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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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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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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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A Southwest Airlines jet on approach to Logan Airport passes over Revere Beach. (Photo by Sara Jeanne Edwards via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA)
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Revere Beach Reveries: A Summer Oasis On Approach to Logan Airport

Posted July 1, 2012 by Patrick Smith

Sometimes when I hear the whine of jet engines, I think of the beach.

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Smoke In The Cockpit: A True Story of Danger and Hilarity

Posted April 9, 2012 by Patrick Smith

A routine flight is plunged into weirdness after the crew smells smoke. How to deal with a possible emergency — not to mention a plane full of obsessed Japanese tourists.

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Do Pilots Think About Crashing?

Posted March 28, 2012 by Patrick Smith

It’s the pilot’s job to worry about crashing. It’s in their best interest, and yours too.

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United’s Sky Interior Surprise

Posted March 9, 2012 by Edward Russell

United’s new 737s are fitted with the beautiful Boeing Sky Interior, but are missing a key feature of their older planes: personal TVs. Here’s why.

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LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal Dilemma

Posted February 8, 2012 by Edward Russell

A new effort is in motion to replace LaGuardia’s long-outdated Central Terminal. But how long will it take? And can a new building improve the widely-hated airport’s reputation?

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The New Geography of Hubs

Posted October 5, 2011 by Edward Russell

US airlines have cut costs, slashed workforces and, largely, evolved to fee-based revenue models. But one of the biggest, and sometimes overlooked, changes was the consolidation and retrenchment of hub airports since 2000. While not unsurprising, the shift has created a whole new geography of hubs.

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Approaches: Pilots Are Still Flying ‘Em!

Posted October 4, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

In a day when the flight deck is filled with automation, pilots love the opportunity to grab the controls and navigate their airplane to a challenging yet safe landing.

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Rotorfest 2011: Rotorheads’ Delight

Posted September 29, 2011 by Manny Gonzalez

There simply aren’t enough helicopter airshows around the country, but the annual Rotorfest rarely disappoints, as Manny Gonzalez shows us his gallery of mechanized joy.

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