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The Flat Panel Trainer

Posted July 17, 2006 by NYCA Admin

Most people that know the difference between a 747 and the A320 are also aware of the technology that is being developed for the large A380 & the composite fuselage of the 787. The technology development has not stopped with building airplanes and is extending to the areas of Training, which brings me to my […]

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Air Force One on approach to JFK Airport (Photo by John Musolino)
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Obama and Biden to Celebrate Earth Day by Tying Up New York Air Traffic

Posted April 21, 2010 by NYCA Admin

Both the President and Vice President visit New York for separate events on Thursday, likely causing massive disruption in the air and on the ground.

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Remembering Flushing Airport

Posted July 23, 2006 by Alan Gross

Flushing Airport is my Mecca. Currently, the 75-acre property lies dormant with its runways underwater and this former aviation facility’s future remains uncertain.

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The "enhanced centerline" and other safeguards on taxiway Z short of runway 31L at JFK. How many safeguards do YOU see here? Leave a comment with your answer, I'll revisit the topic sometime soon.
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Hold Short(comings)

Posted July 29, 2009 by Brian Futterman

In light of recent developments meant to enhance situational awareness and aviation safety on the ground, Brian Futterman discusses the nature of runway incursions and challenges the merits of adding to existing technology instead of developing it anew.

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My first shot was shot in monochromatic mode. Just one of the settings I forgot to change before starting to shoot.
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Photo Phail

Posted September 3, 2009 by Phil Derner Jr.

Phil Derner shares a somewhat challenging planespotting experience. Aside from not being able to control the aircraft themselves, photographers must fend with weather, runways, road traffic and camera settings. Maybe he should have stayed in bed.

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A Rare Look Inside JFK Airport’s Control Tower

Posted August 6, 2009 by Luke Wasiak

High above Terminal Four at Kennedy Airport looms one of the world’s tallest control towers and a bustling nerve center that very few people ever get to see. Aspiring air traffic controller Luke Wasiak takes an unforgettable tour.

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When I’m Looking Up, He’s Looking Down

Posted December 24, 2006 by Tom Alfano

It goes without saying that anyone who loves aviation instinctively looks up to the sky when they hear a plane passing over. It doesn’t matter what kind of plane, any time I hear that whine of prop or the roar of a jet, I always look up.

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Airliners.net: Crash and Burn?

Posted February 12, 2008 by Phil Derner Jr.

Once the foremost online aviation authority, a change of ownership has left many Airliners.net members up in arms over design changes and new policies.

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2006: A Year in Review

Posted December 31, 2006 by Tom Alfano

Ah what a year it has been, its been year of ups, downs, roundabouts, flip flops, and OIL! We began the year with the final departure of Independence Air, the little airline that couldn’t, or should we say couldn’t make a profit.

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Photograph by Gordon Gerbert, Jr.
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Merger Mania!

Posted January 28, 2008 by Tom Alfano

Skyrocketing fuel costs will likely lead to several airline mergers this year. Unfortunately for fliers and shareholders, the history of airline mergers contains few positive notes.

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Departed Flights: 2009 in Review

Posted December 22, 2009 by Andy Bokanev

An overview of airlines that started 2009 in the air, but will be greeting 2010 as a memory in airline history.

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787: The Magic is Back

Posted July 8, 2007 by Tom Alfano

NYCA correspondent Tom Alfano is in Washington for the historic rollout of the first Boeing 787.

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Elinor Smith, Aviatrix of the Golden Age of Aviation, Gone West

Posted March 29, 2010 by Julie Vessigault

Elinor Smith, the “Flying Flapper of Freeport”, known for breaking many aviation records for either gender in the 1920s and 1930s, died on March 19th. Today, we celebrate her accomplishments and achievements by sharing with you her incredible story.

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Flying Blind

Posted November 19, 2006 by Mario J. Craig O.D.

We’ve just landed, picked up the car, and after a short drive, we turn toward a huge looming sign that says “DC Jets, Home of the 717.” Yes, we are here to do a bit of flight simulator training in the 717.

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Journey of a Thousand Photos

Posted November 26, 2007 by Tom Alfano

Photographer Tom Alfano recently reached the 1,000 accepted photos milestone on JetPhotos.net. He reflects on the great experiences he’s had and the friends he’s made along the way.

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Oh snap! The broken off tail makes for a nifty escape hatch.
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Move Over Sully…

Posted October 16, 2009 by Phil Derner Jr.

Over half a century before the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Pan Am Flight 6 ditched into Pacific and everyone made it home safely.

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Pigs Fly at New York Airports

Posted June 17, 2006 by Tom Alfano

So it has finally happened. What you ask? Well, pigs have flown. I say this because the JD Power Awards are out and both LGA and JFK have received top ratings.

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The Delayed Traveler

Posted October 20, 2007 by Tom Alfano

Who is to blame for air traffic delays? Just about everyone in the industry, from the airlines to the FAA.

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Two photographers meet a Delta 767 at Planeview Park. (Photo by Tom Alfano)
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Losing Our Love in the Upload Queue

Posted July 30, 2006 by Phil Derner Jr.

Like many people in our hobby, I had an interest in aviation growing up, but I didn’t know the hobby existed until I received that link from Clark Palika. It was a hyperlink in an instant message to Airliners.net. After clicking and tooling through the photo database, I saw some of the first uploads from […]

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An ATA Boeing 737. (Photo by Phil Derner Jr)
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A New York Departure

Posted October 10, 2007 by Phil Derner Jr.

As ATA announces plans to terminate their New York LaGuardia service, one spotter looks back at the fond memories of spotting his favorite airline.

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