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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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What They Don’t Teach You in Ground School, Part I: Pushy Corporate Clients

Posted February 13, 2015 by Erika Armstrong

Desperate pilots don’t stay pilots long. In the short term, they may be in the air, but in the long run, the Client Factor will make a decision for them that they simply can’t live with.

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Why Take Your Cat? Qatar Airways Lets You Fly With Your Falcon

Posted January 28, 2015 by Paul Thompson

Traveling with your falcon is possible. Qatar Airways has allowed them onboard for several years, knowing the importance of these animals to their owners.

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Giving Pease A Chance: An Allegiant Air Flight Review

Posted January 20, 2015 by Michael Lothrop

Although Spirit and Frontier may be better known, Allegiant Air has enjoyed years of profitability as an ultra low cost carrier. Contributor Michael Lothrop takes a ride down to Florida to sample their product offering.

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Giving Them Wings: The Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, GA

Posted January 15, 2015 by David Lynn

450 students doing five jumps each in two different parachutes — in less than three days. It’s impressive, and it happens at Ft. Benning almost every week.

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The Cockpit Pucker Factor: Afraid of Fear

Posted January 7, 2015 by Erika Armstrong

Dealing with an incident afterward in your mind is just as important as dealing with the original emergency. It’s learning how to not be afraid of fear.

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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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Flying Through Clouds on the Ground: 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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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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