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American Airlines on approach

In past posts I’ve tried to de-bunk the “push button” perception many have of airline flying. Here is a good example in living color. Many of the older airports in the USA system have non-standard approaches that keep the crew

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American Airlines and USAir merger is official.

A few days ago I wondered in a post if the brand new 777-300 taking off in the night, new livery lit up on its tail, was symbolizing an end or beginning. I hope it is both; certainly the sun

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Discovery Curiosity Series; Plane Crash (Video Short)

Some of my readers have asked about the Test Project I worked on for years. For those that didn’t see Discovery’s Plane Crash documentary this is a great video summary of the project. Enjoy! chip

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Killa-Thrill, Mega Whoosh, Software Malfunction and now…..the Country of Iran?

As my long time readers know, I have de-bunked aviation based internet scams for years. Killa-Thrill, Mega Whoosh, Software Malfunction; I even de-bunked myself via Stealth! The first was Killa Thrill’s “Best Air Show Pilot Ever!!!”; remember this? But this

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Life Imitating Art (Captain John Testrake TWA Flight 847)

I wrote a post on Art Imitating Life last week. I wrote it after realizing that Big Flo’s conversion (the Boeing 727 from Discovery’s Plane Crash Documentary) to a restaurant was quite literally a page out of my first book,

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Are Boeing’s problems systemic of America’s?

The B-787 is a great design; maybe they need to put the designers back in charge instead of bean counters. Above is the last sentence of an article I wrote a few days ago about Boeing’s problems. After reading a

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The real problem with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

Is outsourcing the culprit? Little has been written about what is clearly the 787’s biggest program problem. Boeing embraced outsourcing to save time and money; neither happened. In fact it is safe to say the jeopardy that Boeing finds itself

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Boeing 787

I snapped this picture in LAX just days before the Boeing 787 was grounded. While it has had more than one problem the critical one that grounded the fleet is its lithium batteries over heating. The biggest problem for Boeing

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Contributing Editor: Airways Magazine

As a Contributing Editor at Airways Magazine one of the things I’ve contributed to is a new Facebook page. For those interested in the Airlines or Airliners, both new and old, check it out. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Airways-Magazine/146901202095633?ref=hl Chip

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F-35A/B/C Lightning II

More of the F-35 Lightning II at work. Here is some video of all three variants of the F-35: Air Force, Navy and USMC. The land based cat tests look good; it comes off the deck well. I’d love to

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