General aviation news archive for May 2011
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GASIL to reappear in the pages of Flight Safety magazine
31 May 11
The CAA's GA Safety Information Leaflets (GASIL) are to reappear this summer within the covers of Flight Safety, the quarterly magazine of the General Aviation Safety Council (GASCo). The move follows a trial period in which GASIL were only available online.
Flight training rule change for gyroplanes
31 May 11
The CAA has announced that ab initio flight training on gyroplanes will be restricted to type approved versions only. Previously the CAA allowed flying training to be undertaken on amateur built gyroplanes but no new permissions for flight training will be granted on homebuild gyroplanes.
First European Skycatcher to arrive in the UK this August
26 May 11
UK pilots will be able to see the first Cessna Skycatcher in Europe from 13th August 2011 at Coventry Airport, when Patriot Aviation is set to receive the first aircraft for viewing and demonstration flights.
US jury says Cirrus not to blame for fatal crash
26 May 11
After a four-week trial and and a short period of deliberation, a jury of four men and two women in New York found that Cirrus Design Corporation’s SR20 aircraft did not cause the 2006 fatal accident that claimed the lives of New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and certified flight instructor Tyler Stanger.
Aviation Exhibition & Red Arrows confirmed for Festival of Speed
26 May 11, Chichester Goodwood
The Red Arrows will be providing a thrilling flying display every day during this year's Festival of Speed at Goodwood (30th June- 3rd July), which will also see the return of the popular Aviation Exhibition. Those attending UKGA's "Tea & Cakes" Summer Fly-in at Leicester on 4th June 2011 will get the chance to enter a raffle to win one of five pairs of tickets for the Saturday of this event - worth £53 per ticket.
Enstone Airfield urgently needs your help
26 May 11, Enstone
Enstone Airfield has revealed that its future is under threat following a planning application that, if successful, would permanently close the hard and grass runways at the airfield. Airfield manager Paul Fowler is calling for all UK GA pilots to offer their support to help secure the future of the airfield by sending an email of objection to the local planning department.
Father and son team plan round-the-world Spitfire Challenge
26 May 11
A British father and his son are planning to fly around the world together in a bid to raise funds for the International Children's Heart Foundation. GA pilot Justin Collins and his son Thomas plan to leave England in May 2012 in a Spitfire for their 30,000 mile adventure around the world. They hope to raise money and awareness of the charity that helped save Thomas's life.
Biggin Hill becomes 206th UK airport to join the AOPA Strasser Scheme
26 May 11, Biggin Hill
Biggin Hill has become the 206th UK airport to join the potentially life-saving AOPA "Strasser Scheme", in which all member airports agree to waive fees for GA pilots who need to make a genuine emergency or precautionary diversion landing at their airfield.
REMOS introduces new GX NXT model
24 May 11
REMOS, manufacturers of Light Sport Aircraft, are set to debut their new model GX NXT at EAA AirVenture 2011 (Oshkosh, 25-31 July 2011), with a base price that is far lower than the existing GX Aviator II.
Solar-powered craft completes first international flight
19 May 11
Solar Impulse, a fully solar-powered aeroplane, has successfully completed its first international flight. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have moved a step closer to achieving their ultimate goal: of circumnavigating the Earth, non-stop, in the solar-powered craft.
Cessna Citation CJ4 gains EASA Certification
18 May 11
Cessna's Citation CJ4 business jet has gained type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The Citation CJ4 is the newest and largest member of the popular CJ family of business jets, which also includes the CJ2+ and CJ3.
Human-powered helicopter takes flight
18 May 11
A team of more than 50 students from the University of Maryland's engineering school made history on 12 May when their human-powered helicopter, the 'Gamera', succeeded in taking flight.
Future of Diamond Aircraft uncertain after loan is refused
18 May 11
The future of Diamond Aircraft is hanging in the balance after the company had its request for a $35-million loan denied by Canada's newly-elected federal Conservatives.
EASA certifies ‘night VFR operation’ for Tecnam P2002 analogue cockpit aeroplane
17 May 11
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued Major Change Approval number 10034907, certifying ‘night VFR operation’ for use in analogue versions of both Tecnam P2002JF and Tecnam P2002JR aeroplanes. This major change approval follows on from EASA's recent approval of the 'VFR night package' for Garmin 500 (G500)-equipped Tecnam P2002JFs.
Welsh Spitfire Museum to open at Haverfordwest
16 May 11, Haverfordwest
A temporary aviation museum housing a Spitfire will be officially opened on Friday 27th May 2011 by Margaret Frost, who during WWII flew many types of aircraft in her role as an Air Transport Auxiliary Pilot.
Latest changes to the UK aircraft register
13 May 11
A list of April 2011's de-registrations and additions to the UK register, from the CAA .
France's only GA show just 4 weeks away
13 May 11
France's only general aviation show, the Fifth Annual Cannes Airshow, will take place at Aéroport International de Cannes-Mandelieu (LFMD) from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th June - and will feature a European exclusive at Aeromecanic's stand: presenting the first C162 Skycatcher to visitors.
Belite Electronics to launch water Vs fuel detection technology
13 May 11
Belite Electronics has announced a new, patent-pending technology that can detect water in the fuel tank or fuel line. Using a small probe, their new technology discriminates between water and fuel and provides an alarm signal to the pilot when water is detected.
Aircraft Spruce creates Cozy builder support team
11 May 11
Aircraft Spruce has now created a builder support team for the Cozy Mark IV homebuilt aircraft they have owned the design rights to since 2004. Aircraft Spruce already sells plans and kits to homebuilders worldwide for Nat Puffer's Cozy MK IV plane, but now they will also be able to offer technical builder support thanks to a collaboration with experienced builder Marc Zeitlin.
Dynon announced Skyview Version 3.1 with flight planning
11 May 11
Dynon Avionics has launched Version 3.1 firmware for the SkyView Integrated Glass Panel system, which adds a flight planning element. The new version adds a flight planning menu and controls so that pilots can create flight plans with multiple waypoints directly on their SkyView display, which can include autopilot input commands.
Replica Biggles Biplane flies again after six years
11 May 11, Northampton Sywell
A replica of the Biggles Biplane took off from Sywell Aerodrome on Tuesday 10th May for its first flight after six years of restoration work. Flown, crashed and stored for 25 years in the USA, it has been a long journey to return the plane to the UK and restore it to its former glory.
Vulcan hopes to become long-term tenant at Robin Hood Airport
11 May 11, Doncaster
XH558 has now been moved indoors into Hangar 3 at Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster Sheffield, which looks set to become its long-term home. With a few small maintenance tasks to perform after last week's flight, the engineering team led by Kevin 'Taff' Stone, connected up a tug on Tuesday and pulled XH558 into the hangar to try it for size and seek out some much-needed shelter from the sun.
Piston aircraft sales up in otherwise difficult time for GA
10 May 11
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today released the industry’s shipment and billings figures for the first quarter, revealing that the total GA aeroplane shipments fell 4.6 percent, from 390 units in 2010 to 372 units this year. Billings for general aviation aeroplanes totalled $3.7 billion in the first three months, down nearly 20 percent.
Micro AeroDynamics exhibits performance-enhancing Vortex Generators
10 May 11
Micro AeroDynamics will be exhibiting for the first time at AviationExpo Europe this year, which takes place at Bitburg from 27-29th May 2011. The US-based company makes Micro Vortex Generators for single and twin engine airplanes: small aluminum blades placed in a span wise line aft of the leading edge of the wing and tail surfaces. They control airflow over the upper surface of the wing by creating vortices that energise the boundary layer. This results in improved performance and control authority at low airspeeds and high angles of attack.
CAA announces changes to airspace in Cotswolds region
10 May 11, Lyneham
The CAA has announced a change in airspace arrangements in the Cotswold region ahead of the discontinuation of daily flying operations from RAF Lyneham on 30 September 2011.
Coventry opens the doors to its unique DC6 Diner
6 May 11, Coventry
Airbase, the living aviation museum in Coventry, has now opened the doors of its unique new DC6 Diner, offering a wide choice of refreshments, including lunches and evening meals, for those visiting the airport. Airbase is home to more than 20 irreplaceable classic aircraft, and the new licensed diner is housed in one of them: the converted DC6 G-SIXC aircraft. It offers a unique setting for lunch or dinner, sating up to 40 guests, who can view a range of world-famous, iconic aircraft from their restaurant seat.
CAA and LAA launch new flight testing course
5 May 11, Turweston
The CAA and the LAA have joined forces to launch a new training course to create a new generation of pilots able to undertake the flight testing of civilian aircraft. This unique, five-day Light Aircraft Flight Test course, delivered by current and former CAA and LAA personnel, aims to address a growing demand for such training. The first course will run during the week of 6th June 2011 at Turweston aerodrome near Brackley in Northamptonshire.
CAA calls for nominations for 2011 GA Safety Award
4 May 11
The CAA is now calling for nominations for its annual General Aviation Safety Award, which highlights the lasting contributions of individuals and teams to GA flight safety. Whether it involves a one-off incident, or a lifetime of campaigning work, the CAA is keen to receive nominations and give credit where it is due.
Wicks offers colourful new pitot tube covers and nacelle streamers
3 May 11
As part of a drive to expand its product range for GA aircraft owners, Wicks Aircraft Supply is now offering a new line of colourful, durable covers for pitot tubes and nacelle plug streamers to fit most single and twin engine aircraft models.
Robinson R66 to debut at AviationExpo Europe
3 May 11
Heli-Flight will be exhibiting their new Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter in Germany this May at AviationExpo Europe - a private or business helicopter with a newly-developed turbine engine for increased performance.
Cessna marks 20th anniversary of CitationJet's first flight
2 May 11
The Cessna Aircraft Company this week observed the 20th anniversary of the maiden flight of the CitationJet prototype. On 29th April 1991, pilots Bob Leonard and Bob Carnahan took off from Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, reached an altitude of 10,000 feet, and checked handling and trim characteristics, engine response and other features.
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