General aviation news archive for May 2012
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Win a day out at Goodwood's Festival of Speed
31 May 12
Enter UKGA's Goodwood competition and you will be in with a chance of enjoying free landing on Friday 29th June, along with free Aviation Exhibition tickets and free Festival of Speed tickets for two!
SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns to earth
31 May 12
The SpaceX cargo capsule Dragon, the first privately-built spacecraft to visit the International Space Station, has returned to earth safely as planned -- landing in the Pacific ocean 560 miles off the Californian coast at 10:42 Central Time, after nine days in space.
Barrel rolls and bacon rolls at the Goodwood Breakfast Club
31 May 12
UK aerobatics training school Ultimate High brings barrel rolls to join the bacon rolls at the Goodwood Breakfast Club again this Sunday, 3rd June 2012.
Vulcan damage jeopardises Jubilee appearances
29 May 12, Doncaster Sheffield
As part of Vulcan's celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Vulcan To The Sky has been planning for XH558 to carry out a celebratory flight from Robin Hood airport on Sunday June 3rd 2012 during the Diamond Jubilee Weekend - but damage to two engines has currently grounded the aircraft.
New General Exemptions published for Guernsey airspace
29 May 12, Guernsey
The Director of Civil Aviation for Jersey and Guernsey has just published details of new General Exemptions covering Permit Aircraft in their airspace.
New diagnostic tool to monitor battery drain
16 May 12
Concorde has launched a simple new diagnostic tool enabling aircraft owners and operators to easily monitor the drain on any plane battery that uses the BD6 type Elcon connector, or equivalent.
Wickenby Wings & Wheels 2012 promises Father's Day family fun
16 May 12, Wickenby
Over Father's Day Weekend from 16-17th June 2012, Wickenby Aerodrome is hosting its annual air show, open weekend and fly-in, promising a great day out for the whole family. With impressive air displays from lightweight modern aerobatic aircraft and both historic and modern operational military aircraft, the event will also offer plenty of ground attractions including children's entertainment, 4x4 off-roading, a collection of vintage cars and motorcycles, and a choice of great food stalls, as well as a 1940s-themed charity dinner and dance on the Saturday evening.
Trig Aerobatic Team to display at AeroExpo UK 2012
16 May 12, Northampton Sywell
AeroExpo UK has announced that the Trig Aerobatic Team will be performing at the 2012 event between 1.30pm and 2pm between 25-27th May. The Trig Aerobatic Team is made up of Richard Grace and Dave Puleston, flying just five feet apart in their Pitts Special S-1D biplanes, in a tight display that shows off their extreme skill and flying precision.
St Athan to become major aerobatic display team training centre
15 May 12, St Athan
St Athan is set to become a key training centre for aerobatic display teams from across the country, thanks to the relocation of Hunter Flying Ltd to the South Wales airfield.
CAA: We'll suspend all pilots who infringe Olympics airspace
15 May 12
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today confirmed the enforcement policy that will be in place to deal with infringements of this summer’s Olympics security airspace restrictions.
Global general aviation shipments down on last year
10 May 12
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the industry's shipment and billings figures for the first quarter. In the first three months of 2012, total worldwide general aviation aeroplane shipments fell 2.1 percent, from 377 units in 2011 to 369 units this year. Billings for general aviation aeroplanes totalled $3.39 bn, about £2.1 bn, in the first three months, down 8.0 percent.
Flightstore enjoys major site revamp with expanded product range
10 May 12
Flightstore, winner of last year's Online Pilot Store of the Year title, has seen a major site revamp with a brand new design, enhanced usability, and the addition of more than 1,000 extra products, including an all-new maintenance section.
CAA publishes new leaflet on Summer intercept procedures
10 May 12
The CAA has published a new leaflet on behalf of the MoD that outlines the intercept procedures that will be used this summer by the Typhoons and Pumas.
CAA approves two new "listening squawks"
9 May 12, East Midlands, Farnborough, Leeds Bradford
Frequency Monitoring Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) codes (often referred to as "listening out" squawks) are soon to be allocated for use in the vicinity of Leeds Bradford and East Midlands airports, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. In addition, a code is being introduced for use by Farnborough Airport for the duration of the London 2012 Olympics.
Introduction of Visual Flight Rules (VFR) at Night in the UK
9 May 12
The CAA has published a new Safety Notice, "SN-2012/007: Introduction of Visual Flight Rules (VFR) at Night in the UK", which aims to alert interested parties to the proposal to allow flight in accordance with VFR at night. A change to the current policy is necessary due to the introduction of European regulations.
Aviation promulgation of bird sanctuary at Pagham Harbour
9 May 12
GA pilots are being asked to avoid overflight of Pagham Harbour in West Sussex below 500 feet in order to prevent aviation activity causing disturbance to the local bird population.
World's most famous Spitfire to display at Old Buckenham Airshow 2012
4 May 12, Old Buckenham
The Old Buckenham Airshow 2012 has announced that the main air display act will be the Spitfire and Mustang Duo, owned and operated by the world-famous Old Flying Machine Company.
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