Cardiff Aviation MRO Appoints Sales & Marketing Director

Cardiff Aviation MRO, the fully-approved and certificated aviation maintenance company has recently appointed Phil Swanson as its Director of Sales and Marketing.

Phil is an aviation sales professional with wide experience of the aircraft industry. He began his career with an aircraft engineering apprenticeship at British Aerospace and worked as an engineer on new production aircraft and military fast jets before promotion to senior management. Phil established his aircraft maintenance sales career at BAE SYSTEMS in the nineties where he developed new business with Airbus operators in the US, China, India, Europe and the Middle East. Phil was appointed as a Director of Sales at BAE SYSTEMS Asset Management in 2003 where he successfully placed more than fifty aircraft with airlines and operators world-wide.

Academically Phil has studied marketing at university and management at business school. As a self-certified aviation enthusiast Phil has a current private pilot’s license, he is also a member of the historic Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society at Old Warden in Bedfordshire.

Cardiff Aviation’s Chief Executive Mario Fulgoni commented that Phil’s aviation sales career, his passion for the industry and his previous senior management experience make him ideal to lead the Sales and Marketing team at Cardiff Aviation MRO.

‘Ieuan Air’ link between Cardiff and Anglesey ‘underperforming’ on value for money, report finds

The  Public Accounts Committee has raised concerns about the service after it recorded a 43% drop-off in passenger numbers from its peak

Citywing operates flights to Anglesey

A subsidised air link between Cardiff and Anglesey that has cost the taxpayer £9m since it was set up in 2007 has underperformed in providing value for money, a critical report has found.

The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee said it had significant concerns about the service – dubbed “Ieuan Air” after it started under then-Transport Minister and Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones – after a huge drop-off in passenger numbers.

Assembly Members on the committee concluded it would need a big marketing push if the government decided to keep it going.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart ordered last week for a new subsidised contract to be put in place from December, when the current arrangement with Citywing runs out.

The service has run twice-daily weekday flights since it was brought in, but requires public funds under the government’s aim of supporting services that “would not otherwise be commercially viable”.

Evidence from the Wales Audit Office (WAO) to the committee’s inquiry found it had cost the taxpayer around £86 in subsidy for every one of the 65,073 passengers which used the service between May 2007 and April 2013.

The public subsidy was increased by £300,000, but was capped at £1.2m when the last deal was struck.

Passenger numbers have plunged by around 43% since 2008-2009, with the committee hearing planes now runs largely half empty with an average “load” of less than half, at around 46%-47%.

The report recommended a “comprehensive marketing strategy” by any new bidder to run the service to “improve uptake and recognition” of it, with the current spend standing at between £20,000 and £25,000 and involves appearances at Swansea and Anglesey air shows and radio advertising.

It also urged independent variation of passenger figures after it said there was a “discrepancy” between figures provided by the Auditor General for Wales and the Civil Aviation Authority – and said there should be an analysis of who was using the service.

“The committee remains concerned that this service is underperforming when it comes to providing value for money for the Welsh taxpayer,” said Darren Millar, chair of the committee.

“The lack of reliable, independent data about passenger numbers, including the types of people using the service must be addressed.

“The committee also believes that, if the service is to continue with public funding support, a strong marketing campaign should be part of any contract awarded.”

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat member of the committee and North Wales AM, dubbed the subsidy “wasteful and polluting” and said the service should be scrapped.

“This costly venture does little to address the real problems of public transport links between north and south,” he said.

“People in North Wales have gained little from this service. The evidence given to the committee raised serious questions with regard to the value for money this subsidy provides. There is also the issue that passenger numbers have fallen by 43% since their peak in 2009.

“Rail links are far more important for my region than this service. Any public money should be spent on improving rail links between the north and Cardiff.”

Plaid Cymru transport spokesman Rhun ap Iorwerth said: “Historically, Wales has suffered a connectivity problem, and the north-south air link is an important part of trying to overcome that.

“We also need to prioritise better rail and road links and that is why Plaid Cymru worked hard in government to improve the road network across Wales, and increase capacity on rail and bus.”

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “The service improves business connectivity between North and South Wales, as well as boosting tourism opportunities. The process to award a future contract for this service has now started and will look for the best service for the travelling public, with the highest economic impact while at the same time minimising the cost to the Welsh Government.”

Sourced from walesonline

Light aircraft ‘with smoke coming from it’ crash lands on Swansea beach


A plane has crash landed on the beach next to the under-construction Swansea University second campus

The under construction campus at Swansea Bay

A pilot and two passengers have escaped unharmed this afternoon after their plane crash-landed on the beach next to Swansea University’s under-construction Bay Campus.

People working at the £200m campus off Swansea’s Fabian Way on the main eastern approach road to Swansea reported seeing “a light aircraft with smoke coming from it” go down in sand dunes next to the sprawling Swansea University second campus building site.

However, the pilot managed to land the plane safely.

A South Wales Police spokesman said: “Emergency services were called to Jersey Marine at around 4pm today following reports that a light aircraft had performed an emergency landing on the beach. Three people on board were uninjured.”

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service was also called to the scene and sent one crew from its Swansea station but a spokesman for the service said the officers were not needed at the scene and added at 6pm that the fire crew had left the scene.

Sourced from walesonline

Budding Pilot Experiences the Thrill of Flying a 747

Press Release by Cardiff Aviation Training Ltd

By Marc Kinch,

Robert Allison (pictured left), a budding young teenage pilot, has already notched up 15 hours PPL flying in a Robin light aircraft.

Public Flight

He was keen to explore the possibility of taking his passion for flying to the next level. To gain an insight into both the challenge and thrill of flying a commercial airliner, Robert booked a one hour flight experience session in the CATL 747-400 full motion simulator.

He was briefed beforehand by Captain Paul Jones about the main differences in handling technique between a light aircraft and a big jet. Paul also explained the function of some of the aircraft systems.

The flight in the simulator consisted of a takeoff, climb and then some general handling of the aircraft, including stall recovery. Robert then explored the use of the autopilot for an automatic landing and the use of the Flight Director. Subsequently, Robert then carried out a manual landing at Heathrow in good weather, a manual landing in marginal weather and the biggest challenge of all – a manual landing at night.

Captain Paul Jones commented “Robert has excellent aircraft handling skills and learns quickly. His level of natural flying ability is greater than some pilots with many more flying hours”.

We certainly wish Robert all the best for the future.

Sourced by Cardiff Aviation Training Ltd

Cardiff Aviation Training hosts the Royal Air Force Tutor Display Team

Cardiff Aviation Training Ltd Press Release

By Marc Kinch,

The RAF Tutor display team performed at this years Penarth Carnival on the 19th of July. Due to the threat of strong winds, thunderstorms and heavy rain in the South Glamorgan area, Cardiff Aviation Training were asked to provide overnight shelter for the teams’ two Grob Tutor aircraft.

Fortunately, the weather cleared and Flt Lt Andy Preece (pictured 2nd from left) was able to put on a very impressive display on the Penarth seafront, to the delight of the crowds.
Sourced by Cardiff Aviation Training Ltd


Monarch linked to third refinancing in six years

Monarch linked to third refinancing in six years

The Monarch Group has refused to comment on a report that it is lining up a third multi-million pound cash injection from its billionaire Swiss owners in six years.

The latest talks with the Mantegazza family over what the Sunday Telegraph reported to be a £60 million refinancing are said to be linked to a £1.75 billion order for new aircraft.

The order, for 30 new Boeing 737 Max 8, was announced last week during the Farnborough Air Show.

Monarch Group, which owns Monarch Airlines, tour operator Cosmos, seat-only supplier Avro and bed bank Somewhere2stay, was last refinanced in 2011.

At that time its owners, led by Sergio Mantegazza, pumped £75 million into the business. This followed a £45 million recapitalisation just two years previously.

The Sunday Telegraph said the latest talks over equity come amid tough trading in the holiday industry amid fears of over-capacity, rising costs and declining yields.

It claimed sources have told it that during debt financing talks over the Boeing deal it became apparent that the firm needed further equity.

The Sunday Telegraph said a Monarch Group spokesman declined to comment.

Despite raising concerns about the state of trading the Sunday Telegraph said that Monarch Airlines is on the road to recovery.

It reported a £5.9 million pre-tax profit in the year to October 2013, after a £33 million loss in the prior year but was said to have been hit by a weak market and competition from low-cost rivals.

The Monarch Group is one the UK’s biggest travel firms behind the big two, Tui Travel and Thomas Cook.

Avro is the eighth-largest Atol holder, behind On The Beach and BA Holidays, while Cosmos is the ninth just ahead of Olympic Holidays in the top 10.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

Pilots voice concerns over shooting down of flight MH17

Pilots voice concerns over shooting down of flight MH17

Ten Britons have now been confirmed as having died in the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft whichcame down in strife-torn Ukraine last week.

It is believed a ground-to-air missile which was fired from the rebel held territory was responsible for bringing down the Boeing 777 which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The UK, France and Germany have warned that further sanctions could be imposed on Russia unless air accident investigators are allowed full access to the crash site.

International investigators have still not been given free access to the site four days after the aircraft crashed, killing all 298 people on board.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association voiced its concern over the tragedy.

A spokesman said: “British pilots express their condolences to the families of the passengers and crew aboard MH17. For whatever reason they appear to have become innocent victims in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

“Civil aviation should never be allowed to become a part of conflict and be threatened in this way. The apparent shooting down of this aircraft is therefore of extreme concern to pilots.

“We note that action has been taken by many airlines and authorities to avoid this area.  We hope that the conflict in the area does not hamper the ability of the investigatory authorities to determine the exact cause of the crash and any persons who are responsible.”

MAS said yesterday: “There are no changes to the frequency of our services and we will continue to operate daily services between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur.”

However, the flight number MH17 has been withdrawn “out of respect for our crew and passengers of the mentioned flight code”.

It has been replaced with flight number MH19.

MAS said any passenger booked to travel by the end of the year who no longer wishes to fly may apply by Thursday for a full refund, even if they have booked restricted fares.

The carrier said: “Passengers who wish to postpone or cancel their travel plans can obtain a refund, including for non-refundable tickets.”

Sourced from Travel Weekly


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