Planning policy to recognise airfields for first time

The vital role that General Aviation airfields play is to be recognised in the government’s overhaul of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), announced today. The NPPF provides planning guidance to local authorities and sets out a comprehensive approach for planners, developers and councils. The revised text includes new Paragraph 105(f) which says that planning policies should “recognise the importance …

Housing Secretary pledges review of airfield planning policy

The controversial planning policy that airfields can be considered as brownfield sites and thus ripe for housing development is to be reviewed. The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, has pledged to review planning policies relating to airfields, in a letter to Jeremy Wright QC MP, the Attorney General and thus the top legal …

Cirrus up again as GAMA releases 2017 industry figures

Sales of new piston-engine aircraft were up 6.5% in 2017 over the previous year, according to figures released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Overall, general aviation aircraft deliveries were up 2.5% year on year, although the value of those aircraft, known as ‘billings’, declined slightly, by 4.2% to $20.2 billion. The helicopter market is starting to recover …

EASA introduces Sunny Swift cartoon pilot

EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, has gone into the cartoon business. It has launched Sunny Swift, a female flying instructor, who uses her skills and knowledge as a GA pilot to mitigate risk. The first episode is below. According to Sunny Swift, about ten aircraft a year crash after running out of fuel so it’s a good idea to …

Biggin Hill raises landing fees to deter circuit training

A letter sent out by the managing director of London Biggin Hill Airport, Will Curtis, to airfield tenants and aircraft operators, has triggered a debate about the airport’s attitude towards the lighter end of General Aviation (GA). The letter announces that the previous landing fee of £23.00 for aircraft weighing up to 800kg, which covers most PPL training aircraft, is …

Top Nav 2018

Name of eventTop Nav 2018 Date12 May 2018 PPR Required?No Event website TOPNAV is a visual navigation competition for private pilots, organised by the Royal Institute of Navigation’s (RIN) General Aviation Navigation Group (GANG), and held every year in May. This year it is to be held simultaneously at Peterborough Business Airport (Conington), White Waltham, Bodmin and Solent Airport (Lee-on-Solent/Daedalus) …

Airfield update: Denham, Bournemouth, Old Warden and more

Denham Aerodrome has won the ‘Best General Aviation Airport’ title in the annual Airport Operators Association (AOA) awards. The judges said, “The aerodrome has served the GA community for decades and recently had to defend itself in the High Court against an attempt to stop helicopter training being conducted within the boundary of the aerodrome, and won the appeal. “This is …

Hangar Homes submits plans for Solent Airport

Hangar Homes developer Peter Day has confirmed that a full planning application to build ‘live-work’ housing units on Solent Airport has been submitted. “After three years and a huge investment in time and money, I am pleased to announce the very first full planning application in the UK for hangar homes on Lee-on-Solent Airfield,” said Peter. “Because the airfield is …

GAMA reports GA aircraft deliveries up amid mixed picture

Numbers of new General Aviation fixed-wing aircraft delivered during 2017 to date increased by 1.7%, and rotorcraft by 7.7%, according to figures released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) this week. However, billings declined slightly to $13.2 billion, a 2.8% decrease compared to 2016, while rotorcraft billings increased by 8.8%, to $2.7 billion. “The third quarter shipment and billing …

Now this is a cameraship! CineJet debuts

Amidst all the high-end private jets and glamour of the annual National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) show in Las Vegas this week was the launch of spectacular CineJet for air-to-air video shooting. CineJet is based on an Aero L-39 Albatros training jet, fitted with a state-of-the-art six-axis gyro-stabilised Shotover F1 camera system suspended from the nose of the aircraft. It …