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Are Airplane Seats Sturdy Enough for Overweight America? The Cost of Safety vs. Fuel

Posted May 9, 2012 by NYCA Admin

The 60-year-old FAA weight standard for airliner seats seems outdated relative to America’s expanding waistlines, but is that reason enough for an update?

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Runway 10 at Pompano Beach, Fla. (Photo by John Spade via Flickr)
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Top 10 Posts of the Week: Shuttle Enterprise Pics, Inside Lufthansa’s New 747-8 and More

Posted May 4, 2012 by NYCA Admin

Photos of Space Shuttle Enterprise landing in New York plus pics of the first Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I beat out the TSA finding landmines in a woman’s luggage.

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A shiny Spirit Airlines Airbus A320. (Photo by Matt Molnar)
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Why Spirit’s New $100 Carry On Fee Isn’t As Crazy As It Sounds

Posted May 3, 2012 by NYCA Admin

Spirit’s last minute carry on fee has spiked to $100 each way, but, believe it or not, for a good reason.

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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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Cessna 421 Golden Eagle (N48DL) that went down in the Gulf of Mexico on April 19, seen here on a brighter day at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. (Photo by Daniel Compton)
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Gulf of Mexico Plane Crash May Have Been Caused by Pressurization Problems, Early Evidence Indicates

Posted April 19, 2012 by NYCA Admin

While it will take months or years to find a definitive cause of the crash of the Cessna 421 that went down in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, initial evidence may indicate that the pilot lost consciousness due to pressurization issues.

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Danger sign at St. Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport.
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Video: When Surfing the Fence in Saint Maarten Goes Terribly Wrong

Posted April 7, 2012 by NYCA Admin

The jet blast warning signs at Maho Beach are generally ignored, but a new video of a woman face planting behind a JetBlue takeoff might prove the signs are there for good reason.

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JetBlue CEO Dave Barger appeared on NBC's Today. (Screengrab from NBC)
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JetBlue Pilot Meltdown: The Day After

Posted March 28, 2012 by NYCA Admin

Less than a day after JetBlue Captain Clayton Osbon suffered a psychotic episode while operating a flight to Vegas, the morning talk shows essentially boiled the incident down to one ridiculous question: “Will a psychopathic airline employee kill me and my family today?”

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An LSG Sky Chefs truck seen at DFW in 2006
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Dead Airport Worker Delays Catering for Dallas Flights

Posted March 19, 2012 by NYCA Admin

The unfortunate death of an LSG Sky Chefs employee was made more unfortunate by a brief Associated Press report of the incident.

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American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall on Charlie Rose
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Video: Former American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall Interviewed on Charlie Rose

Posted March 15, 2012 by NYCA Admin

The outspoken former CEO of American Airlines made an appearance on the Charlie Rose Show on Tuesday, where he shared insight about a number of issues, ranging from the failure of deregulation to the future of his bankrupt old airline.

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Westchester County Airport's control tower, which Fox 5 reports will be responsible for the apocalypse.
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Debunking the Sleeping Westchester Airport Air Traffic Controllers Story

Posted February 28, 2012 by NYCA Admin

Last week, Joe Walden from New York’s Fox 5 fueled up the trusty news van with a tank of hyperbole and ventured out to Westchester County Airport, where he was met by all sorts of dastardly wrongdoing that could potentially kill every man, woman and child in the tri-state area. Or not.

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Video: Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Caught on Tape from Orlando Airport

Posted February 22, 2012 by Phil Derner Jr.

Only the second known amateur video of the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy has surfaced 26 years after the disaster.

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Tight ramp areas at airports like LGA make it smart for airlines like Southwest to implement their new wireless ground communication system. (Photo by Matt Smith)
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Southwest Goes Wireless On the Ramp, Saving Dollars and Lives

Posted February 22, 2012 by Phil Derner Jr.

Southwest Airlines has implemented a wireless communication system from Flightcom for airport rampers, not only to keep people safe, but to help out the bottom line as well.

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Spirit Airlines Jumps On the Jeremy Lin Bandwagon

Posted February 21, 2012 by NYCA Admin

Following their time-honored tradition of using sales inspired by current events, Spirit’s latest email sale recites one of the dozens of puns the sports media have come up with for the surname of breakout Knicks star Jeremy Lin.

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Welcome Aboard the New NYCAviation.com!

Posted February 20, 2012 by NYCAviation Staff

We have launched the fourth site redesign since our inception back in 2003, which allows our readers and members to more easily navigate all that our site has to offer, while paving the way for other site features that are coming in the near future!

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Video: Buh-Bye from SNL’s Total Bastard Airlines

Posted February 5, 2012 by NYCA Admin

A classic skit from the early-90s cast of Saturday Night Live features virtually everyone on the show at the time, including David Spade, Chris Farley and Adam Sandler.

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Video: Things Flight Attendants Say

Posted January 25, 2012 by NYCA Admin

Someone had to do it: A Flight Attendant version to add to the exploding “Stuff [insert type of person here] Say” viral video genre. Good news: It’s funny.

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Red Tails Delivers Stunning Special Effects, But No Substance: Movie Review

Posted January 22, 2012 by NYCA Admin

Red Tails reduces one of World War II’s most compelling stories to the intellectual level of a Disney cartoon. But the special effects are great.

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The Why, How and Where of Flight Diversions

Posted November 3, 2011 by Phil Derner Jr.

While diversions do happen frequently, the decision to land a plane perhaps hundreds or thousands of miles from its destination is not taken lightly. A look at why planes divert and how pilots, dispatchers and managers choose where to land your plane safely.

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Captain Schumer to the rescue!
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Piloticians

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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