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Was WestJet’s “Scary” Approach Really As Bad As It Seemed?

Posted March 20, 2017 by David J. Williams

Over the past week, images and video of a Westjet 737 making a “scary” approach have been making the rounds. We examine what went right in that situation.

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The contract air traffic control tower at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) was one of 6 that were scheduled to be closed in the State of Connecticut in 2013.
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OPINION: The Risks of Reducing The FAA’s Control Of Our Aviation Infrastructure

Posted December 28, 2016 by David J. Williams

As a new presidential administration prepares to take over, questions loom regarding the future of how the FAA will control the nation’s aviation infrastructure.

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Four Engines vs. Two: The Surprising Mathematical Guarantee of Safety

Posted June 25, 2015 by David J. Williams

One would think that an aircraft with additional engines would provide even better performance on normal takeoffs, but the extra engines actually reduces it.

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The Evolution of Engine Starting: From Hand-Propping to Button Pushing

Posted March 6, 2015 by David J. Williams

For many of us, our first understanding on how to start an airplane was when Bugs Bunny started the engines of the “World’s Largest Airplane” in Hare Lift (FF to 2:04). With a simple push of a button, all of the radial engines were up and running. And as ridiculous as that was, in the […]

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A Lufthansa A-319 gets de-iced. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Aleksandr Martin
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Aviation News

How the Ice Fighting Technology on Your Plane Makes Winter Flying Safe

Posted November 6, 2014 by David J. Williams

Icing on baked goods is delicious. Icing on a plane can kill you. Unfortunately, many have died as a result, but the lessons learned have made preventive measures a piece of cake.

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Editorials

Are Regional Airlines Feeling the ‘Middle Class Squeeze’? A Look at United’s Hidden Costs

Posted October 28, 2014 by David J. Williams

United’s cost of regional service will be mostly prohibitive unless regional carriers are able to reduce costs by 30% to compete with the United’s own product.

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The speed ring is highly visible on this 1932 Waco biplane, used by Texaco. (Photo by RuthAS)
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Aviation News

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the History of Engine Cowlings

Posted October 9, 2014 by David J. Williams

Rarely is much attention paid to one of the most important design aspects of modern jet engines: The cowlings. Aviation safety expert David J. Williams explores the history and development of the modern engine enclosure.

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The Real Impact of Ebola on Airline Travel

Posted October 6, 2014 by David J. Williams

The rapid speed of jet airliners and the large capacities of the intercontinental wide-bodies make the rapid and distant spread of Ebola an issue.

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USAir Flight 5050 crashed at the end of La Guardia Airport's runway 31 after a rejected takeoff, killing 2.
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Losing an Engine on Takeoff: Abort It or Floor It?

Posted September 25, 2014 by David J. Williams

Engine failure on takeoff. Yikes! David Williams teaches us how pilots deal with the frightening prospect and the training that goes into making sure everyone comes out alive.

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Aviation Safety: Moving Forward by Looking Back

Posted June 19, 2014 by David J. Williams

Over the years, a particular focus has been placed on aviation safety improvements. Many of these improvements have come to be thanks to the lessons learned from past crashes.

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