General aviation news archive for December 2011
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Merry Christmas from UKGA
22 Dec 11
We won't be providing a full news service over the Christmas holidays and so we'll be sending classified adverts only. Instead, we'd like to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
Allen & Rutan reunite for new space mission
15 Dec 11
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen announced today that he and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan have reunited to develop the next generation of space travel. Allen and Rutan, whose SpaceShipOne was the first privately-funded, manned rocket ship to fly beyond earth’s atmosphere, are developing a revolutionary air-launch system.
Act quickly to catch AFE's Post Free December offer
15 Dec 11
Shoppers need to act quickly to catch the last day of AFE's "Post Free December" offer, which ends on Friday 16th December 2011.
Transair call for last Christmas orders by 1pm on 22nd
15 Dec 11
Online shopping orders can still be placed with Transair up until 1pm on 22nd December for delivery in time for Christmas. There is also still time to enter Transair's December prize draw for an Nflight Cockpit Video Camera worth £299.
Cambridge Pilot Training College simulators receive CAA approval
15 Dec 11, Cambridge
New Cambridge Airport tenant, Pilot Training College (PTC), has confirmed CAA approval of its Boeing 737 simulator, with approval of its remaining professional pilot training courses expected shortly. The recent installation of the Boeing 737 NGW simulator in hangar one took eight weeks to complete.
Garmin obtains EASA Approval for GTN Touchscreen Avionics
14 Dec 11
Garmin has received EASA validation of the U.S. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its GTN 650 and GTN 750 series touchscreen avionics, making the products certified and approved for installation in hundreds of makes and models of European-registered general aviation aircraft.
Dynon announces new Skyview navigation data from PocketFMS
14 Dec 11
Dynon Avionics and PocketFMS have announced the availability of new worldwide AeroData for SkyView – including all airspace, airports, runways, frequencies, obstacles, and waypoints. Coverage encompasses Europe, North America (including Canada), Australia, and New Zealand.
BMAA half-price membership flies off the shelves
14 Dec 11
The British Microlight Aircraft Association's Young Person and Student memberships have been flying off the shelves - with more than 40 sold since their introduction in September 2011.
GA & military airprox incidents up
8 Dec 11
The number of airprox incidents involving GA & military aircraft rose in 2010, said the UK Airprox Board, the body charged with their investigation. There was better news for passenger aircraft though, which saw no rise over 2009.
Red Arrows cleared to return to the skies
8 Dec 11
The Red Arrows have been cleared to fly once again following the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham last month. An investigation into the circumstances of his death at RAF Scampton on Tuesday 8 November 2011 is still ongoing, but the Service Inquiry now has “sufficient technical and safety advice” to allow the Ministry of Defence to release all Hawk MkT1A aircraft back into service – including those of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team: The Red Arrows.
Cambridge Aero Club to take over GA movements at Cambridge Airport from January
8 Dec 11, Cambridge
Cambridge Aero Club is set to take over all of the handling of most private General Aviation and helicopters at Cambridge Airport from 2nd January 2012. GA flying is permissible at Cambridge between 0700 and 2100 from Monday to Friday, and 0800 to 1900 at weekends. Movements at other times can be arranged.
Sywell scoops 'Best General Aviation Airport' at 2011 AOA Awards
5 Dec 11, Northampton Sywell
Sywell Aerodrome has just been named 'Best General Aviation Airport' for 2011-12 by the Airport Operators Association (AOA) at their Annual Conference - marking the second occasion that Sywell has won the award.
de Havilland Owners to have Option of Permit to Fly
5 Dec 11
In April 2012, Duxford-based de Havilland Support Ltd (DHSL) will rescind the Type Certificates for all of its de Havilland aircraft types, and for the Scottish Aviation Bulldog, potentially releasing these aircraft into the alternative regime of Permit to Fly operation.
Carlisle Airport joins Strasser Scheme
5 Dec 11, Carlisle
Only five UK airports remain, out of the 212 approached, who have so far refused to join the potential life saving AOPA "Strasser Scheme", as recommended by the Civil Aviation Authority in their CAP 667 9.2(c).
Cessna launches single-engine aircraft safety education initiative
3 Dec 11
Cessna has launched a safety initiative to educate 100- and 200-series single-engine piston aircraft owners around the world about new supplemental aircraft inspection procedures that will be added to Cessna service manuals. The supplemental inspections cover Cessna single-engine piston aircraft produced between 1946 and 1986 when Cessna suspended production of piston aircraft.
Old Buck becomes new home of only FAA examiner in Europe, Middle East & Africa
1 Dec 11, Old Buckenham
Touchdown Aero Centre Ltd, operators of Old Buckenham, have announced that the airfield will become the new home of the only FAA examiner in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This is the latest development in the airfield's ambitious GA revival plans.
Cambridge has innovative 'GPS Approach' procedure validated
1 Dec 11, Cambridge
Cambridge Airport has become one of the first UK airports to introduce the new GPS-enabled (APV Baro RNAV Instrument Approach) procedure to supplement its existing SRA/ILS/NDB and modifiable PAPI facilities.
Latest changes to the UK aircraft register
1 Dec 11
A list of the latest de-registrations and additions to the UK register, from the CAA.
RAF completes safety upgrade following fatal Kenfig crash
1 Dec 11, St Athan
The RAF has completed a £2.8m safety upgrade to all its basic training aircraft well ahead of schedule, satisfying one of the key recommendations following a fatal mid-air crash over south Wales in February 2009.
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