General aviation news archive for October 2013
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Soldier injured in Basra learns to fly
31 Oct 13, Blackbushe
Karl Hinett, a former British soldier who was seriously injured in Basra, is nearing completion of a Boeing-sponsored flying scholarship in partnership with the Air League and Aerobility.
Fly2Pole team to provide focal point for 2013 Flying Show
23 Oct 13
Further details have now been unveiled for this year's Flying Show, the UK’s biggest indoor aviation event, aimed at everyone interested in GA - whether it's microlights, gliders, gyrocopters, light aircraft, models, paramotors, free flight, training, or technology. The Fly2Pole team and their PulsRs are set to provide the centrepiece of the 2013 Flying Show - showing off their plans to fly their microlights, piloted by injured ex-service personnel, to the South Pole in just over a year’s time...
New firework displays location guide launched for pilots
21 Oct 13
The CAA has revealed details of a new streamlined procedure for informing pilots of large firework displays which may affect their flight. A dedicated webpage will now list all displays taking place outside of Controlled Airspace that are expected to reach heights of between 300ft-500ft, during the peak display period in early November. Displays happening inside Controlled Airspace will still be subject to the normal NOTAM process.
fly2help charity launches collectable gifts in time for Christmas
21 Oct 13
In plenty of time for Christmas, aviation charity fly2help is promoting a number of collectable gifts which will help raise much-needed funds for future Air Smiles Days – events which bring joy, laughter and respite to those living with life trauma.
Stow Maries future secure
18 Oct 13, Stow Maries
Thanks to a £1.5million grant from NHMF, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust has secured Stow Maries in Purleigh near Maldon, Essex -- Europe’s only remaining unaltered First World War aerodrome.
UK retains right to issue IMC ratings until 2019
18 Oct 13
The CAA has welcomed a proposal from the European Commission to allow the UK to continue issuing the Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) rating for pilots until April 2019.
CAA launches Class E airspace consultation for Aberdeen
14 Oct 13, Aberdeen
The CAA has set out proposals to establish additional Class E airspace in the vicinity of the Aberdeen Control Zone/Control Area. The possible need for the airspace classification change emerged from an earlier consultation setting out the CAA’s intention to replace Class F airspace with Class E airspace.
Aerobatic thrills in the skies above Panshanger
14 Oct 13, Panshanger
The skies above Panshanger Aerodrome were the backdrop to a thrilling flying display on Sunday 22nd September, when National Aerobatics Champion, Mark Jeffries, showed off his skills in front of members of the North London Flying School (NLFS). Mark’s piloting of his Extra 330SC wowed the crowds as the aircraft twisted, spun, looped and dived over the historic airfield, and he received a well-deserved standing ovation on his return to earth.
CAA urges pilots to report illegal public transport flights
8 Oct 13
Aerodromes, flying schools and individual pilots are being asked to report any concerns they may have that public transport flights are taking place illegally. The CAA says it is keen to hear from anyone who suspects that a company or individual may be operating paid passenger or cargo flights without holding the required Air Operators Certificate (AOC). Such flights are not subject to the same safety oversight as that required of legitimate operators.
GA Airprox incidents continue to fall
4 Oct 13
Serious Airprox incidents involving general aviation aircraft fell in 2012, figures released today reveal. The overall number of incidents with GA involvement, of all levels of severity, also continued a steady decade-long downward trend, data published by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) shows.
City Airport Family Fun Day raises over £4,500 for Sparks
3 Oct 13, Manchester Barton
Over £4,500 was raised for Sparks, the children’s medical research charity, at the City Airport & Heliport Family Fun Day in July.
Locations announced for this Autumn's Visit ATC Day
3 Oct 13, Edinburgh, Exeter, Manchester International, Southampton
Air traffic control units across the country are gearing up to take part in the annual Visit ATC Day this Autumn, with several ATC units already confirmed -- including Edinburgh, Southampton, Manchester, Exeter, Belfast International and NATS’ Swanwick Centre.
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