Embraer May Invest in Britain for the First Time. The Telegraph has reported that Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, will be visiting Brazil based Embraer, whose only European operations are in France and Portugal, as the aircraft manufacturer is looking at investing in the UK. Cable is taking a number of British companies with him on his trip to Brazil, including Jaguar Land Rover, Mott MacDonald, Chemring, Foster and Partners and Cobham.
New Look for the Farnborough Airshow 2014. 2014 will mark the centenary anniversary for WW1 and the Farnborough Airshow 2014 will commemorate the technological advances in flight spurred by those first air combats in the skies over Europe. In addition, the airshow will include a 5 ½ hour flying spectacular, a static aircraft display and other family attractions. There will also be a vehicle exhibition, high-end retail facilities, more grandstand seating, advanced visitor packages, a general aviation (GA) aircraft park and a broader selection of food and beverage facilities.
Armed Drones Operating from the UK. Both the BBC and the Daily Mail have reported that Britain’s Ministry of Defense is flying armed surveillance drones over Afghanistan remotely from the UK. Until recently, the RAF was piloting its drones from the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, but has moved operations to Britain to take advantage of having shifts in multiple time zones. However, the admission has prompted protests from activists.
Concorde Memorabilia Up for Auction. On Monday April 29, Bonhams returns to the RAF Museum in Hendon for its annual sale and among the items for sale is an original design drawing for the Concorde along with the very front point of a Concorde nosecone (estimated to be worth £2,000 to £3,000) as this year marks the tenth anniversary of the supersonic aircraft’s final flight. Images and full descriptions of all lots are available on the Bonhams website while the items themselves will be available to view between 10 am and 5 pm today and from 9 am on Monday, April 29 (the sale will begin at 11 am).
When Passengers Pressure Pilots to Make Bad Decisions. Colleen Mondor, the author of "The Map Of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska," has written an article for the Alaska Dispatch that is well worth reading by pilots everywhere because its entitled: When Alaska passengers put pressure on pilots to make foolish, or deadly, decisions.
Resources for Would-Be Airline Pilots. If you are interested in becoming an airline pilot, loveplanes.co.uk has pointed out that you can sign up for free to Pilot Pass and they will offer you guides and information to pass a pilot assessment plus information about the latest sponsored schemes such as the BA Future Pilot Programme.
Take Better Aviation Videos with NFlightcam Kits. If you want to take professional looking videos of your flights, the NFlightcam Cockpit Kit for GoPro includes a custom aviation audio cable so you can record both intercom and ATC along with a lens filter that virtually eliminates prop distortion. The kit attaches to most ¼”-20 camera mounts. The Cockpit Kit [5754A] along with the External Mount Kit [8905A] (the latter is for use on experimental airplanes only) are available for $99.99 apiece while the iPhone Camera Kit [4166A] is available for $129.99.
Mother and Her Teen Daughter Learn How to Fly. Finally, it was a year and a half ago when then-14-year-old Amy White took her first airplane ride ever in North Carolina and was hooked albeit her mother was less excited. However and to make a long story short, Amy soloed on June 10 (she now has 75-some hours in her logbook) before she passed her driver’s test while her mother soloed the following New Year’s Eve.