While the ability to travel for free is a definite perk of being an airline pilot, the ability to ride in the jumpseat is more of a necessary evil. It is small and uncomfortable, but it can also be the difference between a pilot making it to work on time and being stuck in an airport thousands of miles away.
Like most other aviation calamities, the 583 people killed in 1977 when a KLM 747 struck a Pan Am 747 at Tenerife resulted not from a single error or failure, but from a chain of improbable errors and failures, together with a stroke or two of really bad luck.
Imagine that you’re the captain of an airliner, cruising at 40,000 feet, when you experience an explosive decompression. What do you do next to get back on the ground?
Crosswind landings may look dramatic or even unsafe. In reality, they are being performed by highly skilled pilots in a constantly changing environment. NYCAviation columnist David Williams examines various crosswind techniques and a couple recent videos of commercial aircraft landing in a crosswind.
Some say pilots are “livin’ the dream”. And some…might be right! Follow a day in the life of an airline pilot through the eyes, and camera, of Cap’n Aux.
Aditya Palnitkar is an incredibly accomplished young man. Not only is he a world traveller who speaks several languages, he is also an author and businessman.
Flying high above the earth where the air is thin, the human body requires enough oxygen to keep it functioning. But how exactly are the necessary oxygen levels provided, and what happens when aircraft pressurization systems fail?
The basic design of the jet airliner has remained unchanged for the last 50 years. New technology and the quest for fuel efficiency may lead to new design innovations.
Do pilots really “suck” at manual flying, as a soon-to-be-released FAA report suggests? Airbus Captain and author Eric “Cap’n Aux” Auxier explores this disturbing possibility.
Over the years, a particular focus has been placed on aviation safety improvements. Many of these improvements have come to be thanks to the lessons learned from past crashes.
I have been tracking the Solar Impulse flight across the United States for quite a while now, and when word finally came down on the date and time of the landing at New York, I was excited. Not much keeps me up at 3am, but the chance to see a totally solar powered aircraft was […]
We promised you when we ran our article on the Delta Airlines’ premium international cabin upgrades earlier this year that another article on domestic cabin changes was to follow. Today we deliver on that promise as we take a look at Delta’s domestic first class, which NYCAviation flew back in December of 2012 from Detroit […]
Flying, at least commercially, is sort of humdrum for me these days. I guess that when you fly at least four times a month for two years, the magic of rocketing through the sky five miles up in a chair wears off. It doesn’t help either that there isn’t much I haven’t done, when it […]
As the pundits have it, our airlines are running out of pilots. But is this true?
My first thought after seeing the new American logo and type was: “Sigh.” But I’m trying to be optimistic.
American Airlines is expected to unveil a new brand image later this month. And this doesn’t happen very often, so people might get upset.