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Divert (From the Pilot’s Point Of View)

The vast majority of airline flights reach their destination as planned. Occasionally bad weather or other factors cause flight crews to have to divert to an alternate airport, disrupting both the airline’s and passenger’s plans. Brad Tate explains the process behind diverting to another airport.

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Blue Collar on a White Shirt

When an oil pressure gauge starts to move in flight, pilots use both colors of their collar and open up several learned skills at once.

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After 37 Years, Remembering the Horrors and Sacrifices of PSA Flight 182

It has been 37 years since San Diego residents and the viewing public endured the crash of PSA Flight 182, and the tragic events from that 1978 day are not forgotten.

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New York’s Greatest Plane Spotting Week of the Year Returns for 2015

It’s almost time again for New York City’s greatest plane spotting week of the year. UN Week is a little later than usual this year, but promises to be just as exciting.

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Why Student Pilots Quit

There are 120,000 student pilots right now debating what to do next.

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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.

Hold Short(comings)

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 inst...
by Brian Futterman

My first shot was shot in monochromatic mode. Just one of the settings I forgot to change before starting to shoot.

Photo Phail

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 ...
by Phil Derner Jr.


The Antonov An-225 Mriya CCCP-82060 is seen here with Buran strapped to its back during a demonstration at the 1989 Paris Air Show. (Photo by Ralf Manteufel)

March 22nd in Aviation History: Antonov An-225 Mriya Sets Takeoff Weight Record Carrying Russian Space Shuttle

The An-225 sets new world records while carrying Space Shuttle Buran, a USAir jet crashes at LaGuardia Airport in New York, a British Airways 747 is hijacked, and more...
by Phil Derner Jr.

A Eurofighter Typhoon in flight.

Today in Aviation History: March 27th

The Tenerife disaster takes place, the Eurofighter Typhoon makes its first flight, Concorde flights to Miami begin, and more...
by NYCAviation Staff


Douglas DC-8 Becomes First Supersonic Airliner: August 21 in Aviation History

A DC-8 dives into the record books, the first use of electric beacons for nighttime flights, a Royal Air Maroc ATR-42 crashes, and more...
by NYCAviation Staff


Artist's rendering of an American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

American 787 Renderings Revealed

We're still a few years away from seeing American Airlines 787s in the flesh, but NYCAviation has obtained several new renderings of what they may look like once they are finally delivered.
by Phil Derner Jr.


August 6th in Aviation History: B-29 Superfortress Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

The US drops first atomic bomb on Japan, Ted Williams returns to the Red Sox from Korea, Braniff Flight 250 crashes in Nebraska, and more.
by NYCAviation Staff


On This Day in Aviation History: September 11th

Four airliners are hijacked and intentionally crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania in 2001, killing 2,993; A Continental EMB120 crashes at IAH in 1991; Eastern flight 212 crashes in CLT...
by Phil Derner Jr.