General aviation news archive for August 2011
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Win £50 Amazon voucher by sharing your Helitech memories
31 Aug 11, Duxford
Share your photos and memories of key events and landmarks that have taken place during the first 25 years of Helitech and you could win £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.
NOTAM to be issued for Halfpenny Green on Sunday 11th September
30 Aug 11
A Large Model Event is due to take place at Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport on Sunday 11th September, during which time no fixed-wing take-offs or landings will be permitted.
Stapleford to host Olympic Beer and Briefing Session
25 Aug 11, Stapleford
Stapleford Flight Centre is set to host a Beer and Briefing session from CAA and NATs representatives covering details of the Olympic airspace restrictions to be put in place next summer.
Leading rotary wing names join Helitech’s first Steering Committee
25 Aug 11, Duxford
Helitech - which this year celebrates 25 years of supporting the rotary wing arena - has formed its first Steering Committee to help ensure that the event continues to reflect the needs and aspirations of the rotary wing industry in future years.
Lancashire Aero Club celebrates 90th birthday with Youth Flying Scholarship
24 Aug 11, Kenyon Hall Farm
Lancashire Aero Club will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2012 by offering a youth scholarship worth more than £8000. The Tom Dugdale Scholarship, named after the club's President Mr Tom Dugdale who also celebrates his 90th birthday during 2012, aims to attract young people into aviation.
Hot air balloons set for lift-off in Lanarkshire
24 Aug 11
Strathaven Balloon Festival will fill the Lanarkshire skies this coming Bank Holiday weekend (26-28 August 2011), alongside a whole host of events on the ground to celebrate Scotland's only international hot air balloon festival.
New study reveals why GA pilots make good CEOs
23 Aug 11
The type of thrill-seeking behaviour that motivates certain people to get their pilot's licence may also make them very effective corporate leaders, according to a new study in the U.S. by professors at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Oregon.
Stratos Jet performs well in wind tunnel tests
23 Aug 11
Five days of tests in the University of Washington's Kirsten Wind Tunnel have revealed positive results for the Stratos Very Light Personal Jet (VLPJ).
Technical problem forces Vulcan to miss weekend displays
19 Aug 11, Oxford, Shoreham Airfield
A fuel leak discovered on Tuesday has forced Vulcan To The Sky Trust to cancel this weekend's flying for the XH558. This means the world's last flying Vulcan is unable to appear on Saturday at Bournemouth and Shoreham, or on Sunday at Bournemouth, Shoreham and Fly To The Past at Oxford.
Old Buckenham reveals ambitious plans for the future
18 Aug 11, Old Buckenham
Now under new management, Old Buckenham (EGSV) in Norfolk has revealed details of its plans to expand and generate more GA activity at the airfield, with the aim of developing strong and sustainable income sources to ensure the airfield thrives even in tough financial times.
GA forms key part of Cambridge Airport's successful new business strategy
18 Aug 11, Cambridge
Cambridge Airport's new business strategy is paying off after the first six months of implementation under a new management team, with several initiatives aimed at fostering a strong GA community.
XH558 to star in prime-time BBC documentary this Sunday
12 Aug 11, Doncaster Sheffield
The last flying Vulcan is set to feature prominently in a documentary to be broadcast on BBC One this Sunday.
CAA to reclassify Glasgow Control Area
12 Aug 11, Glasgow
Measures to enhance the safety of air traffic control operations in the vicinity of Glasgow Airport will be introduced by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), it was announced today. The decision follows an airprox incident on 23 July 2011 involving a glider and a civil air transport aircraft within the Glasgow Control Area (CTA).
British Airways to finance pilots' training costs for first time
11 Aug 11
British Airways has launched a campaign to find the next generation of pilots and, for the first time, will underwrite pilots' training costs of around £100,000, which previously new recruits had to find themselves -- although this will have to be repaid by the recruited pilots later in their careers.
First six months of 2011 prove difficult for GA manufacturers
9 Aug 11
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has released the shipment and billings figures for the first half of the year, revealing that is has been a difficult period for GA manufacturers.
Abu Dhabi to host Middle East's first GA exhibition
9 Aug 11
Abu Dhabi is set to host the Middle East's first and only general aviation exhibition from 6-8 March 2012. The major new event, 'Abu Dhabi Air Expo', has been announced by Al Bateen Executive Airport and Adone Events Organisation, and is set to take place in the heart of the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
CAA to ensure radio operators suitably qualified
9 Aug 11
The CAA said today that it plans to make the Radio Operators Certificate of Competence (ROCC) mandatory for anyone who provides a radio service to aircraft within the UK. The proposals have been put out to consultation.
Piper increases top-of-the-line deliveries
9 Aug 11
Piper Aircraft has revealed that it grew its overall billings, and total deliveries of its banner Meridian, Matrix and Mirage single-engine aircraft series, during the first six months of 2011.
Cambridge Airport welcomes UKGA pilots by offering free landing in October
4 Aug 11, Cambridge
East of England-based Cambridge Airport is offering UKGA users one free landing slot during October enabling them to experience easy access to Cambridge and beyond. The airport has a superb set of facilities for GA pilots including full Air Traffic Control, refuelling, 24 hour security, seven days a week opening, and navigational aids including ILS.
Heli Challenge still seeking a Welsh contender
4 Aug 11, Enniskillen
With just over three weeks to go, Heli Challenge is still looking for a Welsh team to join the fundraising event at Enniskillen Airport (27-28th August 2011). The UK and Ireland's premier helicopter championship invites helicopter pilots, both private and professional, to compete in a series of challenges designed to test their ability to fly their aircraft to achieve specific tasks, and to test the pilot and co-pilot's ability to work as a team.
Mendelssohn chosen as UK/EU distributor for VP-X Electrical Systems
3 Aug 11
Mendelssohn Pilot Supplies has been appointed the UK/EU distributor for Vertical Power electronic circuit breakers for experimental and home built aircraft.
North London Flying School inspires young pilots
2 Aug 11
A recent three-day event at at Panshanger Aerodrome offered children between the ages of 11 and 18 the chance to gain a real insight into what piloting is all about, and enjoy flights from private owners. The event welcomed 18 young aviators and their parents to the North London Flying School from 24-29th July.
Cambridge Airport to form part of 'Practicalities of The Olympics' panel at BGAD
2 Aug 11, Cambridge
'The Practicalities of the Olympics’ for business and general aviation is set to be debated at the forthcoming Business Aviation and General Aviation Day (BGAD) at Cambridge Airport on 20th September 2011.
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