A British Airways Boeing 777-200 takes off from London Heathrow
News

All passengers arriving into the UK must self-quarantine

British prime minister Boris Johnson has announced that all international passengers arriving into England must self-quarantine, including those who have been fully vaccinated until they obtain a negative PCR test result. Wales has said that it will introduce travel restrictions in the same way as the UK Government announced & [read more]

Civil Aviation

Luton Airport awarded Level 3 Carbon Accreditation

London Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW) has been awarded Level 3 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme in response to its efforts to cut the carbon footprint of the North London airport. The airport is aiming for net carbon neutrality by 2026 but has already switched to 100% renewable energy to power [read more]

A Flybe Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 (Image: TransportMedia UK)
News

First aircraft for Flybe V2.0 arrives at Birmingham

The first Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft for the new incarnation of Flybe has today arrived at Birmingham Airport (BHX/EGBB) ahead of plans to begin commercial flights. Birmingham Airport was announced as the new headquarters and base of the airline, which bought the rights to the Flybe name, last week. The [read more]

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Civil Aviation

Ryanair: Buy One Get One Free Black Friday deal

Ryanair has today launched a massive ‘Buy One Get One Free’ deal for Black Friday with 1 million seats available in the offer. The offer comes on Day 4 of Ryanair’s cyber week and sees passengers being able to treat a loved one to a trip to one of 1,000 [read more]

A Boeing 747-8i in Lufthansa Retro colours
Air Safety

How to improve commercial aviation safety

It goes without saying that keeping aviation and passengers safe is the top priority of the industry. All decisions and authorizations, from new aircraft designs and airport procedures to individual flight plan approvals, are made with this in mind. Aviation safety and security is integral to everything that happens in [read more]

Johnny Johnson (Image: Kath Fisher)
News

The last dambuster turns 100

The last surviving British dambuster Sqn Ldr George ‘Johnny’ Johnson MBE DFM turns 100 today, 25th November. Johnny Johnson joined the Royal Air Force in 1940 and qualified as a gunner as part of 97 Squadron at Woodhall Spa. He later joined 617 Squadron and flew on Operation Chastise, the [read more]

Eastern Airways ATR72-600 (Image:Eastern/Brad Simpson)
Civil Aviation

Eastern Airways confirms Gatwick – Newquay air link

Regional airline Eastern Airways (T3/EZE) has officially confirmed that it will be launching a direct service between London Gatwick and Cornwall Newquay Airport under a Public Service Obligation (PSO). The new service will launch on the 15th December and will initially operate daily before increasing to twice-daily from mid-January. Under [read more]

Air Travel

A British Airways Boeing 777-200 takes off from London Heathrow
News

All passengers arriving into the UK must self-quarantine

British prime minister Boris Johnson has announced that all international passengers arriving into England must self-quarantine, including those who have been fully vaccinated until they obtain a negative PCR test result. Wales has said that it will introduce travel restrictions in the same way as the UK Government announced & [read more]

Engineering & MRO

Flybe Birmingham Base
Civil Aviation

Flybe appoints Ground handling agent at Birmingham Airport

Flybe has reached another milestone in its bid to bring the airline back to the skies by appointing Assured Aviation Services as its ground handling agent at Birmingham Airport. The deal will see 100 local jobs being created for the Warwickshire based company who handle all Flybe’s ground requirements from [read more]

Engineering, Leasing & Finance

Airbus woe as more airlines report A350 paint issue

Concern has been raised over early skin degradation on Airbus A350 models after a problem first reported by Qatar Airways has resulted in them grounding 20 of their 53 A350 aircraft. The issue has been visualised by external paint cracking, particularly around areas where external probes join the fuselage. Other [read more]

Airbus A321neo (Image: Airbus)
Engineering, Leasing & Finance

Dubai Airshow: More orders roll in for Airbus

Following on from the first day massive order for 255 aircraft, Airbus has maintained momentum with more orders on days two and three. Monday saw a Letter of Intent (LoI) signed by Air Lease Corportation (ALC) for 111 aircraft from across Airbus’ current product catalogue. The list is made up [read more]

Military Aviation

F35B Lightning II (Image: Lockheed Martin)
Air Safety

British F35 lost at sea after pilot ejects

A British F35B has crashed into the Mediterranean sea after its pilot was forced to eject from the aircraft. The pilot was safely rescued from the sea. No other aircraft or hostile action is believed to have caused the crash of the aircraft after taking off from the British aircraft [read more]

General Aviation

A typical flight tracking scene from FlightAware
General Aviation

FlightAware agrees sale to Collins Aerospace

The leading flight tracking website, FlightAware is to be sold to Collins Aerospace for an undisclosed amount after the Raytheon Technologies-owned company signed a definitive agreement to purchase the privately-owned business. FlightAware has been a market leader since it was created in 2005 and its flight tracking technology is used by [read more]

Air Safety

Two killed in Goodwood crash

Two men have been killed when the light aircraft they were in came down near Goodwood yesterday evening. The accident occurred just after 4:30pm yesterday and despite the best efforts of the emergency services the two men, 65 and 58, were pronounced dead at the scene. Local Fire & Ambulance [read more]

Air Sports

Ben Murphy of Great Britain performs during the finals at the seventh round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States on October 7, 2018.
Air Sports

WCAR Air Race to operate on Carbon Net-Zero fuel

The World Championship Air Race (WCAR) which launches in 2022 has announced the aircraft will operate on a new carbon net-zero aviation fuel. WCAR has partner with Prometheus Fuels to use its Titan Fuel Forge™ technology to create ‘fuel from air’. It does this by reclaiming atmospheric carbon through a [read more]

The Wales National Airshow held annually at Swansea Bay
Air Sports

Wales Airshow cancelled for 2021

Organisers of the Wales Airshow have announced that the 2021 event has been cancelled. The airshow was due to take place in July along Swansea seafront but like many events, has fallen victim to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Airshow organisers Swansea Council say that the event will now return 2nd [read more]

Air Sports

Red Arrows return to UK & where to see them in 2021

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) The Red Arrows returned to their UK home at RAF Scampton earlier this week after gaining their Public Display Authority (PDA) for 2021. The team has been undergoing pre-season training in Greece to perfect their routines and before this years display routines were [read more]

Air Safety

A Boeing 747-8i in Lufthansa Retro colours
Air Safety

How to improve commercial aviation safety

It goes without saying that keeping aviation and passengers safe is the top priority of the industry. All decisions and authorizations, from new aircraft designs and airport procedures to individual flight plan approvals, are made with this in mind. Aviation safety and security is integral to everything that happens in [read more]

F35B Lightning II (Image: Lockheed Martin)
Air Safety

British F35 lost at sea after pilot ejects

A British F35B has crashed into the Mediterranean sea after its pilot was forced to eject from the aircraft. The pilot was safely rescued from the sea. No other aircraft or hostile action is believed to have caused the crash of the aircraft after taking off from the British aircraft [read more]

Piper Malibu N264DB was owned by Fay Keely's family trust (Image: AAIB)
Air Safety

Sala Crash: Flight organiser jailed

The organiser of the flight that killed Emiliano Sala has been jailed for 18 months at Cardiff Crown Court. David Henderson 67, of Hotham, East Riding of Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to trying to arrange an unauthorised flight and was also found guilty of recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft [read more]

Space

Webb Space Telescope Ready
News

Webb Space Telescope arrives in Guiana ahead of launch

One of the most anticipated new pieces of Space hardware has arrived in French Guiana ahead of its scheduled launch on 18th December. The Webb Space Telescope (WST) is an orbiting infrared telescope that, Jean-Marc Nasr, Head of Airbus Space Systems, “will change the way we see the universe”. About [read more]

Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two
News

Virgin Galactic flights grounded after ‘mishap’

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ground Virgin Galactic flights pending an investigation into a mishap during its recent publicity flight which had, among others, Sir Richard Branson onboard. In a brief statement, the FAA said it was investigating a mishap that occurred over Spaceport America, New Mexico on [read more]

Wales

Cardiff Airport
Cardiff Airport News

Aer Lingus return to Cardiff Airport with two routes

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, is returning to Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) for the first time since 2016 reviving two routes to Northern Ireland and Eire. The new route to Belfast City will commence on 28th June and will operate four times per week on Monday, Friday, Saturday, and [read more]

Scotland

Civil Aviation

Engine fault forces Loganair’s North Sea flight to turn around

An Aberdeen to Shetland flight was forced to return to Aberdeen International Airport following a potential engine fault Thursday morning. The 06.50 am Loganair flight LM901 (18 February), was travelling to Shetland’s Sumburgh Airport when the crew received an alert of a fault with the right-hand engine. Following the alert, [read more]

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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]

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 Airlines joins the Jerusalema Challenge

Aurigny Airlines is the latest airline to join the Jersulema dance challenge which is sweeping across airlines around the world. You may have seen the video with some of the worlds biggest airlines that we featured recently but now Aurigny has raised the bar for the UK with this brilliant [read more]

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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Concordski: The history of Tupolev Tu-144 SST

by Alex Witt in Civil Aviation

It is not uncommon for people to recognise the Concorde, that divisive but ground-breaking piece of aviation engineering; yet few can name its supersonic rival. Breaking both records the Concorde seemingly claims, the Soviet Tupolev [read more]