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    Edge of Your Seat: We Need To Divert!

    Being a good pilot means always having a backup plan. I don’t care if you are a VFR-only pilot on an afternoon outing or pushing back in a twin aisle airliner for an overseas leg. The very nature of aviation means that things will never go exactly as you planned, and sometimes not even close […] More

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    Then There Was the Time I Saw a C-5 Do the Splits

    The C-5 Galaxy is a magnificent airplane. I flew this amazing machine for over a decade and many thousands of hours between the years of 1991 and 2003 while a member of the 312th Airlift Squadron at Travis AFB near San Francisco. And while the airplane has some amazing capabilities, she would occasionally break in […] More

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    I’m a Pilot. I Feel OK But I Still Called In Sick

    A pilot who is just a little ‘under the weather’ isn’t someone you want at the controls. To be fair, I really do have a bit of a cold. It started the day before my trip with some sneezing and a headache. It’s really nothing most workers would consider staying home for. A daytime Theraflu has […] More

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    How Does A Modern Airliner Run Out Of Fuel?

    Poor judgement and fuel planning are leading theories for crash that killed soccer team experiencing a dream season. While the investigation into the crash of the LaMia RJ-85 airliner in Columbia is still ongoing, it is becoming apparent that the aircraft ran out of fuel. Investigators at the crash site noted that there was no […] More

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    What’s Up with the Rollercoaster Takeoffs from Orange County?

    Orange County’s unique departure profile If you’ve ever had the pleasure (or perhaps the terror) of taking off in a commercial plane from Orange County’s John Wayne airport, you’ll know that it is a takeoff unlike any other. Just seconds after liftoff, you will feel your stomach drop as the airplane does a very abrupt […] More

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    Could Automation Kill Us?

    Automation is best deployed as an enhanced decision making tool, not something which a bored human being should be tasked to sit and watch. “When we design our systems, we need to assign appropriate roles to the human and technological components. It is best for humans to be the doers and technology to be the […] More

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    So How Do Jet Engines Work and Why Would One Blow Up?

    Engines usually work well but when they stop working, they can make a big mess. This past week a Southwest Airlines 737 suffered a very dramatic engine failure while on a flight from New Orleans to Orlando. It appeared as if the entire front of the engine came off judging from pictures taken from inside […] More

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    Pilot Report: Flying the Short, Stubby, Beautiful 737-200

    Avgeekery guest blogger Robert Graves writes another excellent post on his experiences flying the small but mighty Boeing 737-200. You can read more on his blog “This is Your Captain Speaking.” The Boeing Model 737 is considered one of the most successful airliners ever built. Boeing has built nearly 9000 of these aircraft since its […] More

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    Career Advice For Pilots: So You Want To Fly An Airliner?

    So you want to be a pilot? I often get asked for career advice by aspiring and younger pilots and thought it might be helpful to condense some thoughts in a post on aviation career strategy. The Women in Aviation Conference was recently held in Nashville and I gave jumpseat rides to a number of […] More

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