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Why We Are Safe in the Storm

Posted February 13, 2014 by David J. Williams

Winter weather poses a challenge to the airlines and pilots operating aircraft. Yet the airline industry maintains an excellent safety record despite the potentially hazardous conditions.

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Do Pilots Think About Crashing?

Posted March 28, 2012 by Patrick Smith

It’s the pilot’s job to worry about crashing. It’s in their best interest, and yours too.

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End of The Plain Plane? Contemplating The Future of Airliner Design

Posted December 6, 2013 by David J. Williams

The basic design of the jet airliner has remained unchanged for the last 50 years. New technology and the quest for fuel efficiency may lead to new design innovations.

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Baby On Board: How to Add a Passenger In-Flight

Posted July 16, 2012 by Patrick Smith

Every so often you end a flight with one more “soul” than you started with.

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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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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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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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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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Smoke In The Cockpit: A True Story of Danger and Hilarity

Posted April 9, 2012 by Patrick Smith

A routine flight is plunged into weirdness after the crew smells smoke. How to deal with a possible emergency — not to mention a plane full of obsessed Japanese tourists.

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Video: Inside Trump’s 757: Okay, It’s Not a Campaign Plane

Posted June 8, 2011 by Matt Molnar

After capturing the first video of Donald Trump’s new Boeing 757 in action and speculating that it was the perfect size to move Donald and an entourage around the country for a presidential run, the New York Post one-upped us and actually got onboard the jet. But about that $100 million price tag…

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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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Cha-Cha-Changes: Flying The Refreshed Delta BusinessElite

Posted December 31, 2012 by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

What better way to review Delta’s upgraded business class products than 24-hours of flying to and from Japan?

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Help Joplin Tornado Victims, Get Free NYCAviation Gear

Posted May 24, 2011 by Matt Molnar

The people of Joplin, Missouri and other tornado-devastated areas desperately need our help. We’ve set up a program that rewards your generosity. It’s not much, but every little nudge can only help.

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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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Do Commercial Pilots Really “Suck” at Manual Flying?

Posted November 21, 2013 by Eric Auxier

Do pilots really “suck” at manual flying, as a soon-to-be-released FAA report suggests? Airbus Captain and author Eric “Cap’n Aux” Auxier explores this disturbing possibility.

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Does Cabin Air Make Us Sick?

Posted May 21, 2014 by Patrick Smith

In reality, the air inside the airplane cabin is a lot more clean than many people think.

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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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Revere Beach Reveries: A Summer Oasis On Approach to Logan Airport

Posted July 1, 2012 by Patrick Smith

Sometimes when I hear the whine of jet engines, I think of the beach.

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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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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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