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An Airbus A350-1000XWB touches down at Farnborough (Image: Aviation Media Agency)

Airbus increased deliveries in June

Engineering & Leasing

European airframer Airbus showed a small increase in deliveries for June 2020 compared to the previous month according to its half-year (H1) commercial aircraft orders & deliveries report. June saw 36 new aircraft being delivered compared to 24 in May and overall in the first half of 2020, Airbus delivered [read more]

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Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image: Etihad)
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Etihad to increase UK flights from 1st August

Leading Gulf carrier (Etihad EY/ETD) is increasing flights to the UK from the 1st August 2020 as it builds up operations after the virtual grounding due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Like many Gulf airlines, Etihad offers vital worldwide connections through Abu Dhabi allowing passengers to fly onto destinations such as [read more]

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Wizz Air flights get underway again at Southend

London Southend Airport (SEN/EGMC) welcomes Wizz Air back to its apron today with a flight to Bucharest that is scheduled to depart at 19:50 local time. The Hungarian low-cost carrier stopped flying earlier this year due to coronavirus travel restrictions but like other airlines has slowly been resuming operations. Glyn [read more]

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An Airbus A350-1000XWB touches down at Farnborough (Image: Aviation Media Agency)
Engineering & Leasing

Airbus increased deliveries in June

European airframer Airbus showed a small increase in deliveries for June 2020 compared to the previous month according to its half-year (H1) commercial aircraft orders & deliveries report. June saw 36 new aircraft being delivered compared to 24 in May and overall in the first half of 2020, Airbus delivered [read more]

Boeing 737 Max (Image: The Aviation Media Agency)
Air Safety

FAA completes first phase of 737 Max flight tests

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed three days of flight tests to begin the re-certification process of the Boeing 737 Max. The successful completion of this phase paves the way for possible recertification by the FAA for the type within weeks. In a statement, the FAA said: “During three [read more]

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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

British European Airways Trident G-ARPE (Image: Piergiuliano Chesi/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA3.0)
Air Safety

Deadliest Air Accident in UK History: 48 Years On

It has been just over 48 years since the crash of British European Airways Flight 548 which devastatingly cost the lives of all 118 people on board a BEA Hawker Siddeley Trident. The aircraft suffered a deep stall shortly after takeoff, eventually coming down just south of the busy A30 [read more]

Boeing 737 Max (Image: The Aviation Media Agency)
Air Safety

FAA completes first phase of 737 Max flight tests

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed three days of flight tests to begin the re-certification process of the Boeing 737 Max. The successful completion of this phase paves the way for possible recertification by the FAA for the type within weeks. In a statement, the FAA said: “During three [read more]

Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777 (Aviation Media Agency)
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PIA banned from flying to Europe for 6 months

Pakistan International Airlines (PK/PIA) has been banned from flying into Europe after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) suspended their authorisation to operate for 6 months. The move comes after it emerged that hundreds of pilots flying for the airline had “dubious” licences with over 260 being suspended. A spokesperson [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]

Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon are ready for launch from historic Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Centre
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Live: First astronaut launch from US soil in almost a decade

Watch live as a new era of human spaceflight gets underway when American astronauts are once again launched on an American rocket from American soil on a mission to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on [read more]

Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon are ready for launch from historic Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Centre
Features

SpaceX Crew Demo 2 – A New Beginning

This month we will see the biggest and most exciting development in human space travel this century. An event that will revitalise the space race, planting the seeds of new ideas in the minds of those who may view our lunar visits as stuff of fairy tales from long, long [read more]

Wales

KLM Embraer wearing the KLM 100 logo (Image: Aviation Media Agency)
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KLM to restart flights from more UK regional airports

Dutch flag carrier KLM is preparing to restart more flights from UK regional airports as it restores service following the Coronavirus Pandemic. Its key business route between Amsterdam (AMS/EHAM) and London City (LCY/EGLC) is set to resume on Monday 13th July. Richard Hill, London City Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: [read more]

Nordwind Boeing 777-300 (Image: John Moore)
Cardiff Airport News

Cardiff Airport gets two special visitors in one day

Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) has had two special visitors in one day, one delivering Personal Protective Equipment, the other training. The first arrival of the morning was a Nordwind Boeing 777-300 VP-BJL which brought in the latest shipment of PPE equipment for the Welsh Government. The aircraft carried around 600,000 fluid-resistant gowns [read more]

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Cardiff Airport News

Cardiff Airport appoints new Chairman

Wayne Harvey has been appointed as the new chairman of Cardiff Airport replace Roger Lewis. Mr Harvey is currently is a senior partner with Audit & Assurance specialists Deloitte and has previously worked for Ernst & Young (EY). He has a tough start to the role with the industry facing [read more]

Scotland

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]

Aerial Image of Barra Airport (Image: HIAL)
Civil Aviation

Scotland’s Airports on the front line

When you think of Scottish airports you probably think of Glasgow and Edinburgh, maybe Aberdeen if you are in the oil business. You may remember the “transatlantic gateway’ at Prestwick, but that’s it right?  I’d guess that most people would be surprised to discover that there are actually another twelve [read more]

Eastern Airways Jetstream 41 G-MAJA
Cardiff Airport News

Eastern is latest airline to suspend flights

Eastern Airways (T3/EZE) has become the latest airline to suspend flights due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as it cancels all but one flight for at least 24 days. The airline announced today that is was suspending all its passenger services with the exception of the Aberdeen to Humberside flight [read more]

Northern Ireland

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

An Aurigny Embraer Image: Aviation Media Agency)
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]

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The new digital tower control room at NATS Swanwick control centre for London City Airport is due to enter full operations service in 2019.
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Digital Air Traffic Control Towers

by Brian Jackson in Features

So what exactly is a “Digital Air Traffic Control Tower”? Basically it is a manned Air Traffic Controller facility that may or may not be on the airport,. It will utilise cameras, radar, radio/telephonephone communication [read more]
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