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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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The Noisy, Sweaty Hell of Small Planes

Posted June 4, 2014 by Patrick Smith

I spent the better part of five years immersed in general aviation. Frankly, as I see it, those are 1,500 hours that I’m never getting back.

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COMMENTARY: Have Pillow, Will Travel (As Long As You’re a Girl)

Posted May 28, 2014 by Patrick Smith

Let’s talk for a minute about pillows. I’m vexed and perplexed by the widespread phenomenon of teenage girls carrying giant fluffy pillows onto airplanes.

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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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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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PREVIEW: Disney Planes Franchise to Launch High-Flying Sequel

Posted May 13, 2014 by Eric Auxier

On media preview day, NYCAviation goes behind the scenes to learn about the research, preparation and creation of Planes: Fire & Rescue.

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Around the World in 80 Jumpseats

Posted April 17, 2014 by Eric Auxier

While the ability to travel for free is a definite perk of being an airline pilot, the ability to ride in the jumpseat is more of a necessary evil. It is small and uncomfortable, but it can also be the difference between a pilot making it to work on time and being stuck in an airport thousands of miles away.

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You’re the Pilot: In Flight Medical Emergency

Posted March 28, 2014 by Eric Auxier

You’re flying what should be a routine domestic flight. Just as you reach cruising altitude, the lead flight attendant calls the flight deck: there is a sick passenger onboard. What do you do?

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WE GAAN: The Horror and Absurdity of History’s Worst Plane Crash

Posted March 27, 2014 by Patrick Smith

Like most other aviation calamities, the 583 people killed in 1977 when a KLM 747 struck a Pan Am 747 at Tenerife resulted not from a single error or failure, but from a chain of improbable errors and failures, together with a stroke or two of really bad luck.

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Cap’n Dillon’s Ecstatic Adventure!

Posted March 20, 2014 by Eric Auxier

NYCA columnist Eric “Cap’n Aux” Auxier takes flight with Dillon, a young man with cerebral palsy who pursues his dream of flight.

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