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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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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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Unstable Approach: Asiana 214′s Last Five Miles

Posted July 10, 2013 by John Steffen and Phil Derner Jr.

What is a stable approach and how “unstable” did Asiana Flight 214 become before impacting the ground?

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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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Brace Yourselves For American Airlines’ Imminent Rebranding

Posted January 16, 2013 by Dan Frommer

American Airlines is expected to unveil a new brand image later this month. And this doesn’t happen very often, so people might get upset.

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Elinor Smith, Aviatrix of the Golden Age of Aviation, Gone West

Posted March 29, 2010 by Julie Vessigault

Elinor Smith, the “Flying Flapper of Freeport”, known for breaking many aviation records for either gender in the 1920s and 1930s, died on March 19th. Today, we celebrate her accomplishments and achievements by sharing with you her incredible story.

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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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Losing Our Love in the Upload Queue

Posted July 30, 2006 by Phil Derner Jr.

Like many people in our hobby, I had an interest in aviation growing up, but I didn’t know the hobby existed until I received that link from Clark Palika. It was a hyperlink in an instant message to Airliners.net. After clicking and tooling through the photo database, I saw some of the first uploads from […]

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Move Over Sully…

Posted October 16, 2009 by Phil Derner Jr.

Over half a century before the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Pan Am Flight 6 ditched into Pacific and everyone made it home safely.

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American Airlines 767 Falls On Nose During Maintenance

Posted July 25, 2009 by NYCA Admin

American Airlines’ youngest 767-300ER has been seriously damaged in a maintenance accident at the carrier’s Fort Worth, Tex. repair facility.

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FLYING A FALLEN HERO

Posted May 23, 2014 by Eric Auxier

Eric Auxier shares the memorable experience of being a captain on a fallen soldier’s final flight home.

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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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In one of the most extreme examples of an explosive decompression, this Aloha Airlines 737 lost a large section of the fuselage. Image courtesy the NTSB.
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Under Pressure: The Ups and Downs of Flying High

Posted December 10, 2013 by David J. Williams

Flying high above the earth where the air is thin, the human body requires enough oxygen to keep it functioning. But how exactly are the necessary oxygen levels provided, and what happens when aircraft pressurization systems fail?

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787: The Magic is Back

Posted July 8, 2007 by Tom Alfano

NYCA correspondent Tom Alfano is in Washington for the historic rollout of the first Boeing 787.

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Photos: 10 Years Later, Iconic TWA Flight Center Lives On

Posted July 20, 2011 by Tom Alfano

The past decade has been kinder to the TWA Flight Center than one might expect. Join us on a rare photographic tour inside the landmark Eero Saarinen structure at New York’s JFK Airport.

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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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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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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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Flying Blind

Posted November 19, 2006 by Mario J. Craig O.D.

We’ve just landed, picked up the car, and after a short drive, we turn toward a huge looming sign that says “DC Jets, Home of the 717.” Yes, we are here to do a bit of flight simulator training in the 717.

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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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