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Initial Air France Flight 447 Black Box Info Raises More Questions Than Answers: Pilot

Posted May 31, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

Pilot/columnist Justin Schlechter examines what might have happened in the cockpit over the Atlantic on June 1st, 2009.

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Rebuilding the Perception of Airline Pilots, One Passenger at at Time

Posted July 24, 2014 by Justin Schlechter

Do you think the pilot is to blame when your flight hits turbulence or is delayed? Think again.

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#TBT: St. Maarten’s Tropical Plane Spotting Paradise

Posted July 3, 2014 by Justin Schlechter

Airline pilot and columnist Justin Schlechter goes back to his aviation enthusiast roots to share the experience of his first trip to St. Maarten.

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Approaches: Pilots Are Still Flying ‘Em!

Posted October 4, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

In a day when the flight deck is filled with automation, pilots love the opportunity to grab the controls and navigate their airplane to a challenging yet safe landing.

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How the Media Blew That Michelle Obama ‘Close Call’ Story: A Pilot’s Take

Posted April 22, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

Blaring headlines of the First Lady’s supposed brush with death were hysterically overhyped, says this airline pilot.

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Commentary: Why Did a B747 DreamLifter Land at Jabara?

Posted November 22, 2013 by Justin Schlechter

Many people wonder how this could happen, given the advanced avionics coupled with the impressive training all 747 pilots receive. This is a difficult question to answer, but consider these facts: it wasn’t the first time this has happened, as commercial flights have landed at incorrect destinations in the past. If history repeats itself, an errant landing will almost certainly happen again.

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Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better! A Pilot’s Perspective of the B747-8F

Posted May 30, 2013 by Justin Schlechter

In the Broadway Musical “Annie Get Your Gun”, Annie Oakley bellows in the final scene “Anything you can do, I can do better! I can do anything better than you!” If airplanes could talk, I’m pretty sure that Boeing’s latest 747 variant, the B747-8F, would say the same thing to its predecessor! Let’s get something […]

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American 757 braving dusty snow in Boston. (Photo by Ron Stella)
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A Wicked Winter’s Eve in the Skies: Pilots DO Feel Bad When Weather Delays Your Flight

Posted January 13, 2012 by Justin Schlechter

Out of sight and out of mind is such an easy mindset to fall into, but down a winding jetway, a flight crew sits in the front of a widebody airliner and truly feels badly for the delays that mother nature is throwing at their customers this cold wintry night.

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The Adventures of Crew Layovers!

Posted July 17, 2014 by Justin Schlechter

Few stop to think about what their flight crew is doing after they disembark at the end of their journey. Millions tune-in to watch the exciting lives of pilots and flight attendants in their free time on TV. But what really goes on?

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The front office a B767-300 can get hectic in a hurry no matter how skilled the pilots in the seats. (Photo by Brian Futterman)
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The Clock Is Ticking: Inside the Cockpit of a Japan-Bound Airliner During the Quake

Posted March 25, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

Airline pilot and NYCAviation columnist Justin Schlechter gives us a glimpse into the flightdeck while pilots manage the stresses of trying to land in Japan immediately after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

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