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Pilot arrested in Norwich admits being over drink limit

A pilot has admitted flying a passenger jet from Spain while three times over the alcohol limit.

Pilot Ian Jennings arriving at Norwich Magistrates' Court Credit: PA Images

Ian Jennings, 47, from Gale Moor Avenue, Gosport, Hampshire, was arrested at Norwich Airport last month after landing a commercial chartered plane with about ten people on board.

Today at Norwich Magistrates' Court he admitted flying while the alcohol in his breath was over the prescribed limit.

The offence carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

The police had received information from a member of the public and attended Norwich Airport.

The passengers were allowed to get off the aircraft and he was breathalysed.

This offence is aggravated by the fact he had flown from Spain with passengers on board.

– Prosecutor Lesla Small

Officers detected 31 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 militres of breath - the limit for pilots is nine microgrammes while the limit for drivers is 35.

Marcus Crosskell, mitigating for Jennings, said: "He is a gentleman of unblemished character with a 20-year-plus career as a pilot."

Magistrates said the case was so serious it would have to be sentenced by a crown court judge at a later date.

Jennings was released on bail on the condition he does not fly any aircraft.

His licence has been suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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Norwich Airport sold to Rigby Group PLC

Norwich Airport is under new ownership. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norwich Airport has been sold to regional airport owner Rigby Group PLC.

It's the third airport to be bought by the group, who also own Coventry and Exeter Airports.

The company's CEO Sir Peter Rigby is worth £550m according to The Sunday Times rich list.

“Regional airports are vitally important to the economic development of regions, not just in the UK but across the world," Chairman and Chief Executive Sir Peter Rigby said.

"To survive and prosper, smaller regional airports need to cooperate and collaborate - enabling them to benefit from the economies of scale and sharing of best practice traditionally enjoyed by larger hub airports.

“I am delighted to welcome everyone at Norwich International Airport to our fast growing team.

Over the last decade they have worked hard to establish the site as East Anglia's flagship aviation hub, and I am very much looking forward to working together as we continue to expand operations and build on that success.”

Budding engineers to descend on Norwich Airport

KLM UK, which operates from Norwich, is looking for trainee mechanics. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the world's biggest airliners is opening its hangar doors in Norwich to budding engineers of the future.

KLM UK, which operates flights from Norwich Airport to European destinations, is holding its annual Apprentices Day as it opens for the process of recruiting new trainee mechanics.

More than 100 young job-seekers are expected to descend on the aero firm to hear more about their flagship four-year training programme, which includes both theory work and hands-on learning.

Passenger numbers up at Norwich Airport

Offshore helicopter flights have helped boost figures Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norwich Airport has seen some of the biggest increases in passenger numbers in the UK according to new figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority.

The number of holiday makers using the airport has increased by 45 percent while offshore helicopter traffic saw a year of record growth.

Passenger numbers up at Norwich Airport

KLM operates regular services from Norwich Credit: ITV Anglia

Norwich Airport has reported a growth in the number of passengers using it in 2013. Four hundred and sixty thousand people passed through the terminal building at Norwich last year.

That's up seven point six percent on the previous year.

Passenger aircraft preparing to depart from Norwich Airport

Offshore helicopter traffic taking workers to gas rigs was up 18 percent.

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Airport's emergency exercise

Norwich Airport Credit: ITV Anglia

A major emergency excersise will be taking place at Norwich Airport this evening.

Senior managers are drafting in volunteers to act as injured passengers and emergency crews will respond to a simulated plane crash.

The airport is required by law to carry out a major emergency exercise every two years Credit: ITV Anglia

More jobs at airport

More jobs at Norwich Airport Credit: ITV Anglia

At least 20 new jobs have been created at Norwich Airport. The airport says it needs to recruit extra staff to cater for a predicted increase in passenger numbers this summer compared to last year. New routes to destinations such as Tenerife and Tunisia are set to be launched.

Airline celebrates 10 years of Norwich to Scotland flights

Airline bmi regional is celebrating a decade of flying between Norwich and Aberdeen Credit: bmi regional

The airline bmi regional is marking a decade of flights between Norwich and Aberdeen. The service first started on 31 March 2003 and now operates twice daily on weekdays.

Cathal O’Connell chief executive of bmi regional, said: "Since the launch of the Aberdeen to Manchester and Norwich service, we have had consistently strong load factors, thanks to the continued support of our customers."

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