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Survive an Aircraft Evacuation

Posted August 4, 2016 by Ken Hoke

Increase your chances of surviving an emergency evacuation by creating a game plan before departure.

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Buying for Flying: An Investment in the Sky

Posted June 9, 2016 by Erika Armstrong

“…My return on this investment is priceless.”






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NATs: Flying the North Atlantic Organized Track System

Posted February 23, 2016 by Ken Hoke

Each day, over 2000 aircraft fly across the Atlantic. Find out how pilots navigate and communicate on the North Atlantic Tracks!






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Why An FAA Rule Change Won’t Stop Student Pilots

Posted January 22, 2016 by Erika Armstrong

Aviation medical examiners will no longer issue student pilot certificates under a new rule adopted by the FAA. Unlike the old rules, starting on April 1 (yes, April Fool’s Day), these new certificates will never expire and students will receive hard plastic certificates, separate from their medical certificate. Currently, a student pilot obtains a combination […]

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ANALYSIS: Could Spirit be looking to merge with Frontier?

Posted January 11, 2016 by Zina Aziz

Following last week’s abrupt departure of Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza, ZIna Aziz explores whether the airline’s future could include a merger with Frontier Airlines.






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Captain: A Double-Edged Sword

Posted November 16, 2015 by Erika Armstrong

By the simple act of firing one of their own for keeping passengers alive, they have brought the wrath of an entire industry into an incident which wouldn’t normally get a second look.






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Automated Passport Control kiosks from SITA at JetBlue's JFK Customs Facility. Photo courtesy Ben Granucci, NYCAviation.
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The Impact of Travel Technologies on Efficient Airport Operations

Posted November 3, 2015 by Zina Aziz

Recent advances in biometric and robotic technology have opened new doors for airports to improve the passenger experience.






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ETOPS – Enhancing Safety On Long Flights

Posted October 7, 2015 by Ken Hoke

As a passenger, you might see the word “ETOPS” stenciled on airplanes. What does ETOPS mean and why is it important?






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Why Student Pilots Quit

Posted September 16, 2015 by Erika Armstrong

There are 120,000 student pilots right now debating what to do next.






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AeroSavvy Curates 15 Inspiring Aviation Quotes

Posted August 31, 2015 by Ken Hoke

Throughout the history of flight, humans have made thought provoking, inspiring, and even funny aviation quotes. Here’s a curated list of my favorites!






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Emirates To Begin Serving Central America With World’s Longest Flight

Posted August 14, 2015 by Douglas Wint

Emirates will take the record of the world’s longest flight when it begins daily service to Panama’s capital in February 2016.






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Hundreds of post-convention bags wait to be sent to their flights. Photo by Paul Thompson.
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Walmart’s Mass Exodus from Denver Forces Airlines to Work Together

Posted August 14, 2015 by Paul Thompson

Employees from Alaska Airlines, Delta and Southwest, along with an airport service contractor all worked together in the intense Colorado sun to sort bags and get them to the right airlines and the right flights as they came off the trucks. I even overheard someone say, “One airport, one team.”






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7 Steps to Become a Pilot

Posted August 12, 2015 by Erika Armstrong

“As strange as it seems, stepping into the thought process that you actually want to be a pilot, rather than having an abstract desire, is your first step.”






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Let’s Scare the Passengers

Posted May 5, 2015 by Erika Armstrong

If it wasn’t for company policy requiring me to go and find some smooth air, I’d just tighten my seat belt, put my arms up in the air and yell, “yeehaw!”






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Getting Chicks Into the Cockpit

Posted April 21, 2015 by Erika Armstrong

Our culture has not caught up with its own ideology yet (i.e. letting women “have it all”), but I will firmly state that it’s headed in the right direction.






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Getting You There Safely: Working With the Weather

Posted April 21, 2015 by Justin Schlechter

From dispatchers to meteorologists to air traffic controllers, pilots up front could not do it without their daily expertise, knowledge and professionalism.






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Plumbers in the Sky: The Demise of the Flight Engineer

Posted April 20, 2015 by Michael Lothrop

Some airlines still require flight engineers, but not as many as before. While they may be gone as a profession, they are certainly not forgotten.






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Lurking Behind the Germanwings Cockpit Door

Posted March 26, 2015 by Erika Armstrong

In light of the tragic news earlier today, Columnist Erika Armstrong explores the culture of those who fly professionally and the ultimate betrayal among their ranks.






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What Happens Behind the Cockpit Door?

Posted March 18, 2015 by Erika Armstrong

Passengers often wonder what goes on behind the closed door of the cockpit. Ericka Armstrong provides a glimpse into what pilots are doing during each phase of flight.






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What They Don’t Teach You in Ground School, Part II: Mistresses, Wives and the Mile High Club

Posted February 19, 2015 by Erika Armstrong

(Editor’s note: part one of this series can be read here.) The flustered aircraft salesman walks past the front desk of the FBO pulling at his tie, a permanent blush to his cheeks; for some reason, he can’t look me in the eye. Next in through the sliding doors is the flight crew looking similarly […]

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