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8/6/2020

Atlas Air's stock price has surged since the beginning of the year, as investors are attracted by rising cargo prices caused by increased demand and the capacity cut attributable to fewer passenger flights. "After an initial surge in demand to ship personal protective equipment, the market is transitioning back towards more traditional airfreight products such as electronics, capital goods, perishables and pharmaceuticals," one investment firm advised its clients.

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8/6/2020

A new $4.5 million terminal is poised to open at Murfreesboro Municipal Airport. "We want the terminal to present air travelers with the best first impression possible and to fill the needs of our growing city for the next half-century," said Airport Manager Chad Gehrke.

8/6/2020

Efforts to improve the technological interface between airlines and travel agents have not stopped, although the emphasis has shifted from "adding branded fares and exploring new optional service" to "recognizing that this pathway offers a faster way to get updated and relevant messages to travelers about changing circumstances," said Jonathan Savitch, ATPCO's chief commercial officer. For example, Air Canada has deployed an upgrade that allows easier booking of "friends and family" tickets.

8/6/2020

PrivateFly, Directional Aviation's online air charter booking platform, will offer a jet card program in the US and Europe to take advantage of an increase in private jet travel since the pandemic. In partnership with Sentient Jet, the company will provide frequent flyers with fixed hourly rates for a minimum of 25-hour blocks.

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8/6/2020

Wilbarger County Airport in Vernon, Texas, and Bowie Municipal Airport, also in Texas, each will take on pavement upgrades. The enhancements will be funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which will provide a total of $2.7 million to both airports.

8/6/2020

Footage from many of the most majestic scenes of Icelandic glaciers, waterfalls and gorges that have appeared in movies and TV shows, such as "Game of Thrones," have been captured from pilot Jon Kjartan Bjornsson's helicopter. He helps filmmakers get the desired shots by flying close to remote landscapes and was instrumental in creating FlyOver Iceland, an immersive sensory ride that takes viewers to inaccessible corners of the island.

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8/6/2020

A new flight simulation device provides a safe way for Black Hawk helicopter pilots at Fort Bragg Army Base in Fayetteville, N.C., to practice flying in combat under difficult conditions. The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer features enhanced graphics, options for various locations and terrain and the opportunity to fly simulated missions with fellow pilots at Fort Bragg or other military bases.

8/6/2020

The Federal Aviation Administration is requesting information from operators of aircraft with some modified Continental O-470 engines after receiving a report of a power loss and forced landing incident traced to a fractured crankshaft in a converted engine.

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8/5/2020

The US is working with international arms buyers on payment plans and loans from US banks to help protect weapons deals amid the economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. "The bottom line here is, we are willing to work with our allies and partners, when they raise the challenges that they have, to find ways for them to continue to buy American and to ensure that they can pay for the equipment along a payment schedule that reflects their own economic conditions," Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper said.

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Defense News
8/5/2020

The US Army's Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense is among several initiatives that will expand the US military's use of laser weapons in coming years. The Missile Defense Agency, meanwhile, is standing up a new Aegis Ashore defense system in Poland as the US Navy improves its ability to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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