Norwegian Air Shuttle is preparing to set up a transatlantic operation with its registration and its corporate HQ in Ireland. It won’t operate out of Ireland, but it has applied to the Irish Aviation Authority for an Irish air operator’s certificate and to the US Department of Transportation for a foreign air carrier permit to […]
UK air navigation service provider NATS has just achieved a “world first” by winning approval to operate time-based aircraft separation on runway approaches at London Heathrow airport. So what? Well, if your airport is not operating at full capacity, this doesn’t provide you with much of an advantage. But if, like Heathrow, you are operating […]
After I stated my reservations (see blog entry beneath this one) about the European Cockpit Association’s approach to the multi-crew pilot licence (MPL), the ECA wrote to me about it. I asked their permission to publish their letter and they agreed, so here it is: “We have read with great interest your latest blog on […]
The European Cockpit Association has issued a judgement on the Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) that is condemnatory in almost every respect. I have almost always agreed with the ECA’s judgement on operational matters, but on this I think they are just plain wrong in almost everything they say. I haven’t got time right now to […]
Airline fatal accidents hit an all-time low in 2012, but last year the airlines proved they couldn’t keep safety at that level for long. In fact the 2012 figures had broken safety records so convincingly that Flight International predicted the figures would probably be a one-year “spike”. Maybe it was, but not a dramatic one […]
If you’re an airline pilot, how long before you’re replaced by automation? … or evicted from the flightdeck and consigned to a remote workstation to “fly” your aeroplane(s) remotely, like military pilots controlling a drone? Is the money you’re investing in a $150,000 ATPL course going to be worth it? Find out here (unless you […]
Working with UK-based flight training organisation CTC and Middlesex University, EasyJet is going to be the first airline to embrace pilot graduates of the newly accredited BSc in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice. Successful applicants will find the first two parts of the training course run by CTC is virtually the same as it would be […]
This debate about runway capacity in the UK’s South East is endless and wearying, and it hasn’t finished yet. Not by a long chalk. And delay is the problem. Put “Heathrow” into the “search” facility for this blog and you will find I have always said that the longer it takes for a decision to […]
In 1968 a Hawker Siddeley Trident was certificated to fly a category II autoland, permitting landing in fog with some forward visibility. By 1975 it had been cleared for category IIIB, which means it could land completely blind, and the exercise was only limited by the fact that the pilot needed sufficient visibility to taxi […]
If you want to know where you are going it helps to know where you came from. British Airways has its own Heritage Centre at its London Heathrow headquarters at Waterside. Anyone can visit, but you have to contact them to arrange it. It’s called the Speedbird Centre. One of the best exhibits is your […]
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