Aviation in the United Kingdom

January 21, 2008 - 10:41am

Lobbying by U.S. helicopter manufacturers to have ICAO regulations amended to allow greater use of single-engine models over developed areas could “degrade overall safety standards,” according to Lord Glenarthur, chairman of the British Helicopter Advisory Board. Speaking at last month’s conference of the UK’s General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association (GAMTA), Lord Glenarthur said that “one or two U.S.

January 17, 2008 - 5:36am

The UK’s General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association (GAMTA) is looking for a new chief executive after the sudden resignation of Graham Forbes just a week after the group’s annual conference (see page 64). Forbes, who had led GAMTA for the past 10 years, is expected to join Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority as head of personnel licensing.

January 17, 2008 - 5:36am

The UK’s General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association (GAMTA) is looking for a new chief executive after the sudden resignation of Graham Forbes just a week after the group’s annual conference (see page 64). Forbes, who had led GAMTA for the past 10 years, is expected to join Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority as head of personnel licensing.

December 19, 2007 - 10:27am

Hawker Pacific Aerospace is expanding its service to respond to a Raytheon maintenance communiqué regarding a Hawker 800 landing gear requirement. The Sun Valley, Calif. company is adding landing gear overhaul and repair services for the aircraft. The addition is an extension of the company’s MRO capability in landing gear maintenance, repair and overhaul for commercial and general aviation aircraft.

December 18, 2007 - 12:07pm

A steady rise in traffic and load factors might seem like good news for the airline delegates gathered at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) general assembly in Vienna from September 29 to October 1. But as airlines turn to “fierce cost cutting” to attract passengers, reality muted any calls for celebration during the three-day event.

October 12, 2007 - 5:32am

John Batty, the newly appointed chief executive of the UK’s Business Aircraft Users Association (BAUA), has set himself a couple of important goals: a successful membership drive to boost the organization’s resources; and a closer and more effective working relationship with both the European Business Aviation Association and Britain’s General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association.

October 8, 2007 - 10:05am

The new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) came almost silently to life last month–as if echoing the muted expectations that many in the aviation industry have of the organization. To optimists, the new body is Europe’s answer to the FAA, promising a new regime of clear, consistent and harmonized regulations and standards.

October 4, 2007 - 11:26am

At the end of this month, Brian Humphries will take over as chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), succeeding Fernand Francois, who is retiring after 12 years in the post. Humphries, who has been EBAA chairman since 1996, will retire from his day job as managing director of Shell Aircraft, the international flight department of the Royal Dutch Shell energy group.

October 4, 2007 - 10:31am

The task force established by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) to deal with the issue of regulating fractional ownership expects to issue new proposals by next month. The task force has indicated that it is working toward “an accommodation” with the FAA, but has warned that European rules will not necessarily “mirror” the FAA’s Part 91 Subpart K regime.

October 4, 2007 - 5:44am

Instrument-rated helicopter pilots are an expensive resource, particularly in the UK. Making the jump to a helicopter instrument rating (IR) has always demanded a significant investment in instructor and aircraft time, primarily because a lack of suitable simulators meant the vast proportion of the training–in the UK at least– could only be carried out aloft.

 
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