Plumbers in the Sky: The Demise of the Flight Engineer

Some airlines still require flight engineers, but not as many as before. While they may be gone as a profession, they are certainly not forgotten.
by Michael Lothrop
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Lurking Behind the Germanwings Cockpit Door

In light of the tragic news earlier today, Columnist Erika Armstrong explores the culture of those who fly professionally and the ultimate betrayal among their ranks.
by Erika Armstrong
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What Happens Behind the Cockpit Door?

Passengers often wonder what goes on behind the closed door of the cockpit. Ericka Armstrong provides a glimpse into what pilots are doing during each phase of flight.
by Erika Armstrong
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What They Don’t Teach You in Ground School, Part II: Mistresses, Wives and the Mile High Club

(Editor’s note: part one of this series can be read here.) The flustered aircraft salesman walks past the front desk of the FBO pulling at his tie, a permanent blush to his cheeks; for some reason, he can’t look me in t...
by Erika Armstrong
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What They Don’t Teach You in Ground School, Part I: Pushy Corporate Clients

Desperate pilots don’t stay pilots long. In the short term, they may be in the air, but in the long run, the Client Factor will make a decision for them that they simply can’t live with.
by Erika Armstrong
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