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Ryanair to launch flights from Teesside Airport in 2021

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Teesside Airport has confirmed that Irish budget airline Ryanair (FR/RYR) will be launching flights from the airport in June 2021. Ryanair will be operating to two destinations, Palma De Mallorca and Alicante. The first flight will depart Teesside on the 4th June 2021. The announcement was made by Mayor Ben [read more]

Outgoing IAG CEO Willie Walsh (Image: IAG)

Willie Walsh to be proposed as new IATA chief

Civil Aviation

Former British Airways and International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh is set to be become the next General and Chief Executive of IATA. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is holding its annual meeting today where Mr Walsh will be proposed as the successor to outgoing Alexandre de Juniac [read more]

British Airways Boeing 747 on fire at Castellon

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A British Airways Boeing 747-400 has caught fire at eCubes facility at Castellon Airport. The aircraft is one of several ex-British Airways Boeing 747 aircraft being scrapped by Vale of Glamorgan based company, eCube, at their Spanish base. Images show a large fire at the front of aircraft but it [read more]

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Ben Houchen at Teesside International Airport
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Ryanair to launch flights from Teesside Airport in 2021

Teesside Airport has confirmed that Irish budget airline Ryanair (FR/RYR) will be launching flights from the airport in June 2021. Ryanair will be operating to two destinations, Palma De Mallorca and Alicante. The first flight will depart Teesside on the 4th June 2021. The announcement was made by Mayor Ben [read more]

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Loganair moves Isle of Man flight from City to Heathrow

Loganair is moving its daily service from London to Isle of Man service from London City Airport (LCY/EGLC) to London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) from 1st December. As previously reported by us Loganair had been targeting flights at London Heathrow but slots have now been approved. Flights to the Isle of Man [read more]

Engineering & MRO

BA Airbus aircraft parked at Palma (Image: The Aviation Centre)
Engineering & Leasing

In Pictures: British Airways aircraft stored at Palma

British Airways (BA/BAW) like many airlines has had to store a large number of its aircraft due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and this winter, will store even more. But you cant just store aircraft long term at any old place and the UK’s climate is certainly not the best. While [read more]

LEAP engines on a Boeing 737 Max (Image: Aviation Media Agency)
Engineering & Leasing

FAA clears Boeing 737 Max to return to service

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has cleared Boeing’s 737 Max family to fly once again following its grounding in March 2019. The type was grounded last year following two fatal crashes attributed to the systems designed to compensate for aerodynamic changes and the types larger engines. The so-called ‘Maneuvering Characteristics [read more]

Civil Aviation

EasyJet cuts winter schedule in wake of new lockdown

Budget airline EasyJet (U2/EZY) has said it will operate just 20% of its normal winter program in the wake of the latest Lockdown and travel restrictions. England is in Lockdown until 2nd December with non-essential international air travel outlawed as it in Wales also. Scotland’s first minister has also said [read more]

Military Aviation

Sqn Ldr Tom Bould is the New Red 1 for 2021 (Image: MOD/Crown Copyright 2020)
Airshow News

New Red 1 announced by Red Arrows

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT), The Red Arrows, have announced a new Red 1 for 2021. Squadron Leader Tom Bould, a former frontline Typhoon Pilot, takes over the role from outgoing Red 1 Martin Pert on the 12th October. 39-year-old Tom Bould hails from Bradford, West Yorkshire joined [read more]

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Military

RAF marks 80th anniversary of Battle of Britain

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has marked the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a special service in Westminster Abbey and a flypast over London. The Battle of Britain was thought in the skies over the UK between 10th July and 31st October 1940. The 15th September 1940 [read more]

General Aviation

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Air Safety

Man dies in Scottish gyrocopter crash

Police Scotland has confirmed that the pilot of a gyrocopter has died after his aircraft went down near Avoch at 12:55pm. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services. He was the sole occupant of the gyrocopter. A spokesperson from the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has [read more]

Old Sarum Airfield
General Aviation

Skydiving resumes at Old Sarum as businesses start to reopen

GoSkydive, the UK’s leading leading Tandem Skydiving centre, has announced that they have reopened and tandem skydiving has resumed at its base at Old Sarum airfield. Old Sarum closed to private General Aviation in 2019 but GoSkyDive has remained operating from the site operating its skydive experiences in accordance with [read more]

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General Aviation

CAA updates guidance on dual flights & training

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has updated its guidance on Dual Flying and Training Flights for private pilots and general aviation. The guidance comes as the go-ahead to resume dual flights comes into force on 4th July in England. Public Health England still recommends keeping 2 metres apart under Social [read more]

Air Sports

Air Safety

AAIB sending team to Cumbria glider crash

The Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) is sending a team to the site of a glider accident in Cumbria. The aircraft crashed yesterday (7th August) near Kirkland Cumbria and is understood to have suffered substantial damage. The pilot is believed to have been the sole occupant.

Air Sports

Darth Vader to return to Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The organisers of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta have announced that they have raised enough money to bring the infamous Darth Vader balloon back to Bristol. The Star Wars based special shape was built by Bristol-based Cameron Balloons under a project with the codename “Head One” and unveiled in 2007. [read more]

Air Safety

Alauda Airspeeder debut ends in crash at Goodwood

The Alauda Airspeeder 4 electric flying racing car was due to make its debut at Goodwood’s festival of speed last weekend but a test flight last Thursday ended in a crash. As we reported last week, the AAIB said it was sending a team to the site of an Unmanned Aerial [read more]

Air Safety

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Air Safety

Man dies in Scottish gyrocopter crash

Police Scotland has confirmed that the pilot of a gyrocopter has died after his aircraft went down near Avoch at 12:55pm. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services. He was the sole occupant of the gyrocopter. A spokesperson from the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has [read more]

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Air Safety

AAIB raises concerns over Flybe evacuation

The report into a Flybe flight to Alicante last year that had to be evacuated on take-off has raised concerns over the evacuation after some passengers faced a “large-drop” from the Wing. The incident happened 28th February 2019 at Exeter Airport when the crew aborted the take-off after smoke started [read more]

Space

European Large Logistics Lander
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European Space Agency – Airbus Contract for Crucial Build

Last month we witnessed significant progress in humanity’s latest space venture. As far as off-world international co-operation goes, this is the largest team exercise for more than 20 years. The inter-continental collaboration which constructed and now operates ISS is now eclipsed by a new task: Put feet back on the [read more]

Features

Mars 2020: Perseverance and Ingenuity

Our solar neighbour is a popular subject of science-fiction. Martians have been the topic of countless stories over the last century. The prospect of humanity exploring and prospering beyond the thinly veiled blue planet is our ultimate goal. After all, we only stepped outside the caves to see what was [read more]

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Features

Valentina Tereshkova: A Legend in Our Time

On 16th June 1963, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova broke boundaries and set multiple records which, to this day, have not been broken. Valentina (Valya) Tereshkova was born 6th March 1937 in Maslennikovo, Central Russia. At the time of her birth both parents worked on farmland. Her father, Vladimir Tereshkov, was [read more]

Wales

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Cardiff Airport News

Wales bans leisure travel from Cardiff Airport

The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced plans for travel restrictions for when Wales comes out of its “firebreak” lockdown on 9th November including a a ban on non-essential international air travel. The announcement means that all holiday flights from the Welsh Government owned airport will be cancelled this [read more]

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Cardiff Airport News

Cardiff Airport reconnects with Belfast

Eastern Airways (T3/EZE) has announced that it will be launching a direct service from Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) to Belfast City (BHD/EGAC) in January, replacing a route lost when Flybe collapsed. Operating daily during the week, as well as with a flight on Sunday, the flight will be operated by a [read more]

A British Airways Boeing 747 prepares to depart Cardiff Airport (Aviation Media Agency)
Cardiff Airport News

Double departure for BA Boeing 747’s

Thursday is expected to see a double depature for British Airways’ Boeing 747’s as two more of the type leave the fleet to head off to the scrapyard. G-BYGE, one of the youngest of BA’s 747s, is expected to finally depart from Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) for the short flight to [read more]

Scotland

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Air Safety

Man dies in Scottish gyrocopter crash

Police Scotland has confirmed that the pilot of a gyrocopter has died after his aircraft went down near Avoch at 12:55pm. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services. He was the sole occupant of the gyrocopter. A spokesperson from the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has [read more]

Air China Boeing 777-300 (Aviation Media Agency)
Civil Aviation

Air China charters to Edinburgh and Heathrow

Air China (CA/CCA, the flag carrier of China, is adding another series of charters from Mainland China to the UK. The planned charter flights to Edinburgh (EDI/EGPH) and London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) cover the period from the tomorrow through to the end of July. They will be operated by a mixture [read more]

Northern Ireland

An Aer Lingus Regional flight operated by Stobart Air
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Manchester to Belfast City route takes off

The new Manchester (MAN/EGCC) to Belfast City Airport (BHD/EGAC) t route has got underway today when the first of four daily return services took off The Aer Lingus Regional service is operated by Stobart Air using an ATR72-600. Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said: “It’s great to see [read more]

Loganair Embraer E145
Civil Aviation

Loganair increases Belfast City routes

Loganair (LM/LOG) is re-establishing the Belfast City to Glasgow Airport route. The service, which starts on 4th September, will operate twice-daily Monday to Friday and a single flight on a Saturday using an Embraer EMB145 Regional Jet. The routes from Belfast City to Aberdeen and Inverness are due to restart [read more]

Aer Lingus A320 at Dublin Airport
Air Safety

Aer Lingus under fire over packed flights

Irish carrier Aer Lingus (EI/EIN) has come under fire after images appeared on social media showing a packed flight from London to Belfast. The images posted on twitter by BBC NI journalist Kelly Bonner show a packed flight with most of the seats taken in breach of social distancing guidelines. [read more]

Channel Islands

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Channel Islands

Aurigny to stay grounded until September

Guernsey-based airline Aurigny (GR/AUR) has confirmed its flights will remain grounded until the end of August. The airline says that the disruption to flights is as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and that its grounding until the end of summer is in line with the Coronavirus Exit Strategy produced [read more]

Airshow News

BEA Airbus A319 to fly at Jersey airshow

British Airways has announced that its baby retro jet, the BEA Airbus A319, will fly at the Jersey Airshow this September. The specially painted Airbus A319 G-EUPJ has been painted in the British European Airways (BEA) livery as part of the airlines 100 year anniversary, BA100. BEA was was one [read more]

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