General aviation news archive for February 2012
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Heli Air opens new helicopter base at Fairoaks
29 Feb 12, Fairoaks
Heli Air has announced the opening of a new helicopter base at Fairoaks Airport, a popular GA airport with good facilities for helicopter flying, located close to London.
First Olympics Airspace Supplements Published In UK Air Pilot
29 Feb 12
The first set of official supplements to the UK Air Pilot (AIP) on the changes to be introduced during the London 2012 Olympics have now been published.
UK's next generation Wildcat helicopter completes sea trials
23 Feb 12
A Lynx Wildcat helicopter (also known as the AW 159) has successfully completed 20 days of sea trials aboard the British frigate HMS Iron Duke off the coast of southern England and northern Scotland.
Aerobility selected as official AeroExpo UK charity for 2012
23 Feb 12, Northampton Sywell
AeroExpo UK has chosen Aerobility to be its event charity this year in recognition of the support and work the organisation accomplishes in bringing the gift of flight to the disabled community. This is the 5th year that AeroExpo has supported Aerobility.
Experts team up to create Robinson Helicopter 'Centre of Excellence'
21 Feb 12, Northampton Sywell
Mornington Sanford Aviation and Sloane Helicopters have joined forces to establish a training centre dedicated to supporting the Robinson Helicopter Company’s products and their associated power plants.
RGV approved to retro-fit new touchscreen Garmin kit
16 Feb 12
RGV Aviation Limited has just received EASA series minor modification approvals for the GTN650, which the company believes are the first in the UK to be approved. The company now has approval to fit Dual GTN650s in Cirrus SR20 and SR22, and Single or Dual GTN650s for the Piper PA28 Series.
Cessna increases range of 'Game-Changing' Citation Latitude
15 Feb 12
Cessna recently announced an expected 15% range extension for the company's planned game-changing mid-size business jet, the Citation Latitude, which is scheduled to enter service in 2015.
LAA to introduce a Vintage flavour to its AeroExpo presence
13 Feb 12, Northampton Sywell
AeroExpo will once again host the ever-popular Light Aircraft Association (LAA) homebuilders' area at this year's event, which for the first time will also highlight the organisation's Vintage and Classic aircraft activities.
Chart changes to help cut airspace infringements in Birmingham Control Terminal
9 Feb 12, Birmingham
In a bid to reduce the growing number of infringements of controlled airspace around Birmingham Airport, the CAA and air traffic service provider, NATS, have agreed to amend the CAA 1:500k VFR chart depicting the area.
Aviation Show to relocate and expand at 2012 Festival of Speed
9 Feb 12
The third dedicated Goodwood Aviation Show will be held this summer as a fully-integrated attraction at the popular Festival of Speed and Moving Motor Show (28 June - 1 July 2012), bringing GA to the heart of the festival.
AeroExpo UK launches "Lifestyle Area" for 2012
9 Feb 12, Northampton Sywell
AeroExpo UK is launching a new "Lifestyle Area" at its 2012 event (25-27th May), which organisers say will bring more variety to the show.
Seething announces 2012 Charity Air Day
9 Feb 12, Seething
Seething Airfield Charity Air Day is set to take place on the 9th September in 2012, with plans already well underway for the day's packed schedule of displays.
IWM Duxford announces 2012 Bonus Day dates
7 Feb 12, Duxford
Fly in to Duxford on a Bonus Day and you will enjoy half-price landing (£7) as well as free or discounted admission to the museum.
CAA to replace Light Aircraft Maintenance Programme (LAMP)
7 Feb 12
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has launched a consultation to replace the Light Aircraft Maintenance Programme (LAMP). The change, if approved, reflects the introduction of EASA’s Part M requirements for maintenance organisations and newer, higher tech general aviation aircraft.
France Circumnavigator Tour announced
2 Feb 12
Air Safaris International Inc. has announced its second annual 'Chateaux, Countryside & Cuisine Tour' of France, which will last 16 days and offer participants the chance to walk on Normandy beaches, spend time on the French Riviera, and taste champagne at Moet & Chandon, amongst many other activities.
Cessna Citation Mustang reaches 400 aircraft
2 Feb 12
Cessna rolled its 400th Citation Mustang off the assembly line at its facility in Independence, Kansas just over five years after the Mustang's first delivery in November 2006.
Mixed news on controlled airspace changes
2 Feb 12
From 8th March 2012, the Manchester Low Level Route for VFR transits in between Manchester and Liverpool CTRs will have a slightly raised ceiling (1300' QNH), and the Manchester CTR will reduce in size -- while Norwich gets its new class D CTR and CTA.
How wings really work: Scientist's video busts flying myth
2 Feb 12
A one-minute video released by the University of Cambridge aims to finally lay to rest a popular but misleading, decades-old myth about how planes fly.
CAA announces consultation on change to UK airspace Transition Altitude
1 Feb 12
To enhance safety, to enable the more efficient use of airspace, and to align the management of airspace more closely with other nations, the CAA has launched a consultation on its intention to raise and harmonise the Transition Altitude in UK airspace to 18,000ft.
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