Lost in the Bowels of LHR. What commercial pilot Alan Cockrell hates about London’s Heathrow might actually surprise you – unless you are a commercial pilot! Click here to read his post on DecisionHeight to find out more.
The Last RAF Vickers VC10 Retires to Surrey. The BBC, Harborough Mail and ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk all have articles about the last Vickers VC10 built in the UK being flown to a Surrey airfield after being retired from RAF service. The RAF operated 28 VC10s for 47 years with the last aircraft to be put on display at Dunsfold Park.
easyJet Denies Boarding to a Passenger Who Tweeted a Complaint. In an odd story, a lecturer who sent a tweet complaining about easyJet after his flight from Glasgow to London was delayed was subsequently denied boarding. An easyJet spokesman said: “EasyJet has never denied boarding due to comments on social media.” However, the airline also tweeted an apology to Leiser.
The Perfect Accessory for a Pilot’s Car. Want to show the world that you are a pilot? Get a Carprop, a free spinning propeller that mounts on the front of a car or truck and spins as the car moves. Mounting hardware is included and it installs in minutes while the base can be painted to match your vehicle color (optional). For more information, visit Carprop.com.
Stunning Alaska Photos. The Alaska Dispatch has posted a gallery of stunning photographs taken by a bush pilot flying through Lake Clark Pass from the Cook Inlet to a magnificent lake some 100 air miles into Southwest Alaska:
CAA Guidance on Sky Lantern Releases. In 2011/2012, there were 186 formal notifications of events made to the CAA where over 14,000 sky lanterns, sometimes known as Chinese lanterns, were released. However, the CAA recommended that 30 of these events should not take place due to their proximity to airports. The CAA is also reminding organisers that they must notify the CAA so they can warn airspace users of the possibility of encountering the lanterns in a given area.
Rarest Stamp Error in US History Commemorated. Finally and to celebrate the opening of the William H. Gross Gallery at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum and promote October as National Stamp Collecting Month, the US Postal Service has dedicated a new $2 version of the most publicized stamp error in US history today: The 24-cent 1918 Curtiss Jenny Inverted airmail stamp. Strangely, the original stamp was created to honor the first airmail flight where the pilot got lost, flew in the wrong direction and crashed while a printing error depicted the biplane as flying upside down. The Inverted Jenny souvenir sheet is available at USPS.com/Stamps.