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Airline News

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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Aviation News

St. Maarten’s Tropical Planespotting Paradise

Posted April 5, 2011 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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Columnists

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

Posted June 29, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

“You’re an airline pilot?” I was asked in a very serious tone. “I’ve got a real bone to pick with you guys!” the rant continued…

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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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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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Editorials

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 November 14, 2011 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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Flying into the night presents a new set of dangers and mystery ahead of you. (Photo by Gordeon Gebert Jr.)
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Ghosts of Octobers Past

Posted May 23, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

Columnist/Pilot Justin Schlechter shares a story of flight crew really earning their paychecks, as the the autumn nights over Canada bring some challenges in their 747 at the end of a long Pacific hop.

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