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Virgin America: Still the Best In Class?

Posted December 11, 2014 by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Virgin America still maintains a clear edge; its product is competitive, and the vibe hasn’t been replicated elsewhere. But other airlines are taking aim.

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Pilotspotting: The Art of Recognizing a Pilot On Sight

Posted December 9, 2014 by Erika Armstrong

My friends are in awe when I’m usually correct and then I’ll verify by asking “So, what do you fly?” They’ll ask how I knew they were a pilot, but I don’t like to reveal my secrets.

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Your Head’s in the Clouds, Where’s Your Heart? Giving Thanks to the Aviation Community

Posted November 26, 2014 by Eric Auxier

Sure you are always thinking about aviation, but have you ever thought about how you can use your passion to give back to the aviation community?

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Canada’s Homegrown Astronaut: Chris Hadfield

Posted November 18, 2014 by Kris Hull

In an era where most astronauts are fairly anonymous, Colonel Chris Hadfield enjoys rock star-type popularity. Colonel Hadfield shares some of his amazing experiences in space with us.

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Approaches: Pilots Are Still Flying ‘Em!

Posted November 13, 2014 by Justin Schlechter

In a day when the flight deck is filled with automation, pilots love the opportunity to grab the controls and navigate their airplane to a challenging yet safe landing.

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The Science of Fog

Posted November 5, 2014 by Adam Daum

Meteorology Columnist Adam Daum gives us a clear understanding of fog: what the different types are, what causes it, and how it affects aviation.

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Gone Gliding – Part One

Posted November 4, 2014 by Howard Slutsken

Glider pilots try to copy the birds when we’re centering on a thermal – a nice tight turn, feeling the lift happening from a wing lift or a bounce.

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The End of the (Passenger, Widebody) Trijet: Saying Goodbye to the MD-11

Posted October 27, 2014 by Bernie Leighton

This article originally appeared on AirlineReporter.com. The MD-11 was probably a bad idea. McAir came up with the aircraft because it was a bigger, meaner, DC-10. So much DC-10 that there originally was not going to be an MD-11, but a DC-10 stretch. There were two attempts at this aircraft: a DC-10-10 stretched by 40 feet, […]

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Showboating Pilots: The Line Between Fun and Safety

Posted October 23, 2014 by Justin Schlechter

Some fortunate pilots get the opportunity to live out their inner Maverick in a transport jet. Sometimes, it’s done with prior practice and planning; sometimes, not so much.

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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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