Pilots bid to give St Helena its own airline

Pilots in the UK are hoping to set up a dedicated airline for St Helena. The team behind Atlantic Star Airlines has already been in talks with the Department for International Development and the island’s eco resort developer, Shelco. Its existence has been known to some islanders for some time, but it was made public on […]

Firm wins contract to help pilots land in a St Helena mist

A European company is to supply a safe landing system for St Helena’s airport, reports an industry website. Thales will provide the airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) to provide pilots with reliable and accurate landing information in reduced visibility conditions, says airport-world.com. It will also supply a Doppler VHF Omni-directional Radio Range system (DVOR) to provide bearing information […]

Flying Frenchman takes off in ‘overgrown pushchair’

They’re used to seeing flying machines at the motocross track beyond Longwood. But Rémi Bruneton’s paraglider was a step up from briefly-airborne motorbikes. Bikers and spectators all stared as he flew a wide circuit before heading back to Francis Plain. On an island where aircraft of any kind are rarely seen, it was quite an oddity. […]

St Helena’s new paymaster knows a bit about airports

The new Secretary of State for International Development – the cabinet minister ultimately responsible for aid to St Helena – comes to the job with useful background knowledge on airports. Which is handy, because Justine Greening will carry on Andrew Mitchell’s work in keeping a close eye on the building of St Helena’s own airport. Mr […]