General aviation news archive for November 2012
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The Flying Show takes over NEC this weekend
29 Nov 12
This weekend (1st-2nd December) sees the Flying Show taking over the NEC in Birmingham to present the UK's biggest indoor aviation event - featuring everything from RC models, foot launch and free flight to high-end Light Sport Aircraft.
Small British company makes progress with novel engine technology
29 Nov 12
Small British firm Reaction Engines Ltd has been awarded an important endorsement from the European Space Agency (ESA) after completing key tests on its innovative engine technology.
CAA releases details of proposed charges for 2013/14
29 Nov 12
The CAA has released details of its proposed Scheme of Charges for 2013-14 (to be implemented from 1/4/13). A consultation on the proposed charges has also been launched, and responses are encouraged.
CAA to offer pilots language proficiency check at Flying Show
28 Nov 12
The CAA will be offering GA pilots attending this weekend’s Flying Show at the Birmingham NEC a free language proficiency check with a Flight Examiner. The pilot could then receive a Level 6 non-expiring endorsement on their Licence which they will need when applying for a new EASA Licence such as an EASA PPL or the Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) or a radio licence (FRTOL) renewal.
Maintenance services resumed at Manchester Barton
22 Nov 12, Manchester Barton
Manchester Barton (City Airport & Heliport) - a busy business and general aviation airfield located in Salford - has announced that Westair Flying Services Ltd will be providing maintenance services from a base there.
Bristow Helicopters "breaks UK law" in new scholarship rules
22 Nov 12
Bristow Helicopters's new flying scholarship to fund four new pilots has reportedly broken UK law -- by placing an age range on eligibility.
Campaign launched to save Zeppelin Eureka airship
22 Nov 12
A campaign has been launched to save the world's largest passenger airship - the Zeppelin Eureka - after reports that a ten-fold increase in the price of helium and lack of a long-term sponsor have grounded operations.
Rhino conservation initiative calls for microlight pilot volunteers
21 Nov 12
A new UK wildlife conservation project set up to tackle the African rhino poaching crisis on the front line is seeking to create the largest single voluntary air force since World War II - using microlights to patrol game parks and report poachers to armed rangers on the ground.
Panshanger threatened by housing development
21 Nov 12, Panshanger
A General Aviation Awareness Council-backed campaign has been launched to stop proposals for building hundreds of new homes on the site of historic Panhanger Aerodrome.
Aircraft designers of the future take flight
15 Nov 12, Gloucestershire
A group of Aerospace Engineering undergraduates are taking trial flying lessons with a difference at Gloucestershire Airport, whilst conducting flight tests as part of their University Experimental Flight Mechanics course.
NTSB identifies top GA accident causes
14 Nov 12
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Wednesday, with the release of it's annual list of most wanted safety improvements, that GA pilots and passengers are "dying due to human error and inadequate training".
Sennheiser launches UK flying scholarships
14 Nov 12, Chichester Goodwood, Cranfield
Sennheiser has announced the launch of a new scholarship opportunity, Live Your Dream, aimed at UK pilots. Each £1,000 scholarship can be used towards any type of pilot training, from a PPL to a PPL(H) or IR, with the award paid directly to the relevant flight school on behalf of the winner.
GA pilots asked to renew language requirements
9 Nov 12
The CAA is advising private pilots to check the currency of the English language proficiency endorsement on their licences, as pilots applying for any of the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) licences must have a valid English language endorsement.
Damyns Hall refurbished
9 Nov 12, Damyns Hall
Damyns Hall aerodrome has been refurbished -- the clubhouse/restauraunt has been given a facelift and runway 03 / 21 has been extended. It has excellent drainage and, apart from snow, has not been unusable for two years. The landing fee is still £6 and AVGAS is available.
Fatal microlight crash pilot 'had no formal training'
8 Nov 12
A Scottish microlight pilot killed just minutes into his first solo flight after a 300ft plunge had received 'no formal training', according to air accident investigators.
Jeppesen completes iPad Mini rapid decompression tests
8 Nov 12
Jeppesen has announced the successful completion of rapid decompression tests of a new iPad (4th generation) with Retina display and iPad mini, proving device integrity in the unlikely event of sudden cabin pressure loss.
Tecnam announces budget P92 for less than £50K
8 Nov 12
Tecnam this week announced the launch of the Tecnam P92 Classic Light microlight - the 7th generation model in Tecnam's P92 range.
Buzz Aldrin to attend Aerobility 2012 Aviators Ball
8 Nov 12
Astronaut and pilot Buzz Aldrin will be attending 2012's Aviators Ball, set to take place at the five-star Sofitel Hotel at Terminal 5 of London Heathrow airport on Saturday 24th November.
Scottish airports prepare for winter
8 Nov 12, Inverness, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Wick
Scottish airports operator Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has launched its winter operation plan following an investment of £400,000 in snow clearing equipment and a new de-icer storage facility at Inverness -- in a bid to make sure aircraft can continue to operate at its 11 airports this winter.
CAA issues update on Standardised European Rules Of The Air (SERA) Regulation
1 Nov 12
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today issued preliminary guidance to pilots following the publication of The European Commission’s Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) regulation.
Fly-in slot bookings now open for AeroExpo UK 2013
1 Nov 12, Northampton Sywell
With registration now open for AeroExpo UK 2013, visiting pilots can now select their fly-in slot for the event, which is set to take place from 31st May to 1st June 2013. Pilots who fly in to the show automatically enjoy free entry to the exhibition for themselves and their passengers - although there is a landing fee to pay to the aerodrome.
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