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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. 

(Source: Ben Granucci, NYCAviation)
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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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The author's plane lifts off. (Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren)
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Always a Kid: First Time On A 747

Posted January 31, 2013 by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Flying, at least commercially, is sort of humdrum for me these days. I guess that when you fly at least four times a month for two years, the magic of rocketing through the sky five miles up in a chair wears off. It doesn’t help either that there isn’t much I haven’t done, when it […]

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The Fact and Fallacy of the Looming ‘Pilot Shortage’

Posted January 24, 2013 by Patrick Smith

As the pundits have it, our airlines are running out of pilots. But is this true?

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Some (renderings of) newly painted American jets rolling around an airport. (Screengrab from AA video)
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Thinking Positive About American Airlines’ New Look

Posted January 18, 2013 by Dan Frommer

My first thought after seeing the new American logo and type was: “Sigh.” But I’m trying to be optimistic.

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Up close with the shiny aluminum of an American Airlines 777. (Photo by Matt Molnar)
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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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US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, New York, USA on 15 January 2009. (Photo by Greg L via wikimedia, CC-BY)
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The Heroics of Captain Sully and the “Miracle on the Hudson”

Posted January 15, 2013 by Patrick Smith

As the public understands it, Sully saved 155 lives through nerves of steel and superhuman flying skills. The truth isn’t quite so romantic.

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Alaska Airlines Flies Abused Dog To California For Life Saving Surgery

Posted January 4, 2013 by NYCAviation Staff

A German shepherd mix named Thor is smiling today—a big deal since it’s the first time he’s been able to open his mouth in at least 6 months.

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A Delta Boeing 767-300ER. (Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/NYCAviation)
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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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Patrick Smith's traveling bag of gizmos and gadgets. (Photo by Patrick Smith)
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Lost Inside the Pilot’s Gadget Bag

Posted July 23, 2012 by Patrick Smith

All those gadgets, chargers, adapters and cords are supposed to make my life easier. I’m not so sure.

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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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