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It Takes 96 People to Fly a British Airways Passenger. The Bangalore Aviation blog has noted that British Airways has detailed calculations the number of essential people involved in a passenger’s journey and it works out to 96 different roles, across 18 different departments, using over 11 external suppliers in the process. The figures rises to 107 for premium customers.

British Airways’ Latest TV Advertisement. And speaking of British Airways, their latest advertisement showcases the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and follows a passenger’s journey using a “micro to macro” style of filming:

UAV Protest Outside Drone Testing Base in Aberporth. The BBC has recently reported that protesters from CND Cymru and other groups gathered at Parc Aberporth in Ceredigion to call for the end of military drone testing. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has stated that UAVs only fly at designated testing areas at Parc Aberporth.

Unexpected Uses of Drones. Sylvia, the blogger behind the Fear of Landing blog, has also compiled a list of unexpected uses of drones, ranging from beer, pizza and dry cleaning delivery to counting Orangutan nests in the wild.

Pakistan’s Only Female Combat Pilot. The Telegraph has profiled Fl Lt Ayesha Farooq who earlier this year, completed her training to become Pakistan’s first war-ready female fighter pilot, flying the F7-PG, a Chinese version of the MiG 21 jet. Some 19 Pakistani women have become pilots in the past decade, but most fly transporters. Of the six fighter pilots, Fl Lt Farooq is the only one to have qualified for combat and to fly regular sorties along the troubled Pakistan- India border.

Wanted: Your Photos for The General Aviation News Photo Issue. If you have taken a really cool aviation photo that you think is worthy of being shared with the 92,000 monthly print readers of General Aviation News, send it to Janice Wood with image details by October 14.

Do You Use an iPad in Your Flying? If so, contact Janice Wood of General Aviation News and your comments might be featured in the Sept. 27 print issue of General Aviation News. Or click here to leave a comment in her original request – which has already attracted a number of comments from pilots.

Guide to Becoming a Helicopter Pilot Now Online. General Aviation News has noted the launch of, which explains the step-by-step guide to becoming a helicopter pilot.

Impressive Elephant Walk. Finally, the Aviationist blog has posted a picture of an impressive “elephant walk” of Seven C-17 Globemaster IIIs, 11 KC-10 Extenders and four C-5B Galaxies from the 60th Air Mobility Wing that took place on September 11th. It took over 36 minutes for all the 22-aircraft involved in the “freedom launch” at Travis AFB, California, to take off with the first plane in the lineup (a C-17 Globemaster) launching at 8:46 am –  the same time American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center twelve years ago. - Travis AFB-Elephant-Walk

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