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. …

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 …