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Denmark and Canary Islands deemed safe by UK

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The Canary Islands and Denmark are some of the destinations that have been removed from the Coronavirus Quarantine list for the UK. The news means that tourists visiting the popular Spanish islands will now no longer need to quarantine for 14-days on return to the UK with the same applying [read more]

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TUI targets a regional return to Sharm El Sheikh in 2021

Civil Aviation

TUI UK along with TUI Airways UK is targeting a return to Egypt’s Sharm-El-Sheikh resort from regional airports next year. The airline currently has a flight program to the region from major airports including Manchester, Birmingham and London Gatwick but has postponed a regional return several times. If plans proceed [read more]

British Airways will phase out older aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400 over the next few years

British Airways 747 to become a film set

Civil Aviation

After days of speculation it has now been confirmed that British Airways Boeing 747-400 G-CIVW will see out its days as a film set at Dunsfold Park. Dunsfold Park is perhaps most famous as the home of BBC One’s Top Gear but the site is also home to Aviation Filming [read more]

Cardiff Airport

A Horrible Christmas in the car parks at regional airports

News

A number of regional airports could see their long-stay car parking turned into performance areas this Christmas as stage companies look for alternative outside venues. Bristol Airport (BRS/EGGD) is one location to be announced as a “Car Park Party” venue and will, quite fittingly, play host to “Horrible Christmas” on [read more]

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Maldives
News

Denmark and Canary Islands deemed safe by UK

The Canary Islands and Denmark are some of the destinations that have been removed from the Coronavirus Quarantine list for the UK. The news means that tourists visiting the popular Spanish islands will now no longer need to quarantine for 14-days on return to the UK with the same applying [read more]

London Luton Terminal
Civil Aviation

Luton Airport sees a 66% drop in passengers

London Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW) has reported a drop in passengers numbers of 66% in September 2020 compared to the previous year. The drop is largely down to the travel restrictions in place to tackle the spread of coronavirus and the impact it is having on passenger confidence. The airport says [read more]

British Airways Airbus A380-800 G-XLEC (Image: Aviation Media Agency)
Civil Aviation

British Airways fined record £20m for data breach

The UK’s Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has fined British Airways £20m, the biggest ever issued, following a data breach in 2018 that saw the personal details of over 400,000 customers exposed. The data loss was as a result of a cyber attack on the airline but the ICO found that [read more]

Engineering & MRO

Boeing demonstrated the 787-8 with a near vertical take-off (Image: Aviation Media Agency)
Engineering & Leasing

Boeing’s Q3 deliveries drop 55% on last year

The number of aircraft delivered by Boeing in the 3rd Quarter of 2020 has dropped 55% compared the same period last year. Figures from Boeing show that they delivered just 28 commercial aircraft during the 3rd quarter and just 98 aircraft so far in 2020. Boeings deliveries have been hit [read more]

A330-900-TAP (Image: G.Housse/Airbus)
Engineering & Leasing

A330 in focus as Airbus delivers 1500th

Airbus delivered the 1500th Airbus A330 airliner on the 21st September to US Airline Delta (DL/DAL) marking the latest milestone in this pioneering and hugely popular product line. In this article, we look back at the beginnings of the A330 and its 2014 reboot. A300 Replacement The Airbus A330 was [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]

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]

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]

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
News

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

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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]

Cardiff Airport
News

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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