IAOPA Europe eNews July 2016 - Welcome to the IAOPA Europe enews which goes to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent

"Brexit" and General Aviation

By Martin Robinson, CEO of AOPA UK

So the voters decided that leaving the European Union was the best thing to do for the future of Britain.

Personally, I have mixed views but, on balance, I think being in Europe and renegotiating how Europe should service its citizens would have been the correct thing to do.

The UK will still be part of the EASA system, which means that for many aircraft owners, flying clubs and pilots there will be no change.

In fact, the UK will be in a similar position to Norway and Switzerland in that we will no longer be able to influence proposed rules, but will still have to comply with them.

So, what’s the point in leaving?

I find it strange that arguments were being made about “unelected officials in Brussels making up the rules,” and unaccountable individuals telling us what we have to do.

Well, it is the same in Whitehall – the Civil Service advises Government on many topics from schools to the NHS, and from roads to airports.

Do not be fooled into thinking that we will have more say with our own system – we do not.

I could quote many examples, but it is probably best left unsaid.

In some ways GA may be OK, because we have already been through lots of changes, but what we do not know is how our freedom of movement may be affected.

However, our ability to influence directly the Regulations and rules that affect us in aviation will unfortunately diminish over the next two years.

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AOPA Iceland Opposes Closure of Reykjavik Runway 06-24

It’s a sad day in Reykjavík. The controlling majority of Reykjavik City Council has been actively fighting the domestic airport, BIRK, for years.

In 2013, the State made an agreement with the City, stating that they would close the runway 06/24, which has proven its worth during bad landing conditions through the years.

For some reason it’s sometimes called the ‘emergency runway,’ mainly because during winter high winds and ice halt the use of other runways.

From 2013, AOPA and other pilot groups have been actively pointing this necessity out, and made progress within government levels.

However, as the State had delayed the closing of the runway, the City sued the State, taking it all the way to the High Court, which in early June ruled that the runway should be closed, in accordance with the agreement signed in 2013.

Whether by coincidence or not, the formal closing of the runway happened on 6th July , which marks the 70th anniversary of when Iceland took over control of the airport from the British forces.

AOPA Iceland and other pilot groups strongly oppose this. It has been pointed out that the original agreement was based on a report that contained erroneous assumptions, especially regarding wind velocity, directions and runway conditions.

The four other runways continue to be operated, 01/19 and 13/31, but the total utilization of the airport has been limited by some degree because of this.


Are You Ready for EASA Air Operations Deadline?

From 25 August 2016, EASA Air Operations Regulations come fully into effect. The Regulations (EU No 965/2012) already apply to Commercial Operations and from 25 August 2016 will be extended to cover Non Commercial Operations. Commission Regulation EU 800/2013 amending EU No 965/2012 and laying down the technical and administrative requirements can be found HERE.

The implementing rules are referred to as Part-NCO and will apply to non-commercial operations using non-complex aircraft. The UK CAA has set up a website intended to provide useful information about these implementing rules. The website can be found at www.caa.co.uk/nco

EASA Links to Part-NCO reference documents can be found HERE.

A major difference is the requirement for the carriage of ELT or PLB at all times on certified and EASA Permit aircraft. Other Permit aircraft operators should clarify requirements with their Regulator:

NCO.IDE.A.170   Emergency   locator   transmitter   (ELT)
(a)   Aeroplanes   shall   be   equipped   with:
 (1)   an  ELT  of  any  type,  when  first  issued  with  an  individual  CofA  on  or  before  1  July  2008; (2)   an  automatic  ELT,  when  first  issued  with  an  individual  CofA  after  1  July  2008;  or
 (3)  a  survival  ELT  (ELT(S))  or  a  personal  locator  beacon  (PLB),  carried  by  a  crew  member  or  a  passenger,  when 
certified  for  a  maximum  passenger  seating  configuration  of  six  or  less.
 (b)   ELTs  of  any  type  and  PLBs  shall  be  capable  of  transmitting  simultaneously  on  121.5  MHz  and  406  MHz.

For Helicopters:

NCO.IDE.H.170   Emergency   locator   transmitter   (ELT)
(a)   Helicopters   certified for a  maximum  passenger seating  configuration above six  shall be equipped with: 
(1)   an   automatic   ELT; and
(2)   one   survival   ELT   (ELT(S))   in   a   life-raft   or   life-jacket   when   the   helicopter is operated   at   a   distance   from   land  
corresponding  to  more  than  3  minutes  flying  time  at  normal  cruising  speed.
 (b)  Helicopters  certified  for  a  maximum  passenger  seating  configuration  of  six  or  less  shall  be  equipped  with  an  ELT(S)  or 
a  personal  locator  beacon  (PLB),  carried  by  a  crew  member  or  a  passenger.
 (c)   ELTs  of  any  type  and  PLBs  shall  be  capable  of  transmitting  simultaneously  on  121.5  MHz  and  406  MHz

If flying internationally you should check the relevant AIP for any derogations for international flights.

There may also be changes to the documents that you need to carry on your aircraft:

NCC.GEN.140   Documents,   manuals   and   information   to   be   carried

(a)  The   following   documents,   manuals   and   information   shall   be   carried   on   each   flight   as   originals   or   copies   unless  
otherwise  specified:

(1)   the   AFM,   or   equivalent   document(s);
 (2)   the   original   certificate   of   registration;
(3)   the   original   certificate   of   airworthiness   (CofA);
 (4)   the   noise   certificate; (5)   the  declaration  as  specified  in  Annex  III  (Part-ORO),  ORO.DEC.100,  to  Regulation  (EU)  No  965/2012;
 (6)   the   list   of   specific   approvals,   if   applicable;
( 7)   the   aircraft   radio   licence,   if   applicable;
 (8)   the   third   party   liability   insurance   certificate(s);
(9)   the  journey  log,  or  equivalent,  for  the  aircraft;
 (10)   details   of   the   filed   ATS   flight   plan,   if   applicable;
 (11)   current  and  suitable  aeronautical  charts  for  the  route  of  the  proposed  flight  and  all  routes  along  which  it  is 
reasonable  to  expect  that  the  flight  may  be  diverted;
(12)   procedures  and  visual  signals  information  for  use  by  intercepting  and  intercepted  aircraft; 
(13)   information  concerning  search  and  rescue  services  for  the  area  of  the  intended  flight; (14)   the  current  parts  of  the  operations  manual  that  are  relevant  to  the  duties  of  the  crew  members,  which  shall  be easily  accessible  to  the  crew  members; 
(15)   the   MEL   or   CDL;
 (16)   appropriate   notices   to   airmen   (NOTAMs)   and   aeronautical   information   service   (AIS)   briefing   documentation;
 (17)   appropriate   meteorological   information;
 (18)   cargo   and/or   passenger   manifests,   if   applicable;   and
 (19)   any  other  documentation  that  may  be  pertinent  to  the  flight  or  is  required  by  the  States  concerned  with  the flight.

(b)   In  case  of  loss  or  theft  of  documents  specified  in  (a)(2)  to  (a)(8),  the  operation  may  continue  until  the  flight  reaches  its destination  or  a  place  where  replacement  documents  can  be  provided.

Included in the EASA documents is this one, which provides guidance on the acceptable means of compliance.

The UK CAA is working on its own guide, which we hope to publish in Aircraft Owner & Pilot, August issue.


Wingly Flight Sharing Takes Off in the UK

During the AeroExpo 2016 show at Sywell, young flight sharing startup Wingly, which is already active in France and Germany, announced the official launch of its platform in the United Kingdom.

Wingly connects private pilots with passengers so they can share the cost of a flight. On the website pilots post flights they have scheduled and passengers can easily book them. Pilots on Wingly offer both A to B and discovery flights where start and destination are the same.

The aircraft pilots use on Wingly offer between two and six seats.

Co-Founder Emeric de Waziers about the vision: “We are passionated pilots, aeronautical engineers and passengers ourselves. Everybody should have the opportunity to discover the amazing experience of flying! Our goal is the democratization of light aviation.”

The following was provided by Emeric:

Wingly was launched in the UK on 1st July. The first pilot signed up before the 1st July as he heard from Wingly last summer. This was Adrien Acar. But the first “official” pilot was Nathan https://www.wingly.io/index.php?page=profile&user=11802

The number of pilots as of early July was 117. The first flight with passengers met through Wingly is scheduled for 22nd of July (but there were already flights in the UK before the official launch). There have been 10 flights offered in the UK since the launch and 3 bookings, also as of 5th July.

Wingly launched in France on 9th July, 2015, but there were regulatory problems with the syndicates and the French CAA so the project is not growing fast in France right now. We therefore decided to launch Germany 1st February as we had received a green light from the LBA (the German CAA). One of Wingly co-founders, Lars Klein, is German.

In France, we had the first flight with passengers who met through Wingly exactly one month after publicly launching the website. In Germany, it happened in a little under three weeks.

At first the company was self funded but we just closed an angel fundraising in late May to develop the product. This round was conducted with investors who are for the most part also private pilots.

Statistics for France and Germany:

- Total number of pilots: 2,500
- Total number of passengers registered: 11,100
- Total number of passengers who flew thank to Wingly: almost 800
- Pilots who saved the most money: A german pilot who saved 2,200€ and more than 10 pilots saved more than 1000€.
- Total money saved by pilots thanks to Wingly: 50,000€
- Ratings between pilots and passengers: 100% 5-star ratings.

This link provides a blog article of a pilot we interviewed. He flies in Germany and is an interesting testimonial for AOPA pilots: https://www.wingly.io/blog/en/dedicated-to-flyling-pilot-matthew-introduced/


How does it work?
Passengers on Wingly access a list of flights available in their region. Using filters, they can target specific destinations, flights and price ranges. Also, they can directly check the map to see all flights.

For each flight, profile and reviews of the pilot are shown. Moreover, Wingly asks for the medical certificate and licence of the pilot.

The website shows the latest flights to inspire users. When a flight is selected, you can simply book and pay by credit card or PayPal.

A user friendly chat system helps passengers and passengers to organize the trip. And if the flight is cancelled everybody is reimbursed.

Is flight sharing legal?
Wingly’s activity has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Pilots are allowed to share the cost of their flight: fuel, plane rental, landing and parking-fees. But pilots are not allowed to make profit through Wingly.

Why should a passenger use Wingly?
Thanks to cost sharing, private aviation is not a luxury anymore. We make it affordable for a wide public.

Taking the plane is both fast and direct. You can save a lot of time on most routes, even commuting included.

Thanks to Wingly, getting a nice lunch in Plymouth/Isle of White on a Sunday from London is now as easy as visiting Windsor Castle. Holiday destinations have never been closer.

A flight from London to the Isle of White takes 40min and costs 32£. Passengers can also enjoy amazing landscapes from above which is not possible through the little window of an airliner. Flights in smaller, single engine aircrafts are unique and fascinating: a real adventure.

Why do pilots use Wingly?
More than 2,000 pilots are already registered on Wingly in France and Germany. We help them to share their passion and cut their cost by up to 75%.

Flight hours with chartered aircrafts are quite expensive for pilots, costing at least £160, depending on the model. Hence we enable pilots to fly three times more for the same amount of money. Money should not be the limitation to a pilot’s passion.

Pilots should not fly with empty seats anymore!

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IAOPA World Assembly - Last Few Places!

The 28th World Assembly is fast approaching make sure that your affiliate has a seat at the table.

Information including agenda and guest speakers ca be found at:


If you are having problems registering, our Member Services Department is available to assist. Also, there are still some rooms available for the Ultimate AirVenture trip following World Assembly and the cost of the trip has been reduced in order to fill these remaining rooms.

We were able to cut out some of the overhead and as a result the price has been reduced making it even more attractive than planning your trip on your own. 

If you have ever wanted to go to Oshkosh, this is you chance.


$1,217 per person based on double occupancy.
$1,863 based on single occupancy.
Remember this is an exclusive opportunity; registration includes luxury accommodations, gourmet meals, private transportation and entry into AirVenture with your own tour guide.

We’ve done all the planning so you can sit back and relax and enjoy the event. 

If you have not signed up yet, now is the time to do it as remaining space is limited.

This exclusive discount is only available if you book this through our member services department. 

Contact Charles Lehman at 1-301-695-2143 or email Charles.Lehman@aopa.org.
I look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

First Dutch AOPA Fly-In was a Great Success

Airport Midden Zeeland in the very south of the Netherlands was home to the very first Dutch AOPA Fly-in which took place the 2nd July.

AOPA Netherlands offered a full day of infotainment. Both Dutch AOPA members and AOPA members of neighbouring countries were welcome.

Pilots without membership could fly in and become a member on the spot.

Although gusting winds were challenging for some, the day saw over 70 aircraft arriving from mainly the Netherlands and Belgium. Amongst them vintage planes, ultralights and helictopers, such as several Yak's, two Boeing Stearmans and a remarkable large number of ultrafast MLA's or ULA's.

During the day, visitors could enjoy presentations from Air Traffic Control, an adventurer who flew through Africa in a homebuilt aircraft  and the chairman of a space flight company.

Outside, people could enjoy various stands with exhibitors from the GA industry as well as a line-up with the newest and greatest planes from various aircraft manufacturers such as Piper, Robin, Tecnam, Pipistrel, Blackshape, Cirrus and JMB Aircraft.

The day ended with an American style barbecue.

With the airport restaurant welcoming a record amount of guests, people from the whole region enjoyed groups of aircraft waving goodbye as the great day came to an end.

Go! Aviation's First Aircraft Landed at Helsinki's Malmi Airport

The first aircraft of Go! Aviation's Pilatus fleet arrived in Finland on Tuesday 5th July.

A press conference was held at the Helsinki-Malmi airport and the first aircraft was introduced to media representatives on the apron, where the Pilatus PC-12 made its ceremonial arrival in Go! Aviation's livery at noon.

One of Go! Aviation's owners, Mika Salo, an ex-F1 driver, was attending the event.

Go! Aviation, a privately-owned 100% Finnish airline, was established in 2014. The company operates a commercial airline with the cutting-edge single-engine Pilatus PC-12 NG aircraft.

Go! Aviation flies scheduled membership flights in Europe and begins its operations from Finland in August 2016.

By 2017, the company will have destinations in at least seven countries. An Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) was granted for Go! Aviation in February 2016.


Catch up with EGNOS

The latest EGNOS bulletin is now out, see https://egnos-user-support.essp-sas.eu/new_egnos_ops/content/quarterly-bulletin

Greece Landing – for Real!

Greece is a great place for the general aviation pilot. The following article was provided by AOPA Greece and can also be seen on the association's website, at https://www.aopa.gr/en/flying-in-greece

41 airports, in the mainland and in 26 islands of Greece, 17 UNESCO world heritage sites, endless kilometers of seashores, high mountains, 300 days of sunshine and 7 months with temperatures over 20 degrees C, just one stopover away!

Why not plan your next flying vacation in Greece? Mountains, or sea? Cities, or countryside? Culture, or nightlife? In Greece you can find everything.

Take a look at some of these airports (via this LINK):

Athens Airport "El.Venizelos" (LGAV), Intl., PPR
Thessaloniki Airport "Makedonia"(LGTH), Intl.
Alexandroupoli Airport "Dimokritos" (LGAL), Intl.
Kavala Airport "M.Alexandros"(LGKV), Intl.
Kalamata Airport "Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos" (LGKL), Intl., PPR
Ioannina Airport "King Pyrros" (LGIO), Intl. PNR
Kozani Airport "Filippos"(LGKZ),
Kastoria Airport "Aristotelis" (LGKA),
Nea Anchialos Airport (LGBL), Intl., PPR
Aktio Airport (LGPZ), Intl., PPR
Epitalio Airport (LGEP),
Araxos Airport (LGRX), Intl., PPR
General Aviation Services Unit-Pahe M.E.G.A.P (LGMG), PNR

These are situated on the mainland. Near them you will find many UNESCO heritage sites, such as the Acropolis, Athens, Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina), Archaeological Site of Delphi, Archaeological Site of Mystras, Archaeological Site of Olympia, Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns, Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas, Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika, Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, Meteora and Mount Athos.

If you prefer the islands fly to:

Rodos Airport "Diagoras" (LGRP), Intl.
Heraklion Airport "N.Kazantzakis" (LGIR), Intl.
Kerkyra Airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias" (LGKR), Intl.
Kos Airport "Ippokratis" (LGKO), Intl.
Mytilini Airport "Od.Elytis" (LGMT), Intl.
Limnos Airport "Ifestos" (LGLM), Intl., PPR
Chania Airport "I. Daskalogiannis" (LGSA), Intl., PPR
Kefallinia Airport (LGKF), Intl.
Zakynthos Airport "D.Solomos" (LGZA), Intl., PNR
Samos Airport "Aristarchos of Samos" (LGSM), Intl., PNR
Astypalaia Airport (LGPL),
Chios Airport "Omiros" (LGHI), Intl.
Mykonos Airport (LGMK), Intl., PNR
Skiathos Airport "A.Papadiamantis" (LGSK), Intl., PNR
Karpathos Airport (LGKP), Intl.
Santorini Airport (LGSR), Intl., PNR
Kythira Airport "Αlexandros Aristotelous Onassis" (LGKC),Intl.
Milos Airport (LGML),
Skyros Airport (LGSY), PPR
Paros Airport (LGPA),
Syros Airport "Dimitrios Vikelas" (LGSO), PNR
Naxos Airport (LGNX),
Kalimnos Airport (LGKY),
Ikaria Airport "Ikaros" (LGIK),
Kastelorizo Airport (LGKJ),
Kasos Airport (LGKS),
Leros Airport (LGLE),
Sitia Airport (LGST), Intl.

which are in 26 of the islands of Greece. Frequent boat services will take you to the rest of the islands.

The UNESCO sites of Delos, the Medieval City of Rhodes, Nea Moni of Chios, the Old Town of Corfu, the Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos, The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos, the archeological sites of Knossos  and Faistos in Crete and the archeological site of Acrotiri in Santorini are sites not to be missed.

Countless kilometers of coastlines invite you to explore them.

If you are a fan of mountain sports, you will find numerous mountains both on the mainland and on the islands to practice them.

Where to start? A good trip starts with good planning. Choose first where you want to go and what you wish to see.

A visit to www.visitgreece.gr, the official Greek National Tourist Organization site or www.discovergreece.com will be a good starting point.

Find all the useful information about Flying in Greece in AOPA Hellas site www.aopa.gr and the AIP for GREECE is available at www.hcaa.gr/aip/ (see paragraph 27 of Flying in Greece link for login details) and the latest NOTAMs at LGAV reporting office for NOTAMS (+30 210 3533691-2 or Fax +30 210 3532635) to find them the old fashioned way, or freely check all NOTAM's at the FAA's web interface www.notams.faa.gov/.

For Athens (Greece) FIR the code is LGGG (see paragraph 11 of Flying in Greece link for details).

You can find a HCAA's Airport Directory at www.hcaa.gr/en/our-airports and an Airport phone & fax directory, courtesy of Chania Aeroclub at www.aer.gr/aerotel.pdf (see paragraph 25 of Flying in Greece link for login details).

Once you get started, remember that on any international VFR flight to/from or within Greece (Athens LGGG FIR) as well as for domestic & local (airport area) VFR flights, you are required to file a flight plan.

You may plan to cross the FIR boundary at any point you wish as long as it is an identified reporting point (i.e. Airway Fix at FIR border).

If you are departing from an airport without AIS office, you may file your flight plan to Athens central AIS by fax: +302103532635 or by phone: +302103533691.

Also an ICAO Annex 9 General Declaration per flight is requested by CAA to be filled and submitted at each airport in Greece.

It is obligatory, when arriving to and leaving from Greece, to land at an international airport for passport and customs control, even if it is an intra–Schengen flight. So, why not leave all the paperwork to the handlers?

AOPA Hellas has negotiated special prices  for IAOPA members. Besides, handling where available, is mandatory.

Many Greek airports are PPR or PNR, the easiest way to arrange your trip is to contact the local handlers well in advance and have them arrange everything for you.

Definitely you will need a map for Greece. The 1:500,000 TPC charts available electronically at www.greekhelicopters.gr, date from the ‘90s.

An unofficial but the only true VFR chart (1/500.000 scale) existing for Greek airspace to date is printed by The Greek Aviation Map team.

Carefully plan your refueling stops, as AVGAS is available only at LGAV, LGRP, LGIR, LGKR, LGMG (not available on Mondays), LGST, LGSM (prior notice October to May).

Check airport NOTAM to make sure there are no changes. JETA1 is available at all, but some very small provincial airports.

We are proud that the weather in Greece is always sunny, but still check the weather at the Official Greece MET service website with Low Level weather charts, METARs and TAFs, www.hnms.gr/hnms/english/aviation/aviation, or call +302103533689 at LGAV MET office for a weather briefing. (see paragraph 21 of Flying in Greece  link for login details).

In Greece you can fly VFR by day or IFR day and night. VFR flights are preferred to fly a track below or within lateral limits of controlled airspace (at +500ft. ALT). VFR via non controlled airspace is not allowed when above Greek territory.

Greek territory is considered land areas and any sea surface 12nm from any Greek shore. Airways, TMA's & CTR's are controlled airspace and most of Greek territory - and 12nm sea from shore - is covered by the lateral limits of one of them so there is no problem. Inside some of the TMA's there are Greece AIP published "VFR routes" with specific altitudes that can be flown without the need of entry clearance.

Download the PDF document at www.hcaa.gr/en/our-airports/Orario-aerolimenon to find the AIRPORTS OPERATING SCHEDULE, but always remember to check for the latest NOTAM's since they are your sole official source of information.

Unfortunately there are airport parking and landing fees. For a light aircraft (up to 5.7 tons) registered in Greece or another EU Member State: EURO 1.63 per day. For light aircraft (up to 5.7 tons) registered in a non-EU country: EURO 7.34 per day.

There is one charge per aircraft per day that counts for all Greek public airports for that one calendar day.

There is also a passenger fee. It is charged per each departure. For light aircraft the charges are: EURO 12.00 for those traveling to EU, EEA countries (European Economic Area: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) and Switzerland. EURO 22.00 for all the other destinations.

Passengers continuing their trip with the same aircraft (transit - not exiting airport) are excluded from the payment of the charge.

Take advantage of the liberty provided by flying your own airplane. Greece is much more than the fashionable islands. Instead of trying to park in Mykonos, try the neighboring Syros, Naxos or Paros. Instead of trying to glimpse at the sunset squeezed among tourists in Santorini, go to nearby Milos or Kythira.

Visit the mountains and the great lakes at Ioannina or Kastoria in the mainland and get to know a completely different Greece from the beaches in the islands. Instead of July or August, come in May, June or September, the weather is just as fine and the heat and tourist waves much smaller.

Come during the 3rd week of September, when the Athens Flying Week is taking place. Watch a spectacular airshow and take advantage of the special benefits for all visitors flying to Greece during that week.

Plan your trip today! And if you need any more information, e-mail to: info@aopa.gr.

Happy flying, and welcome to Greece!

By Marina Zompanaki, AOPA Hellas; e-mail marina@aopa.gr. Pictures courtesy (and copyright of) Kyprianos Biris biris@aopa.gr.


Love flying in Bavaria and the Alps?

Join AOPA Germany’s 38th Flight Safety Camp in Eggenfelden will take place from 31st July to 7th August 2016, with 30 participants expected.

AOPA Germany offers training for SEP, MEP, VFR or IFR pilots.

This is a holiday camp with a family character, which is attended by most participants for a full week but you can also join for a couple of days.

Due to the proximity of the Alps, our mountain course is a highlight, and is offered by instructors with local experience.

For all participants, interesting flights across the Alps to Italy, Slovenia and Croatia as day trips with experienced flight instructors are offered, also the full range of training flights from

Basic Refresher to Advanced IFR and Upset Recovery Training in an aerobatic aircraft. All training content can be adapted to your individual abilities and needs.

What would you like to try? We make it possible!

You can come with your own aircraft or rent a plane in Eggenfelden. Come and sample a unique flying experience with many other aviators – and Bavarian cuisine! Deadline for registration is July 13th 2016.

For details and price information please click here


AOPA UK Celebrates 50th at AeroExpo 2016

Despite mixed weather conditions that put some pilots off, this year's AeroExpo event (1-3 July) at Sywell Aerodrome still saw a large gathering to celebrate AOPA UK's 50th birthday.

Here are some pictures from the show, taken early before the crowds arrived. Pictured left are Mandy Nelson from the AOPA UK office in London, and AOPA UK chairman George Done.





















Farnborough Airshow Starts

The Farnborough International Airshow was well underway as this edition of IAOPA Europe eNews closed. In fact, the site had to be closed early on the first day (Monday) as torrential rain flooded halls and restrooms. Many visitors were caught out in the open and got soaked.

However, the line up of aircraft in the static display, some of which are taking part in the air display, is more interesting than ever. Add to that the star of the show-the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II (Joint Strike Fighter)–which is flying in most days from Fairford, and it's worth coming for a visit.

Pictured is the F-35 hovering in front of the crowds on Tuesday 12th July at Farnborough.

On the morning of the first day an F-35 flew past with the Red Arrows, under a low cloud base but its second visit was more spectacular - and noisy!

There are four trade days at Farnborough, Monday 11th to Thursday 14th, while the Friday is "Futures Day" and the Saturday and Sunday are public days. Everyone is praying for good weather for the rest of the week.

The show followed straight on from the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, where by all accounts the F-22 was the star of the show despite a big fanfare over the F-35s that have crossed the Atlantic.

This year several GA aircraft are also at the Farnborough show and the Edgeley Optica (pictured) will be in the flying display.

A Stampe and a Spartan Arrow from Redhill Aerodrome, where this editor is based, are due at the show also. The theme for the vintage display is aircraft that have appeared in films.


Guide to Flying in Norway

The Norwegian CAA just published its VFR Guide for Norway 2016.

This is the link to page where it can be downloaded: http://www.luftfartstilsynet.no/caa_no/VFR_Guide_for_Norway_-_2016_Edition