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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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Computer rendering of the KLM and Pan Am 747s colliding at Tenerife.
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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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You’re The Captain: Explosive Decompression at 40,000 Feet

Posted March 13, 2014 by Eric Auxier

Imagine that you’re the captain of an airliner, cruising at 40,000 feet, when you experience an explosive decompression. What do you do next to get back on the ground?

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An Airbus A320 operated by  JetBlue Airways approaches runway 31R at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in a crosswind. 

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Crosswind Landings: Not As Scary As They May Seem

Posted February 24, 2014 by David J. Williams

Crosswind landings may look dramatic or even unsafe. In reality, they are being performed by highly skilled pilots in a constantly changing environment. NYCAviation columnist David Williams examines various crosswind techniques and a couple recent videos of commercial aircraft landing in a crosswind.

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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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Livin’ the Dream! Another Day in the Life of an Airline Pilot

Posted February 11, 2014 by Eric Auxier

Some say pilots are “livin’ the dream”. And some…might be right! Follow a day in the life of an airline pilot through the eyes, and camera, of Cap’n Aux.

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Image courtesy of Karlene Petitt (karlenepetitt.blogspot.com).
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Meet the Doogie Howser M.D. of the Airline Industry

Posted December 31, 2013 by Eric Auxier

Aditya Palnitkar is an incredibly accomplished young man. Not only is he a world traveller who speaks several languages, he is also an author and businessman.

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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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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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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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Unstable Approach: Asiana 214′s Last Five Miles

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

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

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Solar Impulse Comes To New York: A First Hand Account

Posted July 7, 2013 by Jason Rabinowitz

I have been tracking the Solar Impulse flight across the United States for quite a while now, and when word finally came down on the date and time of the landing at New York, I was excited. Not much keeps me up at 3am, but the chance to see a totally solar powered aircraft was […]

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Delta Air Lines Domestic First Class Reviewed

Posted March 14, 2013 by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

We promised you when we ran our article on the Delta Airlines’ premium international cabin upgrades earlier this year that another article on domestic cabin changes was to follow. Today we deliver on that promise as we take a look at Delta’s domestic first class, which NYCAviation flew back in December of 2012 from Detroit […]

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