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Airbus wins European Space Agency TRUTHS mission study for metrological traceability of Earth observation data
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Airbus wins European Space Agency TRUTHS mission study for metrological traceability of Earth observation data Consistent calibration will also enhance existing satellite missions Airbus has been awarded the lead in the European Space Agency (ESA) contract for the TRUTHS A/B1 (System feasibility Studies and Pre-Developments) as part of ESA’s Earth Observation Earth Watch programme. The TRUTHS satellite mission will collect measurements of the Sun radiation and of the sunlight reflected off Earth's surface traced to an absolute metrological reference, which will then be used to improve...
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UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses
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UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses Laboratory tests demonstrate 99.9% disinfection rate with every tray treated immediately before each passenger uses it System - provided by Smiths Detection - sees each tray pass through a covered ‘UV-tunnel’ fixed underneath the exiting hand luggage screening system Treatment already in use at Gatwick and will be rolled out to eight security lanes - six for passengers and two for staff - by end of next month Gatwick is the first airport in the UK to treat...
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Birmingham airport implements electronic flights progress strips
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Birmingham airport implements electronic flights progress strips Birmingham Airport has implemented a new flight data display system within its Air Traffic Control Tower to further enhance how it handles the hundred thousand flights per year that operate in and out of the Airport. Electronic Flight Progress Strips (EFPS) have replaced the old paper-based system that Air Traffic Controllers used to monitor and track the progress for each flight operating in and out of Birmingham Airport. The main benefits of EFPS include safety nets to assist controllers in detecting potential...
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New cutting edge CT security equipment at Heathrow
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Heathrow invests over £50 million in cutting edge CT security equipment in UK airport first Passengers could soon keep their liquids and laptops inside their cabin baggage when passing through security at Heathrow after the airport revealed plans to install next-generation CT security equipment The airport is investing over £50 million in the next few years to roll the equipment out. Once fully operational, the enhanced technology is expected to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastics at Heathrow, with passengers no longer required to put liquids in plastic bags Heathrow...
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Concorde & the future of supersonic passenger travel
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I think a lot of people, including many not normally interested in aviation, would like to see a Concorde fly again. I'm not concerned which Concorde took to the air but I suspect the more time goes by the less likely it is, and there didn't seem too much chance once the decision had been taken to ground the French and British fleets permanently. It was generally believed that the most likely candidate would be G-BOAF, the last Concorde to be built in Britain and the last Concorde ever to fly - so far!! AF returned to her place of birth at Filton but then spent seven years in the open...
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Heathrow offers FREE landing charges for a year for 1st electric plane
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Heathrow offers free landing charges for a year to UK’s first electric plane Heathrow to start the clock ticking on the UK’s first electric commercial flight, announcing the aircraft will be able to touch down at the UK’s hub free of charge for a year – a prize worth nearly £1million Speaking at the BusinessGreen Summit, CEO John Holland-Kaye will open the incentive to all airlines operating at Heathrow both now and in the future The grand innovation prize is the latest in a suite of measures designed to encourage airlines to pursue clean growth and deploy their cleanest, quietest...
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Southwest Airlines Announces Five New Routes to Savannah/Hilton Head International
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Southwest Airlines Announces Five New Routes to Savannah/Hilton Head International The airline will offer nonstop flights: Savannah/Hilton Head to: Initial service nonstop each day up to: One-way fare as low as: Baltimore/Washington 2 flights each way $49 Chicago (Midway) 1 flight each way $79 Dallas (Love Field) 1 flight each way $79 Houston (Hobby) 1 flight each way $79 Nashville 1 flight each way $49 The number of seats, days, and markets for these fares are limited. See a full list of fares, fare rules, and terms and conditions below and at Southwest.com...
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Easyjet posts first ever annual loss...

"easyJet's first ever annual loss - £1.27 billion year ending 30 September 2020. A summary of the main points: 1. Expected to fly just 20% of normal capacity into next year. 2. The airline welcomed news of vaccine as underlying demand for air travel is strong - bookings rose nearly 50% when news of the vaccine was made public last week. 3. The pandemic has put great pressure on easyJet's finances forcing it to take on more debt, ask shareholders for extra cash and sell more aircraft. 4. The airline's CEO believes that in the near future easyJet should not need more than the £3 billion already raised. Unsurprisingly as he is the CEO he is bullish about the current situation."

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The next Jet2 base is...

" I think that today's earlier discussion on the LBA Jet2 thread contained some big hints. Excellent news to see the rumours were true. Mytilene and Kalamata are new to BRS as far as I can remember, and it's great to see Salzburg back as a summer route. For years it's been ski-season only at BRS. It now remains to see how easyJet, Ryanair and TUI react. Addendum It looks as though Salzburg might in fact be a skis season route too.

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Love him or hate him? Farewell Donald Trump

"Yep Joe Biden is President elect though President Trump is challenging the counts is several states i believe and hasn't conceded. With an Irish American Catholic in the White House the so called special relationship will be interesting especially concerning the GFA and an open border on the island of Ireland. World is going to be a different place!"......

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Kanoni Cafe, A planespotters paradise!

"For the most relaxing plane spotting head to the Kanoni Cafe in Kanoni which is the end of the line for the Blue Bus number 2A (I think) from Corfu Town. It is great for watching the approach over the sea and the landing on the single airport runway. I think they have moved the town buses since we were there so not certain where they run from from now (was San Rocco Sq I think) but the fare is only about 1/2€ and is even cheaper if you buy a strip of tickets from a Periptero (kiosk) rather than from the driver. (All info from about 6 years ago) Very atmospheric and cheap too. Went there every evening when we were last there".....

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