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21 May will mark the ninetieth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh becoming the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from New York to Paris, setting off a wave of enthusiasm for aviation that spread around the world.

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The final production Cessna Citation Mustang rolled off the assembly line on 11 May and will be delivered shortly, ending its twelve-year production run and more than 470 aircraft delivered to customers worldwide.

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Airlander gets airborne again

Monday, May 15, 2017

After its ‘heavy landing’ last August, the Airlander 10 has now undergone a successful test flight on 10 May lasting 180 minutes, kicking off its three-phase flight test programme again.

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Could Manston Airport be saved?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The pressure group Supporters of Manston Airport has declared itself delighted that Dale Crawford, of DTD Consult, has now made the intentions of a potential, new investor known publicly after the Thanet Extra/Kent Online reported that a US logistics company with roots in Europe had stepped forward with a plan to acquire Manston Airport ‘with a view to reviving aviation on the 750-acre site’.

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Brighton City Airport (Shoreham)’s public consultation regarding its proposal for improved GNSS instrument approach procedures is still running and now is the time for pilots to add their comments

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A team of Russian biologists is using a Just SuperSTOL aircraft to conduct surveys of wildlife populations along the Northeastern Russian Coast now that Russia allows homebuilts to be constructed, certified and flown in its airspace

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Professor Luigi Pascale, Founder, President and Chief Preliminary Design Officer of Italian manufacturer Tecnam, died on 14 March after a short illness. He was 93.

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The UK Globalstars formation display team is one of the leading teams in the Formation Aerobatics event in Zhengzhou, China

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The Flying Instructor Network Group held its first meeting at Stoke airfield on 26 April.

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Scientists have debunked one of the most commonly held myths in science – how an aerofoil produces lift

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Uber and electric aircraft producer Pipistrel have signed a long-term partnership for large-scale deployment of electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (VTOLs).

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All three according to Italdesign and Airbus, who displayed at the Geneva International Motor Show in March Pop.Up, an ‘electric, zero-emissions, multi-mode modular vehicle system designed to relieve traffic congestion in crowded megacities that makes full use of both ground and airspace.’

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Bill Brennand, who for many decades was a leading light in the Experimental Aircraft Association, died on 14 March, aged 92.

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The Light Aircraft Company Ltd has a new EASA Supplemental Type Certificate for Schleicher Gliders that will reduce the costs and speed up recovering Oratex materials.

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Diamond’s five-seater makes its debut

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sporting a snazzy colour scheme, Diamond’s DA50-V prototype made its public debut at the AERO Friedrichshafen last week, just two weeks after its maiden flight. It will be, claims Diamond, ‘the most modern, most efficient single-engine piston aircraft with the widest body and highest payload in its class’.

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The CAA advises pilots holding ‘third country’ PPL who are yet to convert their licenses to meet European regulations of the steps they must take in order to continue to fly in the UK after 8 April 2017, following a decision by the Department for Transport. Third country licences are those issued by non-European countries

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Daher’s latest member of the TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family – the TBM 910 – is making its first public appearance at this week’s AERO Friedrichshafen

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At this week’s AERO show, aircraft manufacturer AERO launched its new AT-3S model

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Germany’s Federal Aviation Office has granted first Permit to Fly under new Ultralight Helicopter Regulations to the RotorSchmiede VA115 co-axial ultralight helicopter

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At April’s AERO Friedrichshafen Tecnam introduced improvements to several of its current models.

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Aero Friedrichshafen – the largest aviation show in Europe – commences next week and the Trig Aerobatic Team will be touring through Europe to Friedrichshafen in their bright yellow S1 Pitts classic aerobatic aircraft

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Pilot’s Where to Fly Guide 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pilot’s April issue is out now with a free copy of our 2017 ‘Where to Fly Guide’

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Since it first took to the skies in the form of a converted DC-8 jetliner donated by United Airlines, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital has been making inroads to restoring sight to the world’s 285 million blind or visually impaired people

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Now in its fourth year, The Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers, is open for applications for the 2017 award

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This year The British Precision Pilots Association will be introducing Air Navigation Racing (ANR), a new ‘exciting and affordable’ air sport to the UK

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Tecnam delivers 200th P20006T Twin

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tecnam has announced the ‘milestone achievement’ of delivering the 200th Tecnam P2006T Twin.

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In the April issue of Pilot magazine, on sale from 22 March readers will find a ‘Safety Matters’ extract from the long-awaited report on the Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s exhaustive investigation of the Shoreham Hunter accident.

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In a statement posted on Friday 3 March in response to the full AAIB report issued on the same day, the British Air Display Association (BADA) says it welcomes the conclusion to the very lengthy AAIB investigation process and hopes that it will now provide a degree of understanding and closure for the families involved.

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TOPNAV is a visual navigation competition for private pilots, organised by the Royal Institute of Navigation’s (RIN) General Aviation Navigation Group (GANG), and held every year in May.

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First production Jet Ranger X flying

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The first production Bell Model 505 Jet Ranger X made its maiden flight on 22 January from the company’s Mirabel, Quebec facility

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