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CAA seeks feedback on proposed low-cost electronic conspicuity devices

31 Mar 16
Proposals for how those operating in uncontrolled airspace can use low cost and low power electronic devices (known as electronic conspicuity), making them more visible to each other have been released by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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RANS S-20LS Raven gets FAA approval as factory-built SLSA

24 Mar 16
The FAA has signed off, and RANS Designs will now supply the Raven, factory-built and ready to fly, with engines from 80 to 180hp, as a SLSA.

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CAA confirms elevated airshow fees following consultation

24 Mar 16
While reaffirming its commitment to airshows, the CAA has nevertheless confirmed the swingeing increases to airshow fees proposed during the brief consultation period in February.

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CAA consulting on unlimited airspace infringement fines

24 Mar 16
The Department for Transport (DfT) is consulting on increasing the maximum fine which can be applied to pilots or aircraft operators contravening the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA).

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Alaska flight will use fuel made from recycled plastic waste

15 Mar 16
In a world first, the ‘On Wings of Waste’ flight will use recycled plastic waste as aviation fuel during a journey supported by the great broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough.

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AAIB bulletin suggests airshow risk assessment oversight need to be improved

15 Mar 16
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published a third Special Bulletin concerning its investigation of the Hawker Hunter accident during the Shoreham airshow on 22 August last year. While still not the final report, this bulletin makes fourteen safety recommendations that are broadly in line with new CAA rules arising from the Authority’s own review of air display safety.

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Major consultation launched on improvements to UK airspace change process

15 Mar 16
The CAA has launched a major consultation on how decisions are made on proposed changes to the UK’s airspace structure.

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Statements made by CAA CEO were false and ‘blatant politicking’ says British Air

7 Mar 16
‘The assertion by the CAA’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Haines, reported in the Times yesterday, that there has been resistance in the air display community to the changes [to the regulations] being proposed is factually incorrect,’ says the British Air Display Association and Honourable Company of Air Pilots in a robustly worded joint statement issued on 4 March. ‘Nothing could be further from the truth.’

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‘The show does not go ahead…’ says the CAA

7 Mar 16
The UK Civil Aviation Authority warned on 3 March that a number of 2016 air shows will not go ahead unless they adopt the new safety measures being introduced by the regulator.

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Capt Eric Brown (21 January 1919 - 21 February 2016)

4 Mar 16
A legendary figure– he piloted more aircraft types, from piston-engined singles to jets and helicopters, and made more carrier landings than anyone in history – Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown died at the age of 97 on Sunday 21 February.

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