General aviation news archive for December 2013
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FAA certificates can be reissued in UK
13 Dec 13
Following the introduction of harmonised European pilot licences, pilots holding a UK 'National' or EASA licence, who also hold an 'FAA Certificate' allowing them to fly in the United States, are required to have the document reissued with the UK CAA to retain its validity. This is an FAA requirement, following format changes to European licences.
Shell removes lead from AVGAS
11 Dec 13
Shell has announced that it has developed a lead-free replacement for Aviation Gasoline (Avgas 100 and 100LL), which will now begin a strict regulatory approvals process. Avgas is one of the last common transportation fuels to contain lead and is used by light aircraft and helicopters. Shell’s new lead-free formulation comes after 10 years of exhaustive R&D, as well as successful initial testing.
Trig to support Flying for Freedom's South Pole microlight expedition
3 Dec 13
British avionics experts Trig Avionics have announced that they will be supporting Flying for Freedom's daring expedition in 2014 to fly to the South Pole in flex-wing microlights. The microlights will be piloted by wounded, injured and sick service personnel who have learnt to fly as part of their recovery.
Handheld radios approved for use in 'non-EASA’ aircraft
2 Dec 13
Pilots of ‘non EASA’ aircraft’ can now use handheld radios on their Aircraft Radio Licence outside of Class A, B and C airspace. This follows the CAA's simplification of the approval process for all handheld radios capable of 8.33 kHz channel spacing. The decision follows a fresh review by CAA specialists which concluded that radios conforming to existing European standards for non-airborne operation can provide the required levels of safety and performance for airborne use.
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