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Donald Trump’s New Jet Arrives in New York: Is it a Campaign Plane?

Posted June 2, 2011 by NYCA Admin

Several months after its purchase, Donald Trump’s new Boeing 757 landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport for the first time on Wednesday. A huge upgrade in size over his recently-sold 727, could it be a signal that the Apprentice boss is in fact planning a run for the White House?

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Initial Air France Flight 447 Black Box Info Raises More Questions Than Answers: Pilot

Posted May 31, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

Pilot/columnist Justin Schlechter examines what might have happened in the cockpit over the Atlantic on June 1st, 2009.

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Help Joplin Tornado Victims, Get Free NYCAviation Gear

Posted May 24, 2011 by NYCA Admin

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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Flying into the night presents a new set of dangers and mystery ahead of you. (Photo by Gordeon Gebert Jr.)
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Ghosts of Octobers Past

Posted May 23, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

Columnist/Pilot Justin Schlechter shares a story of flight crew really earning their paychecks, as the the autumn nights over Canada bring some challenges in their 747 at the end of a long Pacific hop.

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Homecoming

Posted May 4, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

The heartwarming story of a pilot’s career coming full circle, his boyhood dreams becoming a reality while on approach in the airspace over New York City in a Boeing 747-400.

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How the Media Blew That Michelle Obama ‘Close Call’ Story: A Pilot’s Take

Posted April 22, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

Blaring headlines of the First Lady’s supposed brush with death were hysterically overhyped, says this airline pilot.

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How to Pick the Best Lens For Aviation Photography

Posted April 18, 2011 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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St. Maarten’s Tropical Planespotting Paradise

Posted April 5, 2011 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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Air Force One on approach to JFK Airport (Photo by John Musolino)
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Obama and Biden to Celebrate Earth Day by Tying Up New York Air Traffic

Posted April 21, 2010 by NYCA Admin

Both the President and Vice President visit New York for separate events on Thursday, likely causing massive disruption in the air and on the ground.

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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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Departed Flights: 2009 in Review

Posted December 22, 2009 by Andy Bokanev

An overview of airlines that started 2009 in the air, but will be greeting 2010 as a memory in airline history.

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Oh snap! The broken off tail makes for a nifty escape hatch.
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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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My first shot was shot in monochromatic mode. Just one of the settings I forgot to change before starting to shoot.
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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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A Rare Look Inside JFK Airport’s Control Tower

Posted August 6, 2009 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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The "enhanced centerline" and other safeguards on taxiway Z short of runway 31L at JFK. How many safeguards do YOU see here? Leave a comment with your answer, I'll revisit the topic sometime soon.
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Hold Short(comings)

Posted July 29, 2009 by Brian Futterman

In light of recent developments meant to enhance situational awareness and aviation safety on the ground, Brian Futterman discusses the nature of runway incursions and challenges the merits of adding to existing technology instead of developing it anew.

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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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Airliners.net: Crash and Burn?

Posted February 12, 2008 by Phil Derner Jr.

Once the foremost online aviation authority, a change of ownership has left many Airliners.net members up in arms over design changes and new policies.

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Photograph by Gordon Gerbert, Jr.
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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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Journey of a Thousand Photos

Posted November 26, 2007 by Tom Alfano

Photographer Tom Alfano recently reached the 1,000 accepted photos milestone on JetPhotos.net. He reflects on the great experiences he’s had and the friends he’s made along the way.

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The Delayed Traveler

Posted October 20, 2007 by Tom Alfano

Who is to blame for air traffic delays? Just about everyone in the industry, from the airlines to the FAA.

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