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Earlier today Unite union members employed by British Airways’ so called mixed fleet (post 2010 employees, and generally on lower salary rates) confirmed that a 16 day strike is scheduled to go ahead ( from July 1st to July16th ie 16 days), after the airline refused (the Union claims) to accept the union’s final compromise position on outstanding issues relating to sanctioning of striking cabin crew following previous bouts of industrial action.  

In effect the current strike is a bit of a puzzle, and bound to punch a huge financial hole in parent company IAGs overall profitability, as the wet lease and worldwide disruption costs are factored in;  simply much of the core negotiation on revised mixed fleet pay scales had broadly been agreed, says Aviation Expert, Julian Bray.

Julian Bray was speaking on BBC5 Live on Friday 30 June moments after the CAA had confirmed permission for the wet lease of a mix of nine short haul Qatar Airbus A320's and A321's to operate on behalf of British Airways, and indeed the aircraft have been arriving all afternoon at London Heathrow to be drip fed into the truncated BA schedule for the next 16 days, and possibly a week or two following the strike; as the airline then has to play catch up and ensure its flying staff and assets are correctly deployed.

Both Qatar and BA are members of the oneworld alliance of 14 airlines, serving over 1,000 destinations in more than 150 countries worldwide
It should be noted that Qatar owns some 20% of the BA parent company IAG, which is based in Spain and therefore considered to be a company operating within Europe.   However Qatar Airways is clearly not inside Europe so formal permission had to be gained not only from the EC but also the UKs Civil Aviation Authority. Both permissions have now been granted despite some reported last minute objections.

Any passenger unhappy about flying on a Qatar Airlines aircraft could possible claim a full refund under the EC261/2004 regulations, which sets out the protocol ensuring that BA ( and other airlines in a similar position) have a legal 'duty of care'  

CAA on twitter:   UK CAA @UK_CAA Jun 20
Flying off on holiday this summer? Find out about your rights if your flight is delayed or cancelled

Essentially the airline is legally required to rebook affected passengers to their final destinations. In addition the airline is required to provide hotel accommodation and food (given as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) if delays are protracted - all at the passengers earliest convenience, not at the airlines convenience!

When the action was first announced, over two weeks ago, it was seen as a clear hardening of their negotiating position, Unite (one of five Unions involved with BA) said it would ‘vigorously’ pursue legal action against British Airways to the ‘highest court in the land’ on behalf of 1,400 cabin crew, who they claim were sanctioned for taking strike action in a long running pay dispute.  Optimistically BA though its press office is still maintaining only a few will be disadvantaged, although nine aircraft from Qatar are being wet-leased and some flights merged. This is what they are now saying:  

All our customers will be able to fly to their destinations, despite industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite.  We will operate 99.5 per cent of our schedule. Our oneworld partner Qatar Airways will be operating a small number of short-haul flights on our behalf.

We have merged a very small number of Heathrow long-haul services and all customers affected have been notified over the past week.

"New [Mixed Fleet] cabin crew in their first year working full time at British Airways receive more than £21,000 based on pay, allowances, incentive and bonus. This is in line with cabin crew at competitor airlines.  We had reached a deal with Unite on pay, which the union said was acceptable. They should call off this unnecessary strike and allow their members to vote on the pay increase." 


The strike timetable is given as union members labour being withdrawn from 00:01 Saturday 1 July to 23:59 Sunday 16 July 2017 INCLUSIVE! Disruption of course will carry on for a week or so, following the strike as assets are re-positioned.

The Unite Union says British Airways has  'a blacklist' designed to levy sanctions on striking cabin crew. Sanctions have in the past included mixed fleet BA cabin crew seeing bonus payments ( running into hundreds of pounds) withdrawn, and the scrapping of staff travel concessions. Some mixed fleet staff are so strapped for cash, they've claim to be sleeping in cars and holding down several jobs.

Something is clearly very wrong if this is the case. Perhaps the Chairman and Chief Executive of BA, a Mr Cruz, from Bilbao, (with or without his high viz jacket) can throw some light on it?
Early June Unite suspended a planned four-day strike by British Airways’ mixed fleet cabin crew due to start on June 16th, in a 'last-ditch' attempt to resolve the dispute through fresh negotiations.

Earlier talks at the conciliation service ACAS, saw Unite Union claiming  ‘deep frustration’ over British Airways’ alleged failure to send its key decision makers to the talks. This Unite writing to British Airways management with a final compromise positon for acceptance by noon today.

Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said at the time “The refusal by British Airways bosses to meaningfully consider our compromise offer is deeply disappointing.

“A resolution to this long running dispute was within the grasp of British Airways, but instead of grabbing that opportunity, bosses rebuffed it. It now means British Airways faces an entirely avoidable two week strike and prolonged legal action on behalf of over 1,400 mixed cabin crew.

“Unite believes the divisive way British Airways has targeted striking members of cabin crew is unlawful and amounts to blacklisting. The airline should be under no illusion of Unites' intent to pursue justice on behalf of  members 'all the way to the highest court' in the land.

“We would urge British Airways’ bosses to come to their senses and think again.”

The union says there has been a total of 26 days of strike action since the beginning of January which has led to the cancellation of flights and the airline chartering, or ‘wet leasing’, aircraft from other airlines such as Titan Airways, Vueling and Thomson Airways to cover striking cabin crew.

Operationally the airline may decide to combine flights, charter in from other code share airlines, and operate a pre- empted positioning of extra aircraft to maintain mixed fleet schedules, which are thought to only cover some 33% of BA routes.

Since 2010 all British Airways new cabin crew employees join what is called ‘mixed fleet’, where despite promises that pay would be 10 per cent above the market rate, the union claims basic pay starts at just £12,192 with £3 an hour flying pay.
Unite estimates that on average ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew earn £16,000, including allowances, a year.  BA disputed the calculation and claims the minimum or lowest rates are from £21k per annum.

The airline also used a busy news day to slip out the news that the BA computer meltdown has cost the airline (so far) £80 million. To add to its woes, the Heathrow baggage conveyors for some BA flights broke down on  June 15th leaving passengers without their luggage, as they were forced to leave it behind or possibly be denied boarding. 

It is also now reported that entry into, and leaving the USA is now backing up as president Trumps new decree restricting travel from six mainly Muslim countries starts to bite. Department of Homeland Security staff are said to be taking their time in closely examining all passports and supporting documentation, as they suspect the use of 'borrowed' passports appears to be on the increase, as many travellers soon to be on the denied USA entry list try to beat the new draconian immigration regulations.   

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A spirited RMT news release is demanding the new minority Government rapidly returns East Coast rail routes to public ownership as the Union claims the 'franchise teeters on the brink of financial collapse.'
This latest demand by the Union comes after it emerged this morning that the major franchisee Stagecoach are in talks with the Government over what the RMT calls 'financial chaos' on the franchise.

Julian Bray Transport and Aviation Analyst comments: "Stagecoach is flagging up an £84 million anticipated loss in their accounts released this morning on East Coast rail operations.

"Clearly this could just be 'financial engineering' getting the bad news out early, but the figure of £84million is far less than what is being termed the 'Northern Ireland bung' to the DUP, and if HMTreasury was so minded could easily (possibly from the contingency fund)support the East Coast Main Line, as the HS2 railway and the Heathrow third runway projects could now be casualties or at best deferred until the next parliament, and the already available East Coast Main Line returns to being the UKs priority express main railway line; such a move, would easily and quickly release urgently needed taxpayer funds to finance the growing number of tower block cladding failures - currently 137 tower blocks in 47 UK local authority areas have failed the latest fire tests as at June 29 2017 - rehousing of displaced social housing tenants, and to underwrite the impending removal of the cap on public sector pay rises."

Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said: "RMT warned that re-privatising East Coast, after it had been successfully run in the public sector following the last private failure, was a gamble doomed to failure. We have been proved right.

"This is the third private operator to run the vital East Coast inter-city routes into the ground and rather than waiting for the inevitable financial collapse it should be brought back into public ownership immediately. "

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New Government puts laser pen attacks on aircraft legislation on the backburner, despite dramatic rise in incidents.


Catch up with the conversation on BBC Radio Sussex at 7:10am (Wednesday June 28) and BBC Radio Surrey at 8:10am then repeated on the BBC I-player
It is fair to say that all people 'without exception' within the aviation industry are 'more than furious' the new Government is to quietly drop the move towards new legislation banning the use and possession of dangerous laser pens in wrong hands being pointed at aircraft in flight despite a substantial rise in, the number of incidents and the increasing number of prosecutions and convictions being handed down by the courts.
As the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) put it: Despite “dangerously high” figures on laser attacks on aircraft, the new Government has dropped plans to introduce tougher laws, a move which the UK pilots’ association says is “infuriating and dangerous”.
Campaigners for the tougher laws in response to consistently high reports of laser attacks on planes year on year, were welcomed. 2016 figures stood at more than 1,200 reported attacks. But latest statistics for 2017 currently being collated are reported to be substantially higher.
The new offence proposed that offenders could face up to five years in prison if they shone a laser beam at an aircraft.
However the latest information is that the proposed penalty will now not be included in the Bill and so will not now be part of any later laser control of use regulations.
Experts have constantly warned that shining any laser ( even weak ones) at an aircraft is extremely dangerous, particularly in critical phases of flight such as take-off and landing, putting the lives of passengers at risk.
The problem is that a laser beam travels in a straight line but when it encounters any shiny surface it will bounce off at a right angle, this is repeated forming a laser 'cats cradle' inside the flight deck, so no matter where the pilot looks he/she could be blinded or worse still permanent damage caused to the delicate eye retina.

This is how Julian Bray Avaition Expert previously reported the growing threat from laser attacks:

A British Airways pilot has reportedly been left with significant damage to his eyesight after a “military-strength” laser was shone into the cockpit of his plane landing at Heathrow, in what appears to be the most serious laser attack to date in the UK.

 The pilot suffered a burned retina in his right eye and has not worked since, according to the British Airline Pilots’Association (Balpa).

 The incident has escalated concerns over the problem of laser attacks. Balpa claims that one in two pilots has been in a plane targeted with lasers in the last 12 months.

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The unnamed BA pilot was in the co-pilot’s seat as the plane was landing at the London airport in the spring, and was later treated for eye injuries at a hospital in Sheffield, Balpa’s general secretary, Jim McAuslan, said.

 British Airways said it was investigating the claims: “The safety of our crew and our customers is always our main concern. We urge our pilots to report such incidents so we can make the authorities aware.”

McAuslan said the incident showed the dangers that pilots now faced from lasers, which have become easy to buy on the internet. He said that one tenement block in Glasgow was now known as “laser block” to pilots and police from the number of planes targeted from there while landing at the city’s airport.

 Less severe incidents have often been ascribed to children or youthful delinquency. McAuslan said the “kids’ ones” were not powerful enough to cause physical harm, but he said lasers used in weaponry had now become available on the black market.

 He said: “We’re very concerned about it. When something as strong as this comes on the scene it starts to worry us.”

According to figures compiled by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the number of reports of laser incidents in the UK has remained relatively constant at about four to five a day on average over the last four years.

 But McAuslan said that in a poll conducted for Balpa, half of all the pilots in his union had reported a laser attack in the last 12 months, and warned that even weaker lasers could have serious consequences if pilots were distracted by the beams when landing planes: “It’s a critical point in flight, you have to have complete concentration. When it comes into the flight deck, it bounces around the walls of the cockpit.”

A spokesperson for Balpa added: “Lasers are one of the growing threats to flight safety faced by pilots along with fatigue, weakening regulation and security.

“We are also aware of concern around the ease of access to lasers, the increasing power of the technology and the potential they have to cause injury.”

More than 400 incidents were reported in the UK in the first six months of this year, according to the CAA, with the highest number of incidents around Heathrow – although in proportion to air traffic, regional airports including Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and East Midlands have a far higher frequency.

 In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration said the number of incidents had grown steadily since it started collating information on laser attacks in 2005. More than 3,700 incidents have been reported in the US this year.

 The FBI has released public information films to warn about the effects of laser pointers, explaining how beams can blind pilots at night, with their effects intensified as light is dispersed by the cockpit windows. A Californian man was sentenced to 14 years in prison in March this year for pointing a laser at a police helicopter.

Sources: CNS, BALPA, BBC, The Guardian, CAA

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30 easyJet passengers bumped off flight as aircraft 'goes technical' but smaller bird used as replacement

An easyJet flight took off with a couple of empty seats after turning away around 30 passengers, it has emerged. 
An EasyJet flight on the  Glasgow to Luton schedule on June 18 led to an Airbus A320 jet 'going technical' and taken out of service. The airline substituted a smaller A319 aircraft but that has a fewer number of seats. 30 to be precise.
The staff following protocol and EU regulations randomly selected passengers not to fly, the replacement smaller jet then took off but still with 2 seats empty, as reported by the Independents' Simon Calder.
Intending passenger Joe Bond, from Brighton, said he was in a group of 12 who arrived at the airport with some 60 minutes to spare but heard their names called over the speakers, as they were denied boarding from the flight.
He said: 'As the queue formed, my name, and those of my girlfriend, cousin and a few other people, were announced on the public address system and told that the plane had been downgraded and we would not be allowed to board. 
'We were told they couldn’t let us know earlier because of the way we had checked in, and that the way we had checked in was the reason we had been selected.' 
He said he was not asked if he could volunteer to give up his seat but the airline claims passengers were asked at bag drop and at the gates. 
An easyJet spokesman later commented: 'Unfortunately due to a technical issue with the A320 aircraft that was scheduled to operate flight EZY74 from Glasgow to London Luton on 18th June, easyJet had to change the aircraft to a smaller A319 aircraft. As a result of this some passengers were unfortunately unable to travel on the flight.
'easyJet adheres to our obligations under regulation EU261 and we asked for volunteers to offload at bag drop and at the gate in return for compensation. We provided passengers who didn’t travel with alternative flights to London on the same day and we’ll be providing them compensation of £218 (250Eur) each.
'We are investigating why the aircraft departed with two empty seats as this should not have happened and we'll look to put measures in place to ensure this does not happen again.
'easyJet sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused.' 


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2017 Paris Airshow records an eyewatering 14,000 LEAP and 2,850 CFM 56 aeroengine order book...

For CFM Christmas is clearly early this year with a record Paris Air Show order book!

LE BOURGET, France — 21 June 2017 — CFM International has secured a record number of orders during the 2017 Paris Air Show. 

These included orders for 1,658 LEAP and CFM56 engines, in addition to long-term service agreements, at a value of more than $27.3 billion U.S. at list price.

The orders reflect the worldwide wholesale move to single-aisle aero fleets.

The company is set to leave the Show with a 2017 order book of more than 2,850 engines and total LEAP orders on the books for more than 14,000 engines.

“This air show has far surpassed all of our expectations,” said an excited Gaël Méheust, President and CEO of CFM International. “It is highly gratifying and humbling to have so many airlines put their faith in CFM to power and support their single-aisle fleets.  Now, it is our job to reinforce, every day, that they have made the right choice.”

A recap of the week’s activities:
  • Spring Airlines: 120 LEAP-1A engines
  • IAG:  110 LEAP-1A engines & RPFH
  • GECAS:  200 LEAP-1A engines
  • CDB Leasing:  92 LEAP-1B engines
  • Spice Jet:  40 LEAP-1B engines
  • Tibet Financial Leasing:  40 LEAP-1B engines
  • ICBC Leasing:  80 LEAP-1A engines
  • ALAFCO:  40 LEAP-1B engines
  • BOC Aviation:  20 LEAP-1B engines
  • Lion Air:  100 LEAP-1B engines
  • Aviation Capital Group:  40 LEAP-1B engines
  • China Southern:  100 LEAP-1A engines
  • Air Lease Corporation:  50 LEAP-1A engines
  • China Eastern:  140 LEAP-1A engines & RPFH
  • K5 Aviation:  2 LEAP-1A engines
  • Avolon Leasing:  150 LEAP-1B engines
  • Okay:  30 LEAP-1B engines
  • Blue Air:  12 LEAP-1B engines
  • Ryanair:  20 LEAP-1B engines
  • CALC:  100 LEAP-1B engines
  • Norwegian:  4 LEAP-1B engines
  • Japan Investor Advisors:  20 LEAP-1B engines
  • VEB Leasing: 40 LEAP-1A engines
  • VEB Leasing:  44 LEAP-1B engines
  • Delta Airlines:  20 CFM56-5B engines
  • Arkia:   Rate Per Flight Hour agreement
  • Turkish Airlines: Rate Per Flight Hour agreement
  • Air Lease Corporation:  24 LEAP-1B engines
  • Ethiopian:  20 LEAP-1B engines
*LEAP-1A:  Airbus A320neo
*LEAP-1B:  Boeing 737 MAX

CFM International
CFM International, is a 50/50 joint company between General Electric (GE) and Safran Aircraft Engines.  The company claims the LEAP engine has experienced the fastest order take up in commercial aviation history. ... 

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Could this be the immediate answer to the Grenfell Tower homeless?

All these apartments (and many more) are standing empty ......

A little off our Aviation Safety agenda, but as fire and security are major concerns we have been following the Greenfell Tower disaster withy increasing dismay, clearly the UK and the minority Conservative government has a major and continuing problem with dozens of tower blocks being clad with combustible materials that are likely to go up in flames, as it did in the Grenfell Tower disaster, when over seventy people (and possibly more) needlessly lost their lives.

But it seems to us, no one in authority, is urgently working out how all these families and couples can be immediately and comfortably moved out to a place of safety, whilst remedial work is carried out, panels removed and sprinkler systems installed, or perhaps whole tower blocks knocked down and low rise properties built in their place.

 Well we might just have the answer, admittedly it is radical but this is an emergency and with some support could work to everyones' advantage. We are also sending this message to MP's and hopefully someone will actively run with it, and bring some relief to all those affected.

During the boom years in Northern Spain, many, many thousands of well appointed roomy low-rise apartments were constructed, but then economic times suddenly changed and whole populations moved as new work opportunities were created ( mainly with the holiday industry) in the South. The legacy is vast conurbations, that are already built to a high structural standard, but remain empty, and with very little cosmetic work and Spanish Government agreement could be made available to displaced UK families within days.

Families could be given the option of moving permanently (with support) to Spain, or just for a short fixed period of time whilst their tower blocks in the UK are either repaired or demolished. Spain would welcome the investment, on the plus side the cost of living in this region of Spain is far less than in the UK, and for the majority of the year somewhat warmer too!

The Northern Spanish region of Galicia is unlike Southern Spain, it's more like Wales, very green and the temperatures more in line with the UK during a good Summer! The main port is Vigo, a popular port of call with cruise lines, and known to the British as Lord Nelson captured the City twice and sank the Gold-laden Spanish Armada in the Bay of Vigo . The gold is said to be still there!

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Concordiboom......is just around the corner ?

A few of us will fondly remember the Concorde supersonic jet which last flew in 2003, and even fewer are happy to keep it as a fond memory, and a technological folly as successive Governments on both sides of the channel (UK and France) habitually starved the ongoing Concorde development of much needed funding. Now a new attempt to reintroduce supersonic travel is being touted around.

Aviation expert Julian Bray broadcasting live on BBC World Service last night, cautioned that a long road lies ahead even if early supersonic jet prototypes are to be flying by 2018. The time gained is marginal when you consider that everyone now has access to the internet streaming and Skype so the demand for rapid transit between distant cities for eye to eye contact is not that important as the internet is still much faster!

Now a Mr Blake Scholl, armed with a scale model of his prototype is pounding the corridors of the Paris Air Show, trying to whip up some enthusiasm for ritually tearing up stacks of $1000 dollar bills, for a new bash at it. Mr Scholl, styles himself founder and CEO of Boom Technology, Scholl says air travel could again be supersonic in just a few years time and he has the answer. But could it be Boom AND bust?

Scholl says he's flying BOOMs first prototype by end of 2018.  "We're looking at passengers in the early 2020s. That flight from San Francisco to Tokyo that takes 11 hours today will with Boom shrink to less than five and a half hours."

Scholl speaking on BBC World Service last night said his aircraft would benefit from aerospace technology enhanced aerodynamics, utilise carbonfibre construction and turbo fan jet engine concepts.  He conceded The Concorde project never turned a profit, but Scholl says new development technology makes his company's jets faster and less costly for passengers.  What he does not say is where the development funding is coming from but points to the fact that five airlines have already signed up to operate the Boom Supersonic just as soon is it can be safely delivered

"Concorde was designed half a century ago with slide rules and wind tunnels. Today we've got better aerodynamics, new materials, better engines, and all that adds up to a 75 percent reduction in operating cost," he said. Scholl said 1,300 supersonic jets could be built over 10 years, according to third-party projections. Aviation Expert Julian Bray says its more a case of Boom or bust, hopefully backers have very deep pockets or it might be a case of the latter...

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Air Accidents Investigation Branch      

The AAIB has sent a team to investigate a light aircraft accident in Hertfordshire.

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Paris: Tuesday 20th June, 2019: At the start of the Paris Airshow today, organisers of the UK Farnborough International Airshow detailed plans for the 2018 show taking place from 16 – 22 July 2018 at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre. 
Under its new branding, the long-standing aerospace trade event outlined some of the new features planned for 2018 under the banner ‘The Future Starts Here’.
The show is seeking to attract exhibitors from a greater number of industry sectors including Aerospace 4.0 – the term representing the growing digitisation of aerospace manufacturing - The Farnborough show is planning for an expanded presence in business aviation, space and cargo sectors alongside the more traditional sectors of commercial, defence, rotary and MRO.

Farnborough International Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer commented: “Over 80percent of space is already allocated with a number of new exhibitors including CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation) exhibiting for the first time in the Space Zone.”

“International participation is also on the increase and our Delegations Programme and other networking features such as Meet The Buyer set to return in 2018. We’re also expecting a number of aircraft debuts.”

Farnborough International also unveiled a series of new developments, including an interactive product showcase in Hall 3, spotlight exhibitors and the launch of FINN – Farnborough International News Network - a video-led news channel that will produce daily highlights of the show. 

The Innovation Zone will once again be demonstrating future technology.

It is almost 50 years since Concorde first appeared at Farnborough, and supersonic commercial aviation is now back again.
Today FIL confirmed the presence of Boom at FIA18. Boom Supersonic intends to surpass Concorde by building a faster and more economical 55-seat supersonic airliner.
As well as exhibiting and giving a keynote lecture, Boom will give the latest updates on their XB-1 supersonic demonstrator.

Farnborough International and FINN are exhibiting at the Paris Airshow in Hall 2B on Stands No G155 and G145.

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Finsbury Park Mosque Terrorist Incident possibly used a hired boxvan from Pontyclun in South Wales under new 'soft touch' DVLA check

Finsbury Park Mosque Terrorist Incident possibly used a hired boxvan from Pontyclun in South Wales under new 'soft touch' DVLA check. BBC News picture shows Wales Police entering the Pontyclun Van Hire base earlier this morning (Monday). A 48-year old male is in police custody.


Julian Bray Aviation Security expert writes: Is this the box van from South Wales, used in the Finsbury Park terrorist incident overnight? One person killed and 10 seriously injured, as a white hire van was driven into a crowd departing a North London Finsbury Park Mosque following a late night service to mark the breaking of a Ramadan fast.  

Fleeting overhead images captured from a news helicopter briefly included the distinctive side of the suspect van, and we seem to remember a number of these vans being used at Cardiff Airport.

If this is the case, then clearly the current investigation needs to be immediately widened to include South Wales and other regional hire centres. 

Hiring such a van is now relatively easy, due to recent DVLA changes, as the hirer only has to provide a generic DVLA check code, valid for a period of 21 days,  thand the hire company need make not further security checks in order to hire out vehicles.and commentators are concerned that now the DVLA no longer issue a detailed paper counterpart driving licence in addition to the credit card size driving licence it is even easier to hire a van as the  Pontyclun Van hire website suggests;


Welcome to Pontyclun Van Hire

Established for over 25 years, Pontyclun Van Hire
provide quality vans, trucks and other vehicles 
for hire in the South Wales area.
We are open seven days a week,
including bank holidays, enabling you
 to collect and return your vehicle exactly
when it suits you.
The DVLA website says:

View or share your driving licence information
You can use this service to:
  • view your driving record, for example vehicles you can drive
  • check your penalty points or disqualifications
  • create a licence ‘check code’ to share your driving record
  • with someone, for example a car hire company
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The AAIB this morning (18 June 2017) sent an investigation team to investigate a light aircraft accident in Northamptonshire. The accident occurred near to Spanhoe Airfield, Corby, Northamptonshire. 

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