General aviation news archive for June 2012
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Queen unveils RAF Bomber Command memorial
28 Jun 12
The Queen has unveiled a £6m memorial to the 55,573 airmen of Bomber Command who died during bombing raids in World War II, in honour of their service and bravery.
Early Vulcan ground run testing goes well
28 Jun 12
Early ground running tests to XH558's replacement engines have gone well, showing up a couple of leaks that have since been fixed. The team now has to adjust certain required settings such as the idle and maximum RPMs before testing the auxiliaries such as the hydraulics and electrics.
Electronic version of Olympics VFR chart now available
28 Jun 12
Following a joint initiative by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and air traffic service provider, NATS, an electronic version of the 1:500,000 VFR chart of the London 2012 Olympics airspace changes has now been made available. This chart has been provided to existing distributors of electronic charts for onward distribution, free of charge to existing subscribers.
CAA backs apprenticeships for commercial pilots to avoid future shortfall
22 Jun 12
The creation of an apprenticeship scheme to train future commercial pilots has been welcomed by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The new Higher Apprenticeship, which will be developed by City & Guilds, will lead to a Commercial Pilot’s Licence. It is one of several new vocational schemes announced today by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable.
London 2012 pilot’s guide launched
22 Jun 12
A definitive pilot’s guide to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been launched today by the Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI). The 100-page manual navigates pilots through the various security and operational airspace restrictions in place for the duration of the Games, as well as detailing the specific additional procedures to be followed over the summer.
New temporary airspace restriction over London Olympics Park from 19 June
19 Jun 12
At the request of the Metropolitan Police, temporary restricted airspace has been introduced from today over the London Olympic park.
Breitling Wingwalkers add glamour to Best of British Show
18 Jun 12, Kemble
The Breitling Wingwalkers will take to the skies at the Best of British Show at Cotswold Airport on Monday 27th August 2012, performing a breathtaking sequence of formation loops and rolls, while daring wingwalkers in patriotic Union Jack flying suits perform acrobatics on the wings.
'Little Wings' launched to offer free flights to sick children
18 Jun 12
A brand new flying charity called Little Wings has been set up in a bid to change lives through flying. Founded by a team of pilots who want to combine their love of flying with their strong desire to help those who suffer, the charity is planning to offer free, life-changing flights for disabled, disadvantaged, and terminally ill children and their families -- from their local airfield.
Flightstore launches all-new Brightline Bags Flex System in the UK
14 Jun 12
Brightline Bags, the developer of 2011's best-selling bag, has now released a whole brand new range called the Brightline FLEX system to replace their original product, available exclusively in the UK from Flightstore Pilot Shop.
Proviation named as distributor for new Dual XGPS150E GPS adapter
14 Jun 12
Proviation Pilot Shop has been named as the UK distributor for the new Dual XGPS150E GPS adapter for Apple and smartphones, providing a more reliable and accurate GPS signal to ia vareity of devices including iPads, iPhones, smartphones, tablets and laptops.
EASA gives go ahead for LSA Certification
14 Jun 12
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the first types in a newly created certification category for light aircraft. Following the PS-28 Cruiser from Czech Sport Aircraft and the Flight Design CTLS-ELA, the Evektor SportStar RTC is the third aircraft type to be certified under new specifications designed specifically for Light Sports Aircraft (LSA). Aeroplanes in this category have up to two seats and a mass of less than 600kg.
Guidance published on safety issues outside Olympics restricted airspace
13 Jun 12
The Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI) website has now published safety information and guidance for pilots flying outside the Olympics restricted airspace this summer, including details of temporary controlled airspace.
Dundee-based flying instructor receives Air League award
12 Jun 12, Dundee
An instructor from a Dundee-based flying school has been presented with an award from The Air League in recognition of his services to flight training and outstanding flying instruction with young students.
Olympic win for Dunsfold Aerodrome as Council decision overturned
11 Jun 12, Dunsfold
Dunsfold Aerodrome was celebrating a victory against Waverley Borough Council this week when they won both Appeals against restrictions imposed to an application to extend operational flying hours for the Olympics.
Train as a Wing Walker at Wickenby's 70th Birthday Airshow
11 Jun 12, Wickenby
As part of Wickenby Aerodrome’s 70th Birthday Airshow, the Lincolnshire-based historic airfield has released a limited number of wing walker training flights available during both the Airshow weekend (16-17th June) and the following weekend (23rd-24th June).
New search to be launched for Earhart's Electra
11 Jun 12
A research team is set to embark on a renewed underwater search for the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s twin-engine Lockheed Electra in July to mark the 75th anniversary of her disappearance.
13-year-old becomes world's youngest gliding contestant
8 Jun 12, Saltby
Thirteen-year-old Robbie Rizk has become the youngest person in the world to compete in a national aerobatics contest.
Flightstore announced as exclusive UK distributor for V:One Aviation Supplies
7 Jun 12
Flightstore has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for high-end premium brand V:One Aviation Supplies, a UK-based manufacturer of aviation clothing and sunglasses.
Early season air displays cancelled as Vulcan reveals engine damage
7 Jun 12
Following XH558's aborted flight on Monday 28th May due to a severe incident involving both port engines, Vulcan to the Sky has issued an update on the current status of the aircraft - revealing that both No.1 and No.2 engines on the port side are beyond repair.
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