General aviation news archive for April 2011
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CEO to leave LAA
28 Apr 11
The LAA has announced that their CEO Peter Harvey will be leaving the Association to pursue his career elsewhere. The LAA's Chairman and Vice-Chairmen have reluctantly accepted his decision and will soon be embarking on the search for a replacement to fill his position. Peter has been with LAA since 2008 and has helped in the transition from PFA to LAA.
Plymouth City Airport set to close
28 Apr 11, Plymouth City
Today the Sutton Harbour Group, which owns Plymouth City Airport, has announced that it intends to cease the operation of the airport by the end of 2011. Plymouth City Airport has been loss making for a lengthy period of time and the Board has concluded there is no realistic prospect of trade improving in the near future.
Survey to measure real impact of Olympic airspace restrictions
28 Apr 11
AOPA has teamed up with other General Aviation groups to launch a survey which will collate information to quantify the effect of the proposed restrictions on the use of airspace for the period of the Olympics.
Denmark exposed as most expensive country to be a GA pilot
27 Apr 11
Denmark has emerged as the most expensive country in the world for general aviation pilots, following a comparative study of global aviation fees undertaken by AOPA Sweden.
Canadian pilot makes hair-raising emergency road landing
27 Apr 11
The pilot of a four-seater Cessna aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on busy Highway 10 near Montreal in Canada on Monday due to mechanical problems.
UKGA announces Tea & Cakes Summer Fly-in
21 Apr 11, Leicester
UKGA this week announced a Tea & Cakes Summer Fly-in, open to all UKGA members, which will take place at Leicester Airport on 4 June 2011. The event will offer a chance to meet up with UKGA friends old and new, meet the UKGA team, suggest new site features, and talk planes. There will also be prizes, giveaways and competitions – plus the all-important free tea and cakes!
CAA announce policy change for orphan aircraft
21 Apr 11
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a change to the policy regarding 'orphan' aircraft, which will result in fleets of aircraft of the same type having mixed certification, with some on a CofA and others a PtoF – according to the wishes of individual aircraft owners.
Win a flight in a formation with a Spirfire
21 Apr 11, Kemble
Gloucestershire-based aviation charity fly2help has joined forces with the breathtaking RV8tors Display Team to spread the word about the charity at air shows across the country - and to run an exciting new competition to help raise funds.
Bitburg warm-up event organised by Round Britain 2012 and AviationExpo Europe
21 Apr 11, Lydd
Round Britain 2012 and AviationExpo Europe today announced that they will be teaming up to host a special event for pilots to get a headstart in their preparations for Round Britain 2012 (RB12), while at the same time visiting AviationExpo Europe.
Helitech conference to showcase rotary wing safety and greener technology
21 Apr 11, Duxford
The latest European safety requirements for helicopter operators will come under the spotlight at this year's Helitech conference alongside other key issues such as greener helicopter development and the servicing of wind farms.
Bristol hot-air balloon manufacturer celebrates 40th birthday
18 Apr 11
Bristol-based hot-air balloon manufacturer Cameron Balloons this month celebrates its 40th birthday. Don Cameron built his first balloon in 1966, but it was a further five years before he incorporated the business that has grown into the largest hot-air balloon manufacturer in the world.
Vulcan viewing gallery opens on Good Friday
18 Apr 11, Doncaster Sheffield
Following XH558's arrival at Robin Hood Airport a fortnight ago, Vulcan To The Sky has been busy preparing for an Easter public viewing from a gallery within the terminal building.
Pilatus: best sales ever and new GA aircraft planned for 2012
17 Apr 11
Aircraft manufacturer Pilatus has revealed that it generated its highest ever sales revenue and operating income in 2010, and also delivered its 1000th PC-12 in the middle of the year – representing two impressive new records for the company.
Monarch Airlines announces need for more CTC Wings pilots
15 Apr 11
Monarch Airlines has announced a requirement for more CTC Wings pilots at the recent CTC Wings Open Day. CTC trains airline pilots and Monarch is one of their longest-standing partners, recruiting pilots through the programme since 1996.
Filton Airport to close
14 Apr 11, Filton
BAE Systems has announced that it is to close Filton Airport, at the end of next year. Operators based at the site include the Western Counties Air Operations Unit, flight training school Aeros, and the non-profit Bristol Aero Club.
New beyerdynamic headset combines feedback and feedforward ANR
12 Apr 11
German audio company beyerdynamic has set a new benchmark for aviation headsets with its new HS 800 Digital, which combines the advantages of feedback and feedforward ANR for the first time in a digital system.
New accommodation venture at Maypole Airfield
11 Apr 11, Maypole
Inspired by Ruth Watson's commercial ideas on Channel 4's County House Rescue, the owners of Maypole Farm Airfield in Kent are planning to offer high quality tented accommodation for visiting pilots.
New Teledyne Alphabeam LED light lasts lifetime of aircraft
8 Apr 11
Aircraft Spruce is now stocking the new AlphaBeam LED landing and taxi light, which will last the lifetime of your aircraft. The FAA-PMA-approved light has a significantly longer life than traditional incandescent bulbs with a rated life of 5000 aircraft hours.
New 3D imaging reveals sunken Dornier 17 is still intact
8 Apr 11
New images have been released of the Dornier 17 German warplane which crashed and sank off the Kent coast on 26 August 1940, revealing that the plane is still intact.
Pilot oil and fuel spillage kit launched
6 Apr 11
A new kit containing items to deal with oil or fuel spillages is now available from Transair, packaged up in a high visibility shoulder bag with strap and double pull zip.
Transform your iPad or smartphone into a precise nav system
5 Apr 11
The GNS 5870 MFI GPS, which can transform your iPad, iPhone or iPod into a fast and precise navigation system, is amongst Transair's new products for Spring 2011.
Cessna takes orders for 30 aircraft at Florida's Sun 'n Fun
5 Apr 11
Cessna Aircraft revealed today that it secured orders for 30 aircraft at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo that ended on Sunday in Lakeland, Florida.
Latest changes to the UK aircraft register
4 Apr 11
Additions to the UK register and de-registrations during March 2011.
Vulcan returns to Doncaster with plans for visitor centre
4 Apr 11, Doncaster
The last flying Vulcan touched down at Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport last Tuesday, and is due to spend the summer there -- with the possibility of a much more extended stay.
Under-wing camping introduced at AeroExpo UK 2011
4 Apr 11, Northampton Sywell
Camping will be available for the first time at this year's AeroExpo UK at Sywell on the weekend of 17-19 June 2011.
Jeppesen offers 50% off nav data subscription
1 Apr 11
Following on from our earlier news story (22 March) announcing that Jeppesen and Dynon Avionics have teamed up to provide Jeppesen NavData and obstacle services for the Dynon Avionics SkyView, Jeppesen has now revealed that it is offering 50% off the regular annual subscription price for Dynon customers.
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