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A Wicked Winter’s Eve in the Skies: Pilots DO Feel Bad When Weather Delays Your Flight

Posted January 13, 2012 by Justin Schlechter

Out of sight and out of mind is such an easy mindset to fall into, but down a winding jetway, a flight crew sits in the front of a widebody airliner and truly feels badly for the delays that mother nature is throwing at their customers this cold wintry night.

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The Skinny on Mirrorless Cameras

Posted January 10, 2012 by Manny Gonzalez

The new mirrorless camera fad may not be new at all. What are the pros and cons? What does the future hold? Photography Columnist Manny Gonzalez offers insight.

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Photos: On the Flight Deck of Space Shuttle Atlantis

Posted January 9, 2012 by Suresh Atapattu

Take a tour inside the cockpit of Space Shuttle Atlantis as the avionics are powered on one final time before being decommissioned and put on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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Santa Claus Stops in Seattle Aboard Vintage Plane

Posted December 19, 2011 by John Harrell

Allowing his reindeer to rest up a week before the big day, Santa arrived at Seattle’s Museum of Flight on Saturday aboard a restored de Havilland Beaver dubbed “Santa One,” greeting eager children and their parents with Mrs. Claus on a visit from the North Pole.

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Airline News

Delta to Build New Hub at LaGuardia Airport, Adding 29 Destinations and Over 100 New Flights

Posted December 16, 2011 by NYCA Admin

Just three days after closing the US Airways slot swap deal, Delta Air Lines announced its plans for all those new slots, adding 60% more flights and 75% more destinations at LaGuardia.

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Flying High On Cloud Nine: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class Review

Posted December 14, 2011 by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Following our review of Ethiopian Airlines economy class, this is the second of a three part series on on the airline, with this segment focusing on their business class service called Cloud Nine.

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Southwest Airlines to be launch customer for new Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
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Southwest Airlines to Become Boeing 737 MAX Launch Customer with Order for 150 New Airplanes

Posted December 13, 2011 by NYCA Admin

Southwest Airlines will be the launch customer for Boeing’s new 737 MAX airplane, announcing on Tuesday the first firm order for the new aircraft and the largest firm order in Boeing history, worth $19 billion.

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Trip Report: Ethiopian Airlines Economy Class

Posted November 30, 2011 by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Four flights, 44 hours of flying, and one day trip to Ethiopian Airlines headquarters in Addis Ababa later, we’ve gathered quite a story about one of Africa’s fastest-growing carriers.

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JetBlue and WestJet Reported Winners of LaGuardia and Reagan National Flight Slot Auctions

Posted November 23, 2011 by Edward Russell

Though unofficial until December 1st, JetBlue and WestJet appear to be the winners of an auction giving them rights to add flights at LaGuardia and Reagan National Airports. Edward Russell reports.

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The Premium Economy Question: Is it Worth It?

Posted November 22, 2011 by Edward Russell

Several US airlines now offer customers a Premium Economy option with more legroom and amenities. Do passengers think it’s a good value? And is it effective for the airlines’ bottom line? Columnist Edward Russell investigates.

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The Adventures of Crew Layovers!

Posted November 14, 2011 by Justin Schlechter

Few stop to think about what their flight crew is doing after they disembark at the end of their journey. Millions tune-in to watch the exciting lives of pilots and flight attendants in their free time on TV. But what really goes on?

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The Why, How and Where of Flight Diversions

Posted November 3, 2011 by Phil Derner Jr.

While diversions do happen frequently, the decision to land a plane perhaps hundreds or thousands of miles from its destination is not taken lightly. A look at why planes divert and how pilots, dispatchers and managers choose where to land your plane safely.

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Photos: Boeing 787 Dreamliner Completes First Revenue Flight for ANA

Posted October 26, 2011 by NYCA Admin

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner completed its first money-making trip today, flying from Tokyo to Hong Kong on a special charter flight operated by launch customer All Nippon Airways.

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines Receives First New Boeing 777-300ER

Posted October 24, 2011 by NYCA Admin

Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Friday took delivery of the first of four new Boeing 777-300ER widebody jets. It also marked Boeing’s 300th 777-300ER delivery.

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In the Cockpit with Legendary Hollywood Stunt Pilot Corkey Fornof

Posted October 21, 2011 by Josh Rasmussen

J.W. “Corkey” Fornof is perhaps Hollywood’s foremost aviator, his work having appeared in 46 feature films—including James Bond classics such as Octopussy—as well as over 1,000 commercials and TV shows. Corkey shares his story, from learning to fly in Louisiana to landing a jet on an Interstate

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Photos: TWA Flight Center Open House Attracts Hundreds

Posted October 20, 2011 by NYCA Admin

Hundreds of aviation enthusiasts, architecture fans, former TWA employees and a few NYCAviation’ers (including myself) spent a few hours exploring the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport this past Sunday.

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How US Airways Gave Up on LaGuardia

Posted October 14, 2011 by Edward Russell

The US Airways terminal at LaGuardia can be eerily quiet these days. Once home to the largest airline operation at the airport, the once bustling corridors are now dominated by US Airways Express flights to regional destinations operated, but those corridors won’t be quiet for long.

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Boeing Quietly Delivers Their Largest Plane Ever as Cargolux Takes First 747-8F

Posted October 13, 2011 by NYCA Admin

Weeks after Cargolux left Boeing officials red-faced with a last-minute decision nixing delivery of the first 747-8 Freighter, the Luxembourg-based freight hauler flew the plane home on Wednesday with no fanfare whatsoever.

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Losing an Engine on Takeoff: Abort or Floor It?

Posted October 11, 2011 by David J. Williams

Engine failure on takeoff. Yikes! David Williams teaches us how pilots deal with the frightening prospect and the training that goes into making sure everyone comes out alive.

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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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