General aviation news archive for June 2011
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Cirrus completes merger with China Aviation
28 Jun 11
Cirrus Aircraft and the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA) today announced that the two companies have completed their merger, creating a worldwide general aviation enterprise.
Beringer introduces Nosewheel Solution for Van’s RV-10
28 Jun 11
Beringer, specialists in high-performance light aircraft brakes and wheels, has announced a new nosewheel and axle kit for the popular Van’s RV-10. The kit provides a solution for builders who have long struggled with the set-up of the nose wheel, which in its original configuration often seems to result in either too-tight or too-loose fitting, resulting in poor ground handling or excess wear.
XH558 to display at Festival of Speed on Sunday
27 Jun 11, Waddington
XH558 is now booked to depart RAF Waddington on Sunday to visit Goodwood for a display at The Festival of Speed just after lunchtime.
Jersey Air Traffic Flow plans spark GA outcry
27 Jun 11, Jersey
Plans by Jersey's Air Traffic Services (ATS) to implement an Air Traffic Management Plan to cater for peak summer air traffic levels have sparked a controversy within the GA community. The plans will restrict GA traffic by requiring VFR (Visual Flight Rules) aircraft to get pre-booked special permission (PPR) to enter the Channel Island Control Zone (CICZ) - despite the fact that ATC already automatically receive all the required information from a Flight Plan, which is mandatory for all aircraft.
New Pig Product line added to Aircraft Spruce
27 Jun 11
Aircraft Spruce is now stocking the New Pig product line, which is designed to deal with hazardous liquid spills.
World’s first serial hybrid electric aircraft unveiled
23 Jun 11
Diamond Aircraft in conjunction with Siemens, Austro Engine and EADS have unveiled the world’s first aircraft with a serial hybrid electric drive system at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget (22-26 June 2011). The two-seater motor glider was built by the four partners to test the hybrid electric drive concept, and successfully completed its maiden flight on 8th June at Austria's Wiener Neustadt airfield in Vienna.
'Barefoot Bandit' pleads guilty to crimes - including stealing planes
23 Jun 11
Following a two-year crime spree, Colton Harris-Moore - dubbed the 'Barefoot Bandit' - faces up to six years in prison after pleading guilty in Seattle to seven criminal offences, including stealing aircraft and possessing a firearm.
Missed the Vulcan display at Kemble? Watch it on YouTube
22 Jun 11, Kemble
For those who missed Saturday's Vulcan XH558 display at Kemble, Vulcan club member Paul Cooper has uploaded a video of the entire display on YouTube.
Could you be the new face of Garmin?
22 Jun 11
Global satellite navigation leader Garmin has today launched a competition to find the new face of the company's next aviation advertising campaign. Garmin hopes to find one European pilot to feature in the adverts, and whoever wins will be given an Aera 550 GPS and will be treated to a professional photoshoot with their plane before seeing themselves in both print and online advertising across Europe.
LEA and RotorMotion launch ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’
22 Jun 11
Rival operators of private jets and helicopters are set to battle for supremacy again, but this time not in the skies – on a polo field. Teams from London Executive Aviation (LEA), one of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators, and top helicopter charter business RotorMotion, will be playing each other in the first ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club in Surrey on Saturday 20th August 2011.
3rd Dorset Plane Pull set for August Bank Holiday
21 Jun 11, Bournemouth
Following on from the success of last year's charity Dorset Plane Pull, the event is set to return this year on Bank Holiday Monday (29 August) at Bournemouth Airport.
Garmin and Jeppesen launch affordable 'bundled' database pricing
21 Jun 11
Today Garmin and Jeppesen announced the launch of PilotPak, a brand new 'bundle' pricing structure for aviation databases on select Garmin panel mount avionics. PilotPak provides GA pilots with a more affordable 'single aircraft' pricing structure, and simplifies the database purchase process by offering a one-stop shop experience.
Wicks takes on new fluid control products for home-built aircraft
17 Jun 11
Wicks Aircraft Supply has teamed up with an established high performance plumbing fixture company to expand their list of fluid control products for homebuilders.
First CAA-LAA Flight Test Course hailed a huge success
17 Jun 11, Turweston
Participants on the first week-long Flight Test Course, run jointly by the CAA and the LAA, have hailed it a ‘huge success’. The first set of students gave very positive feedback on Friday 10 June at the end of their week-long programme, which took place at Turweston aerodrome near Brackley.
Biggles Biplane set to make public debut at AeroExpo this weekend
15 Jun 11, Northampton Sywell
The reproduction 1914 BE-2c ‘Biggles Biplane’ is set to make its debut public appearance this weekend at the AeroExpo event (17-19 June) at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire -- along with another WW1 icon: the Fokker DR-1 triplane.
CAA approves new segregated airspace for unmanned aircraft
15 Jun 11, Aberporth
The CAA has approved a request from the Welsh Government to establish additional segregated airspace in the vicinity of West Wales Airport and the area to its east. This new segregated airspace will be for the exclusive use of unmanned aircraft carrying out flying operations from the West Wales Airport/Parc Aberporth Unmanned Aircraft facility. The new airspace, designated as Danger Areas by the CAA, will only be activated when unmanned aircraft flying is scheduled.
New "Intelligent" portable solar charger arrives in UK
15 Jun 11
For pilots storing their aircraft away from a power source, a new "intelligent" portable solar charger from Deltran has hit the UK market. The company has taken the latest solar panel technology and integrated it into an intelligent battery charger to create the world's first intelligent solar battery charger.
BA to speak at next CTC Open Day
14 Jun 11
Airline pilot training programme CTC has revealed that British Airways’ Manager of Pilot Recruitment, Lindsay Craig, will be the guest speaker at their next open day on 9th July 2011. Visitors will be able to test their skills on the simulators; hear about employment opportunities within the industry; discuss funding options; talk to CTC's team about the different stages of training; and take a tour of the training facilities.
Special UKGA rate at Festival of Speed
14 Jun 11
Goodwood has teamed up with UKGA to offer members a special entry price to the Festival of Speed on Thursday 30th June 2011. UKGA members can enjoy a discounted entry fee of £50 per person to fly in to the historic wartime airfield; enjoy refreshments on arrival; explore all the attractions of the Festival of Speed; and see the various aircraft on display at the Aviation Exhibition, which has become an integral part of the Festival.
Countdown to pilot licensing switchover begins
13 Jun 11
The CAA has started contacting all UK pilots with details of the EU legislation that will bring in a new Europe-wide flight crew licensing regime in April 2012. The move will see the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) become responsible for standardising pilot licensing across the EU, while national authorities such as the CAA will continue to issue licences to pilots -- but in accordance with the new European rules.
HeliDays 2011 cancelled, says Bristol Evening Post
13 Jun 11
This year’s HeliDays, a unique helicopter fly-in event in Weston-super-Mare, is reported to have been cancelled after failing to attract sponsors. A news story in the Bristol Evening Post on Friday 10 June says that the event's organisers have been unable to attract funding for the three-day event after losing a much-needed grant from the local town council.
AeroExpo UK unveils details of free aviation seminars
13 Jun 11, Northampton Sywell
AeroExpo UK has revealed details of its free 2011 seminar programme, which will take place over the three days of the event from 17-19 June at Sywell Aerodrome. Experienced speakers will present a range of interesting and relevant topics related to general aviation, and all seminars are free and open to all. There's something for everyone -- with seminars on Saturday including topics such as Advanced IFR Flight Planning Tools and Group Flying; talks on Saturday about the AOPA Mentor Scheme and Stall-Spin accidents; and presentations on Sunday about Getting and Using the IR - amongst many others.
CAA to host summer airworthiness seminars
10 Jun 11, Aberdeen, Northampton Sywell
The CAA is inviting engineers and maintenance heads to a series of airworthiness seminars taking place over the Summer, providing all the latest information required by maintenance organisations - including Part 145 & Part M updates; engagement with EASA; and advice on Airworthiness Review Certificates.
Cessna Skycatcher makes European debut at Cannes
8 Jun 11
Cessna today debuted its Model 162 Skycatcher light sport aircraft in Europe at the Cannes AirShow 2011, which started today and runs until 11th June.
Vulcan to display at Cotswold Airshow
8 Jun 11, Kemble
Vulcan to the Sky, the last flying Vulcan, is due to arrive at Kemble in time to display there during the Cotswold Airshow on 18 June, both as a static display and providing a flying display on the Saturday before departing.
New sunset air displays for this year's AeroExpo UK
6 Jun 11
AeroExpo UK has announced that this year's event will see air displays on all three days, featuring some of Europe's top aerobatic acts - including an RAF Chinook Display Team.
UKGA's Tea & Cakes Summer Fly In enjoys a fantastic turn out
5 Jun 11, Leicester
UKGA's Tea & Cakes Summer Fly In on Saturday 4th June enjoyed an incredible turn out, with the sun shining for much of the day.
Cessna celebrates 100th anniversary of founder's first successful flight
2 Jun 11
Cessna is this month commemorating the 100th anniversary of its company founder learning to fly and building his first aircraft – just eight years after the Wright brothers flew.
Welsh Spitfire Museum opens its doors
2 Jun 11, Haverfordwest
The Welsh Spitfire Museum has now opened its doors at Withybush Airport in Pembrokeshire following a grand opening on 27th May.
Latest changes to the UK aircraft register
2 Jun 11
A list of May 2011's de-registrations and additions to the UK register, from the CAA.
CAA issues Red Arrows infringement warning
2 Jun 11
Following the publication of the Red Arrows’ 2011 aerobatic display programme, the CAA is reminding all GA pilots of the dangers of infringing the temporary restricted airspace put in place for the events.
Wicks offers personalised oxygen system
1 Jun 11
US aircraft supply shop Wicks is now offering personalised oxygen systems for high altitude flying. Developed by Essex Industries, the system can use size "D" or "C" cylinders, which the company will label with the owner's name or registration.
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