Thursday, 4 April 2013

Some positive news....

Hello from the UK and it is snowing AGAIN!

Saw this article when browsing the Internet today. This looks like a good sign after these aircraft were grounded. Everything is safety orientated in this industry. Good to know - don't you think?

Article from

ANA to train pilots for resumption of 787 operations

  Mavis Toh, Singapore  

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is planning to put its Boeing 787 pilots through simulator training in April, to prepare them for the resumption of 787 operations.
"We're preparing for after Boeing's service bulletin is approved. Once it's approved by the US FAA [Federal Aviation Administration], it means the Boeing modification plan is also approved," says an ANA spokesman.

The operator, which has 17 787-8s in its fleet, would only say it expects the resumption of simulator training to happen sometime in April.  ANA has about 200 787 pilots and two 787 simulators. The training is necessary to prepare the pilots to fly the jets again.ANA also recently said that it will start selling tickets for domestic routes operated using 787s from 1 June. Tickets, however, will not be offered for key trans-Pacific routes such as Tokyo Narita to Seattle and San Jose.

The carrier has given no indication as to when it feels the 787 grounding could be lifted.
Boeing is meanwhile working to certify a new battery containment system for the 787 that aims to reduce the risk of the batteries overheating, and to eliminate the risk of the batteries starting a fire. The US FAA's certification is necessary to allow the aircraft type to return to flight.  Besides the 17 -8s in its fleet, ANA also has orders for 19 more of the type, and for 30 787-9s.
New workshops

We are currently working on some new ideas to help the nervous public...more to follow soon about this.

Current workshops and events

Free phone in audio seminar - 24th April 1900 hours. Details will be released on Facebook, twitter, blog and also the announcements section of our website soon.  We have been doing these once a month for a while now and they seem to be very popular.

Fear of flying group courses 2013: London Luton 14th April; Manchester 28th April; Newcastle 12th May; Edinburgh 19th May; Birmingham 26th May; Southampton 23rd June; Gatwick* 7th July - All £255 including VAT

Developing Resilience Workshop – 13th May 2013 Gatwick area; Banish Stress Forever Workshop – 17th June 2013 Gatwick area.  Price. £125 including VAT & parking & refreshments

* There will be an adult premium course and a children's course running the same date, same venue but in different rooms.

Take care and enjoy the 'summer'

Paul & Richard
The Virgin Atlantic flying without fear programme

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