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Dexter, the emotional support peacock United Airlines wouldn't let fly, dies unexpectedly

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Dexter, the emotional support peacock who captured the public’s attention when he was denied entry on a United flight earlier this year, died unexpectedly in his “favorite human’s arms,” his owner announced Tuesday. The peacock’s owner, New York City-based artist Ventiko, revealed on an Instagram account specifically created for Dexter that the peafowl died around 1 p.m. on July 22. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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How FlightAware Turned into SharkAware Last Month

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When Southwest Airlines’ Brand Partnerships & Entertainment PR Team reached out to FlightAware about their plans to launch five aircraft with special shark insignia, we knew there was the potential to do something really fun and creative. The sky was the limit both literally and figuratively... (www.southwestaircommunity.com) More...

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VIDEO: Runway Incursion: Near-Disaster at Springfield Branson National Airport

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On Wednesday June 27, 2018, about 12:51 central daylight time, a runway incursion occurred at Springfield-Branson National Airport, Springfield, Missouri when an airport operations vehicle ("VAN 7") crossed runway 14 while an Embraer 145, operated by Envoy Air as flight ENY 3660, was on its takeoff roll with 57 passengers aboard. This video reveals the circumstances surrounding the incursion, and the audio (courtesy of LiveATC.net) appears to unambiguously pin this incident squarely on… (www.youtube.com) More...

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Sun Country Airlines to launch Nashville services

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Sun Country Airlines this week announced that it will introduced Nashville to its growing network, launching flights to six cities from the Tennessee airport. On 1 November it will begin a twice-weekly service from Minneapolis-St. Paul, with New Orleans (launching 2 November), Southwest Florida (2 November), Miami (3 November), Tampa (3 November) and Orlando (4 November) launching in the following days, with these five services also scheduled to be flown twice-weekly throughout the W18/19… (www.anna.aero) More...

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European and US airports battle it out in Week 32 of the Arch of Triumph 2018

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It was the battle of Europe and North Atlantic in Week 32 of the 2018 Arch of Triumph competition, with six airports (four US; two European) battling it out for FTWA supremacy. This week saw Alicante and Liverpool represent the continent of Europe, with the Spanish Costa Blanca airport and the mighty city on the River Mersey going up against Buffalo, Hartford, Jacksonville and Norfolk in the US. While the six threw down an average score of 31.2, a very respectable effort indeed, they still fell… (www.anna.aero) More...

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Boeing foresees more single-aisle delivery delays in the 3rd quarter

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Seattle - Last week Boeing said that it foresees more delivery setbacks of its best-selling single-aisle due to the delays of fuselages and engines from suppliers. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Poor air quality in the cockpit makes pilots more prone to failure

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Cambridge - According to a new study led by Harvard T.H. School of Public Health, poor air quality makes pilots more prone to failure. Scientists are now raising the question of whether bad air values in the cockpit pose a flight safety risk. Thirty commercial airline pilots took part in the research. They were split into two groups. Pilots in each group were required to complete a three 3-hour flight simulation that consisted of 21 maneuvers without the help of autopilot. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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FAA workgroup urges low-speed rejected takeoff guidance

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An FAA-sponsored working group has recommended the US agency develop guidance requiring demonstrations that aircraft can be controlled when an engine suddenly loses thrust during the low-speed portion of a takeoff run, as well as training recommendations for pilots on how to respond to the rare but potentially tricky events. (www.atwonline.com) More...

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Pilot-training improvements in limbo: Russian investigators

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Russian investigators are claiming that several recommendations intended to enhance and reinforce pilot training have yet to be introduced. The Interstate Aviation Committee says it has previously noted “shortcomings” in the training of crews during inquiries into several accidents. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Lufthansa tests water-scavenger additive for fuel decontamination

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Lufthansa is trialling use of a kerosene additive to remove water from fuel tanks on board aircraft. The "water scavenger" additive disperses water within the fuel, enabling removal of the contaminant from the system via the engine's combustion process. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Ryanair targeted with legal action over flight disruption

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Compensation-claim processing site Flightright has initiated legal action in Germany on behalf of passengers seeking compensation for Ryanair flight delays and cancellations resulting from strikes. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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