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Throwback Thursday: Ghosts of Octobers Past

Posted October 16, 2014 by Justin Schlechter

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

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Touring the Southwest Airlines Network Operations Control

Posted October 10, 2014 by Malcom Muir

In May of this year, Southwest Airlines unveiled a new crown jewel at their Dallas Love Field headquarters: their Network Operations Control (NOC). I

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Finding a Hidden Gem in Maine’s Back Country

Posted October 8, 2014 by Michael Lothrop

Old Acton Airfield is in the middle of some of the most scenic rural area Maine has to offer. Its owners have taken full advantage of this wonderful property.

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The Disaster That Wasn’t: Saving Eastern Air Lines Flight 902

Posted October 7, 2014 by David J. Williams and Phil Derner

Every accident is scrutinized and evaluated. Eastern Flight 902 is the one exceptional case of what can be learned from an airplane that did not crash but safely flew away.

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5 Commonly Misused Weather Terms Explained

Posted October 7, 2014 by Adam Daum

Sometimes you hear a complicated meteorological term tossed around, likely by someone trying to show off. We debunk and explain five often-misunderstood weather terms.

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Why Can’t Airlines Just Add Extra Room?

Posted October 2, 2014 by David Parker Brown

I recently saw a comment that referenced a seat being too small. “If planes were just one foot wider, seats could be as wide as first class. Would that kill Boeing or Airbus?”

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How You Can Still Fly Safely With Broken Plane Parts: Part 1

Posted September 29, 2014 by Ken Hoke

Don’t worry; we fly with stuff broken or missing all the time. Here’s how we do it while keeping you perfectly safe.

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A Story of Comforting a Fearful Flier

Posted September 24, 2014 by Brian, RenewedPilot.com

First Officer Brian tells a story of a sports celebrity seeking some pre-flight comfort due to his fear of taking to the skies. What’d Brian tell him?

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Flying with the One Percent

Posted August 27, 2014 by Patrick Smith

A Ride in Business Class on the Airbus A380. Plus: My Strange Childhood of Airlines Real and Imagined.

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Landing a Perfect Ten

Posted August 25, 2014 by Brian, RenewedPilot.com

“I’m the passenger in 9C,” said the stranger on the flight deck. “I want to know who will be flying because my friends and I are going to judge the landing in Chicago on a scale from one to ten.”

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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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Come Along As We Cross the Pacific – An Inside Look

Posted August 18, 2014 by Ken Hoke

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to ride on the flight deck during an ocean crossing? How does the flight crew prepare for the flight and what do they do along the way?

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Is Qantas Really the Safest Airline?

Posted August 13, 2014 by Patrick Smith

Qantas history is scarred by at least seven fatal incidents prior to 1951, and the carrier has been perfect ever since. Its record is an outstanding one.

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#TBT: Taming the Beast: How to Name and Organize Your Digital Photos

Posted August 7, 2014 by Manny Gonzalez

The disappearance of film and the arrival of the Digital Age means unlimited photo taking! Yay! But now how do I save, sort, archive and search through tens of thousands of shots? Boo. Photography Columnist Manny Gonzalez tells us how.

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The Ugliest Planes of All Time

Posted July 30, 2014 by Patrick Smith

I passionately submit that it does, absolutely, matter what the airplane looks like. Do we not care what our bridges and skyscrapers look like, functionality aside?

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

Posted July 24, 2014 by Justin Schlechter

Do you think the pilot is to blame when your flight hits turbulence or is delayed? Think again.

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The Pilot Factor: A Fresh Look in Crew Resource Management

Posted July 23, 2014 by Eric Auxier

Jean Denis Marcellin’s new book, The Pilot Factor, gives a readers a fresh perspective on Crew Resource Management concepts.

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The Media’s Airplane Problem

Posted July 23, 2014 by Patrick Smith

When it comes to airplanes and pilots, mainstream journalism, like Hollywood, usually gets it wrong. Movies we can forgive. The press, however, we hold to a much higher standard.

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The Adventures of Crew Layovers!

Posted July 17, 2014 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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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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