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Proposals to increase options for training aircraft are among many other aspects of progress in GA regulation over the last few months that the CAA have been involved with

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The Gyrocopter Experience Basingstoke, based at Popham Airfield in Hampshire, is delighted to announce that it has become the UK's first carbon-neutral gyroplane flight school

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Textron, the parent company of Cessna, Hawker and Beechcraft, has announced that it will lay off 875 employees as part of a restructuring plan, the portal AVweb reports

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In December, Canadian seaplane operator Harbour Air successfully trialled an electric six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver seaplane powered by a 750hp (560kW) motor in place of the standard Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior

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Virgin Galactic has kicked off its Astronaut Readiness Program to prepare future astronaut customers for their flights to space

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The CAA are seeking to specify the minimum acceptable level of sophistication of noise modelling so to provide consistency across different groups of airports

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On 8 November Airbus Helicopters' prototype unmanned VSR700, which is based on the Guimbal Cabri G2, made its first flight in the south of France

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Will Hosie is seeking to build a Supermarine S5 replica like the one his father, Bill operated (and lost his life in, after the aircraft suffered in-flight structual failure unrelated to its basic design)

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After considering the responses of over 100 parties from around the country, the CAA have announced they will be refining some elements of the process

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The number of deaths related to US civil aviation accidents increased to 393 in 2018 from 347 the previous year, according to preliminary statistics released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

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Launched along with the CAA's national drone registration scheme, 'Drones Reunited' is a platform to 'help recover the thousands of drones lost in the UK each year'

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British Aerobatics has once more joined forces with the Boultbee Flight Academy for its fourth lottery draw to win a flight in a two-seat Spitfire and an overnight stay and dinner for two at Goodwood Hotel

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On 11 November, Boeing claimed its 737 MAX jets could be flying again by January 2020 as safety checks on the aircraft's flight software reach completion

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Ryanair has withdrawn three of its 737-800 aircraft from service after discovering cracks between the aircraft's fuselage and wing

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After a two-week surprise shutdown from 11 November reported in the January edition of Pilot magazine, Mooney Aircraft has reopened its Kerrville, Texas main manufacturing facility, but it is not clear if the entire workforce has been reinstated or just the production line workers

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The first two of 100 Tecnam P2012 Travellers ordered by US operator and launch customer Cape Air arrived in the USA at the beginning of October after a 4,000nm ferry flight

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Coventry University is researching Loss of Control In Flight (LOC-I) and is looking for a further batch of ATPL volunteers with FBW experience for Phase II of its programme

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Embraer's new Praetor 500 business jet was granted FAA and EASA certification at the end of September

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Mike Jerram 1945 - 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019

It is with great sadness we must report the death of Mike Jerram, Pilot magazine's longest serving contributor and editor

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London-based Colibri Aircraft, which specialises in the marketing, resale and purchase of private aircraft, estimates that between now and 2038 the UK will need to find around 2,500 new business aviation pilots to meet growing demand for private air transport

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Raisbeck Engineering has introduced a new 96in diameter composite five-blade swept propeller for Beechcraft King Air 200/B200/B200GT series aircraft

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At October's National Business Aviation Convention in Las Vegas, Textron Aviation reported a delay in the development schedule of its Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop, which had been expected to make its first flight before year's end

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Bye Aerospace Chief Executive Officer George E Bye reports further progress with the eFlyer 2 prototype's flight test programme

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For publication in the January edition of Pilot magazine, please send details of events you are running from 9 December 2019 up to end April 2020 to philip.whiteman@archant.co.uk

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Pilatus reveal new PC-12 model

Friday, November 8, 2019

Pilatus unveiled a new PC-12 NGX model at October's NBAA Convention, and had the first production aircraft on display at North Las Vegas Airport

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David Cockburn has been appointed the new Head of Training for the LAA's flagship Pilot Coaching Scheme

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The programme will explore the current threat posed by hostile drones and how this is likely to evolve in future, in addition to evaluating a range of technologies that could form a future RAF counter-drone capability

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In September Airbus Helicopters delivered its 1,000th H215 Super Puma, and Leonardo handed over the 1,000th production AW139

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Breaking First Garmin Autoland for GA

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Autoland autonomous flight technology is designed to land an aircraft when the pilot cannot

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Air Race E will be attending the Dubai Air Show from November 17-21 in association with Official Founding Partner Airbus

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