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RAF marks 80th anniversary of Battle of Britain

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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]

G-FBEJ Embraer E195

AAIB raises concerns over Flybe evacuation

Air Safety

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]

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Teesside confirms Bourgas & Majorca flights for Summer 21

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Teesside Airport (MME/EGNV) has confirmed its first two flights of the Summer 2021 season. Balkan Holidays will return with twice-weekly flights operating on a Thursday and Saturday giving holidaymakers extra flexibility with 7, 10, 11 or 14 day holidays to Bulgaria. Chris Rand, Sales and Marketing Manager, Balkan Holidays said: [read more]

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New Routes

BA to take on Virgin in Pakistan

British Airways (BA/BAW) has announced that it plans to added a second route to Pakistan, from London Heathrow to Lahore. The move comes just days after Virgin Atlantic announced that it was launching services to [read more]

Air Travel

Bulgaria - Sunny Beach
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Teesside confirms Bourgas & Majorca flights for Summer 21

Teesside Airport (MME/EGNV) has confirmed its first two flights of the Summer 2021 season. Balkan Holidays will return with twice-weekly flights operating on a Thursday and Saturday giving holidaymakers extra flexibility with 7, 10, 11 or 14 day holidays to Bulgaria. Chris Rand, Sales and Marketing Manager, Balkan Holidays said: [read more]

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Thomas Cook officially launches as a Travel Agent

Thomas Cook has officially relaunched as an online only travel agent operated by Chinese travel giant Fosun. We revealed last week that plans were at an advanced stage to relaunch the brand which Fosun bought the rights for £11m when the travel company collapsed last year. There will be no [read more]

Engineering & MRO

Aerial view of Stage 3 Flowline of single aisle in Broughton. (Image: Airbus)
Engineering & Leasing

Airbus boss warns of compulsory job losses

Airbus Chief Executive, Guillaume Faury, has warned staff that “it’s unlikely that voluntary departures will be enough” as it seeks to cut its workforce to survive the current crisis in the aviation industry. Airbus is seeking to cut around 15,000 jobs around the world with 1,670 of those to go [read more]

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Civil Aviation

Boeing asks for eight Dreamliners to be grounded

Boeing has asked for eight of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which are in use with airlines, to be pulled out of service due to a manufacturing problem it has discovered. The Seattle-based airframer has not disclosed the exact nature of the problem but it is understood to be two [read more]

Boeing 737 Max (Image: The Aviation Media Agency)
Engineering & Leasing

EASA to begin Boeing 737 Max Tests

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has said it will begin testing the Boeing 737 Max from the 7th September 2020 in a bid to get the aircraft cleared to fly again. The latest variant of the best selling Boeing 737 family has been grounded since March 2019 following [read more]

Military Aviation

Image shows a BBMF fly past at the the Battle of Britain Service at Westminster Abbey. ©Crown Copyright
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]

Air Safety

Two Nimrod Tragedies – 11 years apart

The 2nd of September is a sombre day for the team at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland because of two tragedies, 11 years apart to the day. The base is home to 120 Squadron (previously at RAF Kinloss) and was one of the former homes of the RAF Nimrod, a submarine [read more]

Royal Air Force Typhoon Display Team
Air Safety

RAF Typhoons launched to intercept Ryanair flight

Two Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons were launched on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) earlier this evening to intercept Ryanair flight FR7364. The two aircraft took off from RAF Conningsby along with an RAF Voyager tanker from RAF Brize Norton. The tasking was to a Laudamotion Airbus A320 (OE-LMB), which was [read more]

General Aviation

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

G-FBEJ Embraer E195
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]

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

US report says Boeing put profit before safety with 737 Max

The publication of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee report on the 737 Max says that Boeing put the profits of Wall Street and pressure to compete with European rival Airbus ahead of vital safety updates to the flawed flight control software. Unveiling the report, Committee chairman, Rep. Peter DeFazio [read more]

BA113 dumping fuel over the Bristol Channel (Img: Philip Dawson)
Air Safety

BA flight from Heathrow to New York in-flight emergency

British Airways (BA/BAW) flight 113 from Heathrow to New York JFK is currently on it’s way back to Heathrow after declaring an emergency over Wales. The aircraft, a Boeing 777 G-VIIC, was climbing to its cruise altitude when it suddenly started to descend down to 10,000ft, declaring an emergency and [read more]

Space

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]

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]

Wales

Cardiff Airport
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Wales adds 3 more Greek islands to growing quarantine list

The Welsh Government has added 3 more Greek islands to the list of countries that require 14-days of self-isolation on return. Santorini, Serifos and Tinos now join those already on the list which includes Zante. In a statement, Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, said: “Yesterday I reviewed [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]

Northern Ireland

An Aer Lingus Regional flight operated by Stobart Air
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

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]

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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Mars 2020: Perseverance and Ingenuity

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