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Captain Schumer to the rescue!
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Posted August 17, 2009 by Phil Derner Jr.

Members of government love to speak up when it comes the airline industry, and Senator Charles Schumer has perhaps spoken the loudest.

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Curtis Saxton was stranded in Salt Lake City with his wife and two children. (Screengrab via ABC4)
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Here’s Why You Don’t Fly Cross-Country on Standby Tickets With Kids During the Summer When You’re Broke

Posted August 22, 2012 by NYCA Admin

The Saxton family was stranded at Salt Lake City International Airport for six days, but it wasn’t anyone’s fault but their own.

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Ann Coulter is A-Ok Flying With Black Female Pilots…We Think

Posted January 31, 2013 by Phil Derner Jr.

Much of the internet is under the belief that Ann Coulter marched off of a plane because the pilot was a black woman. But is it true?

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In preparation for its flight to New York, Space Shuttle Enterprise is mounted to the top of the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at Dulles Airport early Friday morning. (Photo by NASA/Bill Ingals)
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Will Intrepid Love and Honor Space Shuttle Enterprise?

Posted May 2, 2012 by Phil Derner Jr.

Our ups, downs and more downs in dealing with the Intrepid Museum, including aircraft abuse and putting profit over enthusiasm.

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A Real Solution to Suicide-Murder By Pilot? The 7 Past Incidents to Learn From

Posted March 27, 2015 by Phil Derner Jr.

What can be changed in order to prevent another Germanwings 9525 from happening? Is there a foolproof solution? We learn from these past events…

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Actual photo of me catching up on some sleep before departing on a ferry flight to God-knows-where.
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The High Risk Job of a Military Charter Loadmaster

Posted May 1, 2013 by Phil Derner Jr.

People jumped onto the internet Tuesday and saw the shockingly intense video of Monday’s National Airlines 747 crash that took place just after takeoff from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Though it is so very early in the investigation, early speculation indicates that it may have been a shift in the cargo load on the aircraft, […]

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Aviation Loses a Great Man and a Better Friend

Posted January 26, 2013 by Phil Derner Jr.

NYCAviation lost Co-Owner Matt Molnar this week, a loss that means so much to the aviation world and all those that were lucky enough to call him a friend.

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Gate Agents: Pawns of the Airline Industry

Posted June 24, 2014 by Phil Derner Jr.

Their role in being the ones out front who often end up being sacrificed for those standing behind them is the reason that they are indeed the pawns of the industry.

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Rendering of the new American Airlines livery on a Boeing 777-300ER. (Image by American Airlines)
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New American Airlines Branding Draws Mixed Reviews From Fliers

Posted January 17, 2013 by NYCA Admin

American Airlines revealed its new look on Thursday, tossing out the polished metal and Helvetica in favor of gray paint and Fruitiger.

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 97004, the accident aircraft, is seen here flying hot weather/high altitude trials in Mexico. (Photo by Andre Austin Du-Pont Rocha/Mexico Air Spotters M.A.S.)
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Russian Intelligence Blames United States For Superjet Crash

Posted May 31, 2012 by NYCA Admin

A week before rescuers found the crashed Superjet’s flight data recorder on Thursday, Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency claimed that the most plausible cause of the crash was electronic sabotage by the US military.

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(Photo by Mark Eisner, http://mark.theeisners.co.uk/)
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Cockpit Jumpseating: The Best Seat in the House

Posted August 20, 2014 by Phil Derner Jr.

Working in aviation brings me some of the greatest experiences of my life. Few of them come close to being able to ride up front in airliners in the cockpit jumpseat.

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New York Magazine's Hurricane Sandy cover, "The City and the Storm."
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New York Mag’s Stunning Sandy Cover Was Shot From A Moving Helicopter

Posted November 5, 2012 by NYCA Admin

How photographer Iwan Baan captured Hurricane Sandy’s Manhattan blackout in one photo.

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Plane Crashes: The Media S***storm

Posted July 9, 2013 by Phil Derner Jr.

What message is the mainstream media sending to the public after an event like plane crash, and why?

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A US Air Force Boeing VC-25 (SAM 29000) flies over Mount Rushmore. (Photo by US Air Force)
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Pentagon Frustrated With Boeing After Moving Air Force One Work to Texas

Posted September 17, 2012 by NYCA Admin

The Pentagon has fired off a sternly-worded letter to Boeing regarding the airframer’s move of Air Force One repairs from Kansas to Texas.

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A group of New York based aviation photographers hanging out at LAX last October, doing what we love. Photo courtesy Maggie Bradley.
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Your Role in the Hobby of Plane Spotting

Posted May 8, 2014 by Phil Derner Jr.

Many people have a preconceived notion that taking photos of airliners is illegal, harmful, or dangerous. They couldn’t be any more wrong.

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Relaxing in the engine of a 767 after landing in Romania in 2007. Oh, and the engine wasn't on.
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Looking Back: Fueling a Life of Aviation

Posted March 13, 2013 by Phil Derner Jr.

Every aviation enthusiast has a collection of small stories that they can reminisce on to think about how they developed their passion for all that flies. This is mine.

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Regional Jets, The Cure or the Disease?

Posted May 22, 2014 by Phil Derner Jr.

The emergence of regional jets in the 1990s was a major game-changer among the business models of legacy carriers that are still evolving today. Are they saving an otherwise hurting industry, or more of a hindrance?

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Should American replace the eagle in its logo with the Twitter bird?
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American Airlines Responds to Every Tweet, Even When Your Handle is @hotdoghandjobs

Posted August 2, 2012 by NYCA Admin

American has done an exemplary job of keeping their Twitter complainants happy, or at the very least, responding in a timely fashion.

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Fatal Facts: Analyzing the Truth Behind Airline Crash Safety Statistics

Posted March 31, 2015 by Phil Derner Jr.

We always hear how safe air travel is, referenced with various brief stats and phrases, but where do they come from? Here’s the air travel safety breakdown.

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FAA Headquarters in Washington DC. (Photo by Matthew Bisanz, via Wikimedia Commons)
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Did FAA Managers Urge Employees to Vote Democrat?

Posted September 5, 2012 by NYCA Admin

FAA managers illegally told workers that Republican wins would mean budget cuts for the agency, according to a government transparency group.

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