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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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#TBT: How to Pick the Best Lens For Aviation Photography

Posted July 10, 2014 by Manny Gonzalez

No matter how good a camera body you buy, a successful day of photography at your local airport or a summer airshow greatly depends on which lens you use. Photography columnist Manny Gonzalez explains what you should look for in a lens and why.

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#TBT: St. Maarten’s Tropical Plane Spotting Paradise

Posted July 3, 2014 by Justin Schlechter

Airline pilot and columnist Justin Schlechter goes back to his aviation enthusiast roots to share the experience of his first trip to St. Maarten.

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The Yin & Yang of Airline Identity (Part One)

Posted July 2, 2014 by Patrick Smith

Since the dawn of civil aviation, airlines have been devising and revising what they believe to be meaningful identities. But it’s the logo around which everything else revolves.

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#TBT: A Rare Look Inside JFK Airport’s Control Tower

Posted June 26, 2014 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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Terminal Madness: What is Airport Security? (Part Two)

Posted June 25, 2014 by Patrick Smith

Why can’t TSA exhibit common sense now and then? If we’re to believe that TSA screeners are well-trained professionals, why can’t they handle an occasional judgment call?

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REVIEW: A Touch of Class, British Airways Style

Posted June 20, 2014 by Mark Lawrence

Throughout the service on the flight, the crew in Club World was incredibly friendly and professional. They made the experience for our family an immensely enjoyable one.

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#TBT: Aviation Safety: Moving Forward by Looking Back

Posted June 19, 2014 by David J. Williams

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.

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Terminal Madness: What is Airport Security? (Part One)

Posted June 18, 2014 by Patrick Smith

In America and much of the world, security enhancements put in place following the catastrophe of September 11th, 2001, have been drastic and of two kinds: those practical and effective, and those irrational and pointless.

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Why You Are Delayed: How Air Traffic Control Delay Programs Work

Posted June 17, 2014 by Phil Derner Jr.

Flight delays happen for many reasons. Airlines can impose delays on themselves, or when weather hits, delays are put into place by air traffic control.

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Fancy Footwork: Jessica Cox is a Pilot in Command!

Posted June 13, 2014 by Eric Auxier

Sometimes you need to look past your limitations, take charge of your life, and do what you dream of doing. Jessica Cox is proof that if you can dream it, you can do it.

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COMMENTARY: Economy Class Done Right

Posted June 11, 2014 by Patrick Smith

When it comes to economy class gripes, it’s legroom, or lack thereof, that most people whine about. There’s less and less of it, as airlines cram in extra rows, eager to squeeze out every last penny of revenue in the face of razor-thin profit margins.

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