British Civil Aviation in 1980

29 May
Westland Helicopters receives orders for 32 Lynx helicopters.

5 June
British Airways Helicopters introduces the Sikorsky S76 to fly services to North Sea drilling platforms.

6 June
British Aerospace (BAe) delivers eight Hawk T53s to the Indonesian Air Force.

1 August
Gatwick Airport in Surrey celebrate its 50th anniversary.

7 August
The Strathallan Aircraft Collection closes, following the sale of most of its aircraft.

26 October
British Airways flights between Spain and the United Kingdom are transferred from London Heathrow to London Gatwick.

1 November
With passenger levels at only 40% of capacity, British Airways terminates its Concorde services to Bahrain and Singapore.

9 November
The last paying passenger flight of the de Havilland Comet 4C (G-BDIW), flies from London Gatwick. On board are air enthusiasts commemorating the first flight of a Comet 30 years previously.

18-21 November
British aviator Judith Chisholm establishes a new record for a solo flight by a woman, between England and Australia. Flying a Cessna Turbo Centurion she completes the journey in 3 days 13 hours.

3 December
Briton Judith Chisholm lands at Heathrow airport after completing a round-the-world flight in 15 days, 22 minutes. This time is virtually half the previous record time, set by Sheila Scott.

16 December
British Aerospace (BAe) hands over the first two Hawk trainers of fifty for the Finnish Air Force.

31 December
Rolls-Royce and Teledyne Continental of the United States terminate their licensing agreement which allowed Rolls-Royce to produce Continental engines in the United Kingdom.