Olympic Games. For a six week period, incorporating a week before and after the restrictions, the airfield is offering parking and hangarage from £100, along with reduced landing fees, use of club facilities, and other concierge services.
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