Dale Klapmeier to step down as Cirrus boss

Cirrus co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dale Klapmeier is to step down from his current position in the first half of 2019. Klapmeier will move into a senior advisory role and concentrate on longer term strategic developments. A new CEO has yet to be named. “Re-imagining personal transportation has been our lifelong mission at Cirrus Aircraft,” said Klapmeier. “We’ve changed …

Call for airfield protection ‘same as church bells’

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) has called on the government to provide airfields with the same level of retrospective protection as churches, live music venues and farms. In a meeting between members of the Airfield Working Group and Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP, the principle of fresh planning guidance was agreed, to prevent new residents campaigning to …

Aircraft deliveries up so far in 2018

Numbers up, total value down, that’s the conclusion of the latest aircraft shipments and billings report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). In its 2018 third quarter report, GAMA said deliveries of aircraft and rotorcraft increased in the first nine months compared to the same time period in 2017 but total billings compared to the same period in 2017 …

Carlisle Lake District Airport wins award

Carlisle Lake District Airport has won the Best General Aviation Airport Award at the annual Airport Operators Association (AOA) annual conference. The award recognises GA airports that demonstrate passion and show their dedication to providing an accessible and favourite general aviation airfield over the past 12 months. Carlisle Lake District Airport has had a busy year, with the construction of …

GA, not airlines, is Blackpool’s future

+VIDEO General Aviation, not commercial air transport, is the future of Blackpool Airport, according to a new report by consultants York Aviation. The comprehensive report sets out the best opportunities to revive and secure the future of Blackpool Airport. Passenger air transport would require such a high investment in facilities and staffing that it would require 1.5 million passengers per …

Skydrive to close as Nigel Beale retires

One of the leading entrepreneurs in light aviation, Nigel Beale, is retiring and closing Skydrive, the company he runs with his family, and selling much of the stock. “It’s time!” explained Mikaela Hurtubise, Nigel’s daughter. “Nigel has given almost 40 years to this industry and we feel that it is time for him to retire and enjoy his own flying. …

Saudi Airshow, Riyadh

Name of eventSaudi Airshow Date12 – 14 March 2019 LocationThumamah Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia PPR Required?Yes Event website Commercial, Business & General Aviation,  Aerospace & Defence, Airport Infrastructure. The aim of Saudi Airshow is to further connect the Aviation and Aerospace industry to Saudi Arabia.

Blackbushe cuts landing fees, opens for night flying

It’s not often the price of something goes down but that’s exactly what Blackbushe Airport has done – cut its landing fees. “We’ve had a busy summer and have been pleased to meet and talk to many GA pilots, both at AeroExpo, and also those who have taken advantage of our discounted landing fee vouchers in Flyer Magazine, Microlight Magazine …

New pilot flight school launches at Gloucestershire Airport

A new ’boutique’ style professional pilot training academy is to open at Gloucestershire Airport later this year. Skyborne Airline Academy is being set up by Lee Woodward, previously business development director at CTC Aviation (now L3) and Ian Cooper, former operations director at CAE. Backing the operation is entrepreneur Tom Misner. Their aim is to establish the finest and most …

Aussies compete in Outback Air Race

A total of 51 teams are competing in the 2018 Classic Safari Company Outback Air Race across northern Australia, an event that takes place every three years to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The race started near Brisbane on Sunday 19 August and will finish this Friday, 31 August at the Western Australian coastal city of Broome. …