Oshkosh 2018: the final facts & figures

The final facts & figures are in for July’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow, trade show and fly-in, and they make fascinating reading of what’s now a huge event and big business. Attendance: Approximately 601,000, nearly two percent above of 2017’s record total. Total aircraft: More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central …

Aston Martin reveals stunning hybrid-electric flying car concept

+VIDEO So Aston Martin is no longer just a maker of fine sports cars, it’s a ‘brand’. So says Aston Martin when it revealed its Volante Vision Concept, an aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities, at the Farnborough International Airshow yesterday. The Volante Vision Concept is a near future study of a flying autonomous hybrid-electric vehicle for urban …

Compulsory Purchase Order for Wellesbourne

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is living up to its promise to safeguard Wellesbourne Airfield and has begun compulsory purchase order (CPO) proceedings for the site. The District Council has written to Mr M Littler, one of the owners of the site, to inform him of the District Council’s intention to commence negotiations with Littler Investments Limited with a view to purchasing …

Blackpool seeks funding for airport development

Blackpool Council is looking to secure £28.8m for the first stage of its Masterplan for the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone. The Masterplan, approved in February 2018, sets out the 25-year lifespan of Blackpool Airport’s Enterprise Zone (BAEZ) status. The council says the BAEZ will utilise growth and business rates to deliver: 270,000sq m new floorspace An estimated 5,000 new jobs …

Test pilot John Farley RIP

John Farley, the former test pilot and FLYER contributor, died earlier this week. John was most noted for the Harrier jump jet test programme and for his displays, including the ‘Farley Takeoff’. Accortding to the history society of Dunsfold Airfield, where John did much of his test flying and later became airfield manager, he would hover the aircraft at around …

NASA to work with Uber on air taxi plan

NASA is to work with Uber to explore concepts and technologies for future air transport in cities – Uber’s ‘Elevate’ project. Uber will share its plans for implementing an urban aviation rideshare network, while NASA will use the latest in airspace management computer modelling and simulation to assess the impacts of small aircraft – from delivery drones to passenger aircraft with …

All change for aerobatics at White Waltham

Mike and Emily Collett, former British champions and members of the British Advanced Aerobatics team, have taken over Alan Cassidy’s aerobatics business at White Waltham airfield. Alan has run Freestyle Aviation at White Waltham for more than 25 years, and is a four-times British aerobatics champion. Alan has also written the definitive book on aerobatics Better Aerobatics, as well as …

Cotswold Airport building GA activity with GPS approach

With all the uncertainty facing many UK airfields, it’s cheering to hear of one that’s planning for the future. Cotswold Airport – Kemble to many of us – is pursuing a policy of developing its General Aviation facilities and businesses, and wants to attact more GA movements. The new airport manager, Christian Ackroyd, a resident GA pilot himself, has a …

Google boss announces Cora air taxi to start tests in New Zealand

The US start-up financed by Google co-founder Larry Page, Kitty Hawk, has announced its first product, Cora. It’s a self-flying, all-electric, vertical take-off and landing air taxi – and it’s about to start trials in New Zealand with the full cooperation and support of the NZ government. Watch Kitty Hawk’s video of Cora here. “After almost 8 years of engineering, …

Hangar Homes to press on with Solent Daedalus plan

Businessman Peter Day has refuted safety and security claims made by Fareham Borough Council in its refusal of his plan to build five ‘live/work’ hangar homes on Solent Daedalus Airport. Planning permission for the units was granted in late February by Gosport Borough Council. However, despite the land being into Gosport’s area, the airport landlord is the adjacent Fareham Borough …