"Living in the Age of Airplanes" is Awesome!

Go see this movie if you are into planes, or even if you aren't! I wrote about this when I was doing Flight Club last year — and I got to see it last weekend at a Sneak Preview. Check out this review I did for AirlineReporter.com » 3/26/15 3:16pm Thursday 3:16pm

The Qatar Airways A350 -- Wow

First off, I'm not entirely here to self-promote - but this piece was supposed to have been on Flight Club until they let me go. I ended up writing it for NYCAviation, who some of you fellow aviation geeks might already be familiar with: http://www.nycaviation.com/2015/01/photos... » 1/21/15 2:06pm 1/21/15 2:06pm

Fascinating!! Apparently there were a few missions where they swapped pilots? I believe the journal was kept along with the missions flown by the captain (not my grandfather) so maybe Lyndol filled in for the other pilot on these parallel missions? » 1/20/15 2:41am 1/20/15 2:41am

Despite 'Pings,' Air Asia 8501 Black Boxes Still Not Retrieved

Accident investigators at the site of the Air Asia 8501 crash site say they have discovered tell-tale "pings" believed to be coming from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorders of the downed Airbus A320. And while they have been tracing the pings for a couple of days now, the boxes have not been located. » 1/09/15 2:49pm 1/09/15 2:49pm

There Are About To Be Two Airworthy B-29s

For many years, only one flying example of the B-29 Superfortress has been worthy of soaring above the clouds. The B-29 is the same plane type that effectively ended World War II on the Pacific front by dropping atomic bombs on Japan. That single flyable plane, known as "Fifi" is about to be joined by her sibling,… » 1/07/15 1:00pm 1/07/15 1:00pm

Here's Why Flight Attendants Don't Like Being Called 'Stewardess'

Flight attendants have a job that holds a lot of prestige in the eyes of most travelers, and they get called a lot of different things while doing their jobs — waitress, m'am, hey you, miss, air hostess, and trolley dolly. But one moniker that has pretty much gone out the emergency exit door is "stewardess," and… » 1/07/15 9:10am 1/07/15 9:10am

Parachutes Save Thirteen Lives As Skydiving Plane Crashes Into Lake

People who are too wimpy to skydive will often invoke a defensive phrase that goes something like, "Why would I want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" But in New Zealand on Wednesday, one of those skydiving planes was not good at all, and forced all of its occupants to bail out in a moment of despair. » 1/06/15 11:15pm 1/06/15 11:15pm

The Thought Of A Single-Pilot Airliner Is Just A Bit Scary

There's an old pilot joke about cockpit automation that says the ideal flight crew is a pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog, and the dog is there to bite the pilot if he touches anything. Getting closer to that reality, NASA is studying flying airliners with only one pilot, and I don't like the idea.… » 1/06/15 12:35pm 1/06/15 12:35pm

The First Female Boeing 707 Pilot Was Known As 'Captain Pussy'

When Yvonne Cunha applied for flight school in 1969, she was told they were only accepting applications for stewardess training. But she didn't let that stop her, and went on to become the world's first female 707 jet pilot, fulfilling a childhood dream. » 1/05/15 10:20am 1/05/15 10:20am

Those cargo jets were mostly built originally as passenger jets. At the time they were designed, there weren't two engines powerful enough to meet the plane's needs, and four engines would be too many. I don't think three engines were chosen purely for a design aspect, but were chosen simply for the requirement of… » 12/30/14 5:14pm 12/30/14 5:14pm