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A microlight pilot has been prosecuted by the CAA for flying through Manchester airport’s controlled airspace on 20 January 2017, causing significant delays to commercial aircraft.

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Tecnam’s second LEAP for NASA

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tecnam has delivered a second P2006T fuselage to NASA for its X-57 Maxwell LEAPTech (Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology) research programme, which is aimed at developing safer, more energy efficient, lower operating cost and ‘greener’ GA aircraft.

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Costly errors

Friday, July 21, 2017

Last December PPL Andrew Hart took off from Weston Airport, Dublin in a Piper PA-28 bound for Shobdon. On his arrival there a visiting flying instructor was concerned that he had landed in poor weather conditions and asked to see his pilot’s licence, which he was unable to produce.

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The government has scrapped plans to introduce tougher laws for laser pen attacks on aircraft.

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Parachuting Canopy Piloting (Swooping), Glider Aerobatics and Paramotoring feature under the umbrella ‘air sports’ in this year’s World Games being held from 20-30 July in Wroclaw, Poland. The air sports will take place over four days at Szymanow Airfield

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About time too!

Monday, July 17, 2017

The CAA has announced that it had withdrawn the safety directive that had grounded all Hunter Aircraft on the UK register since August 2015

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With the aim of raising the general awareness and understanding of gliding among the public, the British Gliding Association’s Glide Britain project team will be flying a glider on over a 1200 km journey across the UK, visiting thirteen gliding clubs over a two week period starting on Saturday 15 July

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British pilot and aircraft engineer Colin Hales’ flight around the world in his homebuilt KR2 ‘Itzy’ was brought to an end on 11 July when the aircraft was severely damaged in a force landing on a golf course in Japan.

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Appearing alongside a flight test of Piper’s newly-certified M600 turboprop ‘rocket ship’, the sad story of Scottish racing driver and private pilot Ron Flockhart’s ill-fated early 1960s attempt to set a record speed in flying from Australia to England is one of the main features in the August issue of Pilot, which hits the newsstands on 12 July.

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Air Total has been awarded the contract for supply of all aviation fuels for three years, including the supply of F34 jet fuel for Newquay’s military/search and rescue aircraft.

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Following the emergency landing of Sea Vixen G-CVIX XP924 at RNAS Yeovilton on 27 May, Navy Wings is urgently seeking a ‘white knight’ sponsor to save the aircraft and restore this unique and nationally important naval heritage fighter to full flying condition.

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The first production M20V Acclaim Ultra flew on 27 April.

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Solar Impulse’s Chief Executive Officer and pilot André Borschberg is co-founder of H55, which is developing an electric demonstrator aircraft, ‘aEro1’. It has now flown more than fifty hours.

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Fancy flying a Gnat?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Heritage Aircraft Trust operates a small fleet of Folland Gnats - the light jet fighter and training aircraft made famous around the world by the Red Arrows - through a trust via a limited company. The group are on the lookout for a couple more trustees to share the flying fun, and even become display pilots.

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Closed for several years, Plymouth Airport — or more precisely the leaseholder, Sutton Harbour Holdings — became infamous after a Jodel that had force-landed there was impounded (aircraft owner Martin Ferid’s account of his ordeal appeared in Pilot, January 2016). Now supporters of the airport feel their campaign to re-open the airport is nearing success

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One of north-east Hampshire’s ‘not to be missed’ occasions this summer will be found at Blackbushe Airport where on 1 and 2 July thousands will gather to celebrate the airfield’s 75th Anniversary, its survival and incredible history. Once considered to be no less than London’s second airport, the Blackbushe of today holds much in store for her future

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IAOPA Europe is to ask EASA to extend the deadline for re-equipment with 8.33MHz avionics by at least one or even better two years.

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The VAC’s Liz Inwood Taildragger Scholarship is now open for its second year to young pilots who wish to convert from typical flying club nosewheel designs to older tailwheel types, potentially opening the door to flying a wider range of vintage and classic aircraft.

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London-Oxford (or Kidlington, as we knew it) by offering new incentives valid for six months from May to October 2017.

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Quest Aircraft’s Kodiak 100 has been certified by EASA. It is now approved in more than fifty countries.

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After 1,900 displays and air races in 38 countries, and 37 years as a professional pilot Nigel Lamb has retired from airshow flying

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French pilot Bruno Vezzoli has completed the cross-Channel challenge in his ‘flying car’ craft, Pegasus

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Surefly developers Workhorse claim its new helicopter is environmentally friendly and safer to fly.

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Four Rotax 912 engines were stolen during the night of 13/14 June from aircraft at Halwell , a microlight strip operated by South Hams flying club, near Totnes reports British Microlight Aircraft Association CEO Geoff Weighell

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EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) has certified the Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, paving way for deliveries to customers in Europe. Displayed at AeroExpo in June, the aircraft is equipped with ‘next-generation’ Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and the Continental CD-155 diesel engine.

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A petition has been raised to oppose a proposal, backed by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC), for developers to turn Fairoaks Aerodrome into a ‘garden village’ with 1,500 new homes.

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The Guild of Aviation artists is holding its Annual Summer Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London from 17 to 23 July

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In May Dan Gay, founder of the United Kingdom EZ Group hosted the first annual canard fly-in at Seething airfield.

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See the new guide from the CAA

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Boeing’s new spaceplane

Friday, June 2, 2017

Boeing and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are collaborating to develop a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 programme.

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