Going Online: The Next Step in Aviation English

What is Aviation English, and why is it so important? English is aviation’s lingua franca and allows for clear and concise communication between Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers from different regions and language backgrounds. With effective Aviation English, miscommunications and aircraft accidents are reduced, thus ensuring safety in the operating environment. More and more industries are turning to technology and online services to provide training courses, assessments and educational materials and the aviation industry is following suit. This has become increasingly relevant in the light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. “Nonetheless, in the context of aviation English, CBT (Computer Ba

Legends of Aviation # 11: Major James McCudden

During the recent lockdown, on a walk through a cemetery near my home in Kent, I noticed a memorial which told a story of family tragedy including three brothers – William, James and John McCudden, all killed in separate air incidents during the First World War. The second son, James had a particularly remarkable career. Born in Gillingham in 1895, he joined the Royal Engineers aged 15 and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1913 as a mechanic, posted to Farnborough. Here he managed to get some experience flying Bleriot monoplanes as well as gaining promotion as Air Mechanic First Class, shortly before the outbreak of the war. Following the German invasion of Belgium, war was declared a

Discover A Better You Through Challenge

WHO recently remarked the 6 month anniversary of the outbreak of COVID-19. The impact of the pandemic has affected people of all walks of life, regardless of who you are or where you live in the world. It has forced people to think outside of the box and find a way to thrive despite the challenges. At the beginning of the lockdown I was anxious, frustrated and stressed which, I imagine, was a similar state to most people at the time. Every day spent reading the news, browsing social media, and receiving bad news from business, I was overwhelmed with negativity and uncertainty. After one month of absorbing all the emotion, stress and frustration, I realised that I could not change things that

Quan-rantine: The Reality of Humanitarian Flights.

Thirteen hours flight, three hours of ground transport and fourteen days in a collective quarantine. That is what It takes to travel home from London to Vietnam on a humanitarian flight. This was an extremely hard experience, energy consuming but the at the same time perhaps the only way to travel in these difficult times. Aviation activities have gradually resumed in different parts of the world. Many airlines are desperate for countries to re-open their borders in order to pick up trade. Tourism and investment activities must resume now to recover and have a promising future. The vaccine might be the only solution to get back on track, but again, time to test it as well as mass-producing i

Education through Aviation- with STEM Flights UK

With the world forever being changed by COVID-19 now more than ever guidance is needed to help support the aviation and the entire aerospace industry, because of this we have created STEM Flights UK. STEM Flights is a UK based, not-for-profit company that provides middle and higher education students with customized aviation education and flight experiences to facilitate learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Our mission is simply to inspire youth to pursue STEM & aviation careers. Our motivations are to help regain the technological edge the United Kingdom once enjoyed in the World and to increase the numbers of pilot and aircrew careers we need as a nation. The Stud

A Safe and Encouraging Pace of Recovery

As the industry navigates through one of the most challenging periods in its history. It has also proved to be one of the most transformational too. Certainly, Technology is playing a big role in the dynamic and pace of recovery for the whole industry. The path to automation and digitalization has come with many challenges, and finding the correct automation plus avoiding resistance for change are likely to be significant concerns for operators, even though benefits look promising and industry sectors might achieve substantial cost reductions when correctly applied. Robotic process automation (RPA) supplementing human labour is a no-brainer. Repetitive tasks can be carried out in extreme or

A Technological Revolution in Aviation Manufacturing

3D printing technology, also known as "additive manufacturing technology", is a new type of rapid prototyping technology that uses light curing, paper lamination, or fused deposition. This technology has been used in jewellery, industrial design, architectural engineering and construction, automotive, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information, civil engineering, firearms and other fields. For the aerospace industry, 3D printing is still a very cutting-edge manufacturing technology. However, in recent years, some of the world-leading aviation manufacturing companies have begun to enter this field gradually, and the results have been noticeable. With the gradual transiti

Social Distance no Problem at Gatwick

After months of borders being closed and with the softening of some quarantine restrictions in many places worldwide, I decided to travel to Alicante, Spain to visit family and loved ones. The journey was completely different from what it was six months ago, and these changes may remain in place for the long term. By writing these lines I hope to help many travellers who are deciding whether or not to travel during these times. I have made a review on three elements that are highly influential in every flight journey: the airlines, the airports and your input as a traveller. The contribution of airlines Airlines play a very important role. There is a large group of airlines which have reacti

The Best Places to be During the Pandemic

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread in many countries, and the containment of the virus is challenging elsewhere with only a slow reduction in infection rates, we look at some countries and their handling of the crisis which has led to an earlier recovery of aviation in those nations: Taiwan They quickly closed borders and banned exports of surgical masks from the very first emergence, also the government ensured people in quarantine were abiding by the rules by using contact tracing and mobile sim-tracking. Medical officials held briefings for the public daily. Instead of closing down the economy when the virus outbreak happened, businesses were kept open by using aggressive precau

Asia-Pacific Development in the Post-Epidemic Era

The global market bottomed out in April 2020, and the only trend now can be upward. The Mainland China aviation tourism market is expected to decline 58% from the first four months of last year. However, although the international market has been hit hard since February, the domestic market is now showing signs of recovery. At present, domestic flights are gradually recovering. Below the surface many government subsidies promote the return of enterprises to work and production, and airlines launched government-enterprise charter services. However, unlike the fast-moving consumer and education industry, there will be a wave of retaliatory rebound after the epidemic. The recovery of the aviati

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