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    OPINION: CFIs Deserve More

    Nothing gets me more annoyed than hearing people whine about the “CFI Shortage”. “I can’t find a flight instructor” seems to be the mantra of this generation of pilots. Now you may take offense to that if you are one of those students who “can’t find a CFI” to train you, but let me explain […] More

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    Meet The Airline Pilot That Creates Incredible Boneyard Art

    Avgeekery recently had the opportunity to chat with Lance from WyldeByrd Art. He is a pilot and artist who takes aircraft skins and turns them into beautiful pieces of art.  We’re excited to share his story.  And even more excited to announce that we are jointly hosting an Instagram contest to give away a Delta […] More

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    American Airlines Most Memorable Commercials Came After Tragedy

    Call us a sucker for sappy commercials, but even 16+ years later, these American commercials still hit you right in the feels. Less than five months after American acquired TWA, the 9-11 attacks shook the foundation of the airline industry.  American originally had high hopes for TWA. They planned to use St. Louis Lambert as […] More

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    That Time A Giant Storm Sucked Us Up Like A Vacuum Cleaner

    In the late summer of 1980, as a Shorts-330 copilot, I encountered the grim reaper again. I thought he might lay off me since I wasn’t in a combat aircraft, or in a combat zone, but here he was, empty eye sockets and all, watching over my shoulder. The final mission leg one night took […] More

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    Apollo 8 Reminded Us About Our Shared Humanity On Christmas Eve 49 Years Ago

    1968 was a year of upheaval.  War, civil rights struggle, scandal, and tragedy.  Yet for one day, all of humanity seemed to come together to watch the first time that man had ever orbited around another heavenly body. Three astronauts, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, all floated in an Apollo command module (without the […] More

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    This Man’s Innovative Spirit Gave America Hope 75 Years Ago

    The situation in America was looking very bleak 75 years ago.  Germany’s war machine was running at full power in Europe.  To the West, Japan’s war machine was looking extremely daunting as well.  The devastating blow by the Japanese to the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor meant that any American attack on Japan territory would […] More

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    Landing The Shuttle “Glider”Was Helped By Heads Up Display

    The HUD – Heads Up Display – provided crucial data to pilots when the Space Shuttle glided home for landings. The Space Shuttle was a combination space craft and glider. It was launched into space thanks to two solid rocket boosters plus an external fuel tank that helped fuel the Shuttle’s three main engines. Once […] More

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    Vodka or Crosswinds…You Decide.

    Uh…Crosswind controls? Never mind. Another notable IL-76 landing.   IL-76s fly to some tough places around the world.  They are commonly flown to international hotspots from Afghanistan to Africa.  There are also a number of photos showing the difficulty of landing the jet in crosswinds. In this video below, you’ll see the IL-76 land then […] More

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