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News

UK bans air travel from South America amid variant fears

The UK is to ban air travel from South America and Portugal from 4am tomorrow morning amid fears of a new Brazilian variant of Coronavirus. Announcing the move on social media, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “I’ve taken the urgent decision to BAN ARRIVALS from ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, BOLIVIA, CAPE VERDE, [read more]

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News

UK pushes back COVID test requirement

The UK has pushed back its requirement for all passengers arrving into England to have proof of a negative COVID test 72-hours prior to arrival. The rules were originally due to come into force today but have now been pushed back to Monday 18th January. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced [read more]

Norwegian 787 Dreamliner at London Gatwick
Civil Aviation

Norwegian: Massive job losses at Gatwick

Norwegian is to end its trans-Atlantic and Asian long-haul network as part of its restructuring process resulting in over 1,000 job losses at Gatwick Airport. The airline group which has been struggling to weather the pandemic is closing Gatwick based Norwegian Air UK which operated flights to the US, Singapore, [read more]

An Airbus A350-1000XWB touches down at Farnborough (Image: TransportMedia UK)
Engineering & Leasing

Airbus e-delivery system boosts 2020 deliveries

Due to the global pandemic Airbus found it had a problem with delivering aircraft dipping to just 14 deliveries in April 2020 so in a bid to keep deliveries flowing, Airbus developed an e-delivery system to help speed up aircraft deliveries. The system, which allows customers to receive their aircraft [read more]

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Civil Aviation

Loganair confirms ambitious Isle of Man Summer 21 schedule

Leading UK regional airline Loganair (LM/LOG) has confirmed its schedule for the Summer 2021 season from the Isle of Man (IOM/EGNS). The airline recently switched its daily London flight from London City to London Heathrow and this will increase to twice daily from 28th March 2021. Manchester sees a twice-daily [read more]

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News

Bristol Airport begins appeal of expansion rejection

Bristol Airport (BRS/EGGD) will today begin its appeal into North Somerset Council’s rejection of its planning expansion which would allow it to expand facilities at the airport. In February last year, the council voted 18-7 to reject Bristol Airports plans for expansion which would see Bristol Airport capable of handling [read more]

Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 PK-CLC (Image: Ikko Haidar Farozy/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA2.0)
Air Safety

No sign of survivors in Indonesian plane crash

Indonesian Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has said there are no signs of survivors in the crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 which happened on Saturday. The aircraft crashed just minutes after take-off from Jakarta airport after falling from 10,000ft in less than a minute. Search and Rescue teams have [read more]

Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 PK-CLC (Image: Ikko Haidar Farozy/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA2.0)
Air Safety

Indonesia Plane Crash: All know so far

An Indonesian airliner belonging to local budget airline Sriwijaya Air has crashed off the coast of Indonesia en-route from Jakarta to Pontianak. According to flight data, the aircraft suddenly dropped out of the sky from 10,000ft to sea level in about 60 seconds. The aircraft departed Jakarta at 14:36 local [read more]

Air Travel

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News

Airports warns of closure without government help

The Airport Operators Association (AOA), which represents UK airports, has warned that airports may have to close without government assistance following the removal of safe travel corridors. Some of airports in the UK have seen an almost complete drop in traffic as a result of the Coronvirus pandemic and even [read more]

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News

UK to close all safe air travel corridors

The UK Government is set to close all coronavirus travel corridors between the UK and other countries from 04:00hrs on Monday 18th January. The move means that all passengers arriving into the UK from Monday will need to quarantine for 10 days, which can be reduced to 5 if a [read more]

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News

UK bans air travel from South America amid variant fears

The UK is to ban air travel from South America and Portugal from 4am tomorrow morning amid fears of a new Brazilian variant of Coronavirus. Announcing the move on social media, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “I’ve taken the urgent decision to BAN ARRIVALS from ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, BOLIVIA, CAPE VERDE, [read more]

Engineering & MRO

An Airbus A350-1000XWB touches down at Farnborough (Image: TransportMedia UK)
Engineering & Leasing

Airbus e-delivery system boosts 2020 deliveries

Due to the global pandemic Airbus found it had a problem with delivering aircraft dipping to just 14 deliveries in April 2020 so in a bid to keep deliveries flowing, Airbus developed an e-delivery system to help speed up aircraft deliveries. The system, which allows customers to receive their aircraft [read more]

A PIA ATR 72 (PIA/Facebook)
Engineering & Leasing

PIA reaches agreement with Irish Lessor ABRIC to return one ATR early

Dublin based Aircraft Leasing specialist ABRIC has reached a conditional agreement with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) which allows the airline to return one of its leased ATR aircraft. The agreement will see PIA return an ATR72-500 to ABRIC with the contract being terminated provided PIA meets certain undisclosed conditions. The [read more]

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 G-VOWS (Image: Aviation Media Agency.)
Engineering & Leasing

Virgin begins a sale & leaseback program for 787s

Virgin Atlantic has begun a sale & leaseback program for two of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in order to free up around £70m in cash. The deal will see Griffin Global Asset Management, together with Bain Capital, purchase the two aircraft under an agreement that will see the aircraft lease [read more]

Military Aviation

Military

RAF replaces WWII Spitfire pilot’s lost heirloom

Christmas has come early for a World War II Spitfire pilot whose stolen heirloom – a photograph of him flying a Spitfire – has been replaced by the RAF. Dr Edmund James, the last surviving pilot of his Squadron, had a photograph of him flying a Spitfire stolen earlier this [read more]

A Boeing E7 Wedgetail in use with the RAAF (Image: TransportMedia UK)
Military

Lossiemouth will be UK home for E-7 Wedgetail

RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland has been announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as the UK’s home for the E-7 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control Aircraft (AEW&C) aircraft. The MOD placed an order for five of the Boeing 737-700NG based surveillance aircraft in 2019 will replace the Boeing E-3D [read more]

Military

US Navy training with RAF in Scotland

A US Navy contingent, including Poseidon and F-35 aircraft, have this week been training with the Royal Air Force in Scotland. RAF Lossiemouth, where the RAF’s recently acquired P-8A Poseidon aircraft are based, has been hosting the US detachment as part of “training and maritime security tasks”. The RAF declined [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]

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

The cockpit on Tundergarth Hill
Air Safety

Lockerbie bomber loses posthumous appeal

Scotland’s Court of Appeal has rejected both grounds of appeal that were lodged by the family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi following a review found that there may have been a miscarriage of justice. Former Libyan Intelligence Officer al-Megrahi is the only man ever convicted of the 1988 bombing on Pan Am [read more]

Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 PK-CLC (Image: Ikko Haidar Farozy/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA2.0)
Air Safety

No sign of survivors in Indonesian plane crash

Indonesian Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has said there are no signs of survivors in the crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 which happened on Saturday. The aircraft crashed just minutes after take-off from Jakarta airport after falling from 10,000ft in less than a minute. Search and Rescue teams have [read more]

Space

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Features

Interview: Thales Alenia Space Team

The number of off-world projects currently in development is staggering.Earlier this month China’s Chang-E 5 landed on the moon to collect up to 2kg of regolith samples and return them to Earth. This is a short mission – Get up, Get rocks, Get home – but even this takes years [read more]

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News

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]

Wales

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News

Wales Air Ambulance is now a 24h service

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity (WAAC) will now operate their helicopters around the clock thanks for a new double-pilot crew operation which started on the 1st December 2020. Having two pilots on crew means that the Air Ambulance can reach anywhere in Wales during the night from its bases at [read more]

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Cardiff Airport News

Wizz Air to launch budget base at Cardiff Airport

Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air is set to launch a permanent base at Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGGF) creating around 40 jobs in March 2021. The airline will offer nine routes to destinations including Alicante, Faro and Tenerife as well as seasonal routes to Corfu and Palma. Sharm El Sheikh and Lanzarote [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]

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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

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News

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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