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NATS’ clever invention will reduce delay at LHR

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 […]

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What Daily Mail passengers worry about on a BA flight

On 20 December a British Airways Airbus A321 flight from Heathrow to Glasgow suffered a serious cabin air contamination event. The pilots felt dizzy and, worried about losing consciousness, donned their oxygen masks, declared an emergency and rapidly returned to LHR where they were met by full emergency services and paramedics. The landing was fine. […]

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UK pilot union turf war

On 15 November the Independent Pilots Association launched a campaign to attract British Airline Pilots Association members. The IPA was capitalising on discontent among BALPA members about the latter’s handling of two disputes over the last three years. The first was BALPA’s dispute with British Airways over terms and conditions at its Open Skies subsidiary, […]

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Emirates on the modern airline pilot

Emirates has implemented evidence-based recurrent training for its pilots, on the grounds that it’s direly needed.   Not very many carriers have done. British Airways is soon to introduce EBT to its type rating training as well as its recurrent.   Emirates’ head of training standards David Mason told the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) flight crew training […]

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It can’t be that bad: BA is recruiting again

The last time British Airways offered wannabe pilots the chance to train for a job with the company was before 9/11. Between now and 2016, says BA head of recruitment Robin Glover, the airline needs 800 new pilots, about half of which will be newly trained. The balance will come from other carriers and the military. […]

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Concorde flies under Tower Bridge (pictures)

About half a second later we made it through. Phew! Left wingtip a bit close. Worried about the fin, too. I was on board the world’s only active Concorde simulator when I took this picture. The visual display is much better than this snapshot - taken by me on my stoneage digital camera – suggests. It’s at Brooklands museum. Yes, […]

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That last BA 757 flight in G-CPET

Capt Chris Smith, BA’s most experienced 757 captain (All pictures by Nick Morrish/British Airways)   It’s Saturday 30 October, about 1715 local time on the ramp at London Heathrow, and Capt Chris Smith is taking a picture of the aeroplane he’s just about to fly to Edinburgh and back. He’s in charge of the very last […]

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Last flight of BA’s last 757

G-CPET is the aircraft that will carry out  the last scheduled British Airways Boeing 757 revenue flight, and the timetable below charts its last working day on Saturday 30 October: BA1384 Heathrow to Manchester departing 0745 arriving 0840 BA1389 Manchester to Heathrow departing 1000 arriving 1105 BA1482 Heathrow to Glasgow departing 1215 arriving 1340 BA1487 Glasgow to Heathrow departing at 1425 and […]

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What you expect to see

If there’s one question about the BA 777 St Kitts short runway take-off I would like to have answered, it would be this: I know that there is a psychological tendency for pilots to see what they expect to see, but when the crew were arriving onto runway 07 from the south side, turning right […]

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Volcanic ash: the day we learned what it can do

It was on 24 June 1982 that the world learned, in dramatic fashion for the first time, precisely what kind of damage tropopausal volcanic ash can do to an aircraft. Since then a network of volcanic ash advisory centres – nine of them worldwide – have been set up to monitor occurrences and track their […]

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