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Automation Myths: Do Planes Really Fly Themselves?

Posted July 16, 2014 by Patrick Smith

Flying is mysterious, and information is hard to come by. If the “experts” say automatic planes are possible, then why not?

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“The Why” Behind Accidental Door Slide Deployments

Posted July 9, 2014 by Patrick Smith

An Emergency Slide Inflated into the Cabin of a United Airlines 737. What Went Wrong? Plus: Evacuation Etiquette, and Everything You Need to Know About Doors.

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The Yin & Yang of Airline Identity (Part One)

Posted July 2, 2014 by Patrick Smith

Since the dawn of civil aviation, airlines have been devising and revising what they believe to be meaningful identities. But it’s the logo around which everything else revolves.

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Terminal Madness: What is Airport Security? (Part Two)

Posted June 25, 2014 by Patrick Smith

Why can’t TSA exhibit common sense now and then? If we’re to believe that TSA screeners are well-trained professionals, why can’t they handle an occasional judgment call?

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Terminal Madness: What is Airport Security? (Part One)

Posted June 18, 2014 by Patrick Smith

In America and much of the world, security enhancements put in place following the catastrophe of September 11th, 2001, have been drastic and of two kinds: those practical and effective, and those irrational and pointless.

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COMMENTARY: Economy Class Done Right

Posted June 11, 2014 by Patrick Smith

When it comes to economy class gripes, it’s legroom, or lack thereof, that most people whine about. There’s less and less of it, as airlines cram in extra rows, eager to squeeze out every last penny of revenue in the face of razor-thin profit margins.

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The Noisy, Sweaty Hell of Small Planes

Posted June 4, 2014 by Patrick Smith

I spent the better part of five years immersed in general aviation. Frankly, as I see it, those are 1,500 hours that I’m never getting back.

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COMMENTARY: Have Pillow, Will Travel (As Long As You’re a Girl)

Posted May 28, 2014 by Patrick Smith

Let’s talk for a minute about pillows. I’m vexed and perplexed by the widespread phenomenon of teenage girls carrying giant fluffy pillows onto airplanes.

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Does Cabin Air Make Us Sick?

Posted May 21, 2014 by Patrick Smith

In reality, the air inside the airplane cabin is a lot more clean than many people think.

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Turbulence: Everything You Need to Know, Part 2

Posted May 14, 2014 by Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith delves into wake turbulence, explaining the various factors behind this airborne phenomena and how pilots protect against the dangers of wake upsets.

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