Archive | March, 2012

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On final for the Faroes: Europe’s first RNP letdown in pictures

Atlantic Airways took delivery of its one and only Airbus A319 a bit more than a week ago. It’s fitted with special features to help get it into its remote, storm-battered, terrain-surrounded home base at Vagar, Faroe Islands. I’ve just flown in there on Atlantic’s first A319 commercial schedule serving its main route, Copenhagen – […]

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Why fly?

This was sent to me by a friend, Rory Kay who, as he says, “flies big aeroplanes for a big company”. It’s his reaction to “Why just marvel?…why not fly?” As a 54 year old pilot flying big planes for a big company, I frequently  ask myself why I am still doing it, and what […]

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Heathrow: the third runway could become inevitable

Airport expansion in the London area is firmly back on the political agenda, having been kicked into the long grass by the present coalition government when it took power. I predicted this in October two years ago. Meanwhile, saturated London Heathrow’s desirability as a major hub on the world’s great trunk routes is under threat, […]

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Why just marvel?…why not fly?

The Baltic Aviation Academy has just put into words something I have always wondered idly about but never examined: why is there such a huge number of aviation enthusiasts around the world, but relatively few of them even try to get a private pilots’ licence? Flying as a paid career is not the only way […]

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