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Old Friends and New-hires ( #BIF guest post from my friend Mark Berry)

New-hires are among us. Not since before 9/11/2001 have I seen so many bright, shiny faces and new uniforms. As airline employees, we all love to fly, but the beaming smiles of new-hires are unmistakable. It has been a long

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TWA-800: 13,760 Feet-My Personal Hole in the Sky :TWA-800

As Aviators, when we hear or read about an accident we compartmentalize and coldly analyze it. We push it away emotionally and key on the technical, operational and procedural errors. It is a form of self preservation; because deep down,

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The USS Randolph in WWII and just after; a first hand account

A friend sent me his fathers memoir of his time on-board the USS Randolph. His father was John Testrake, Captain of TWA 847, that was hijacked in 1985. It is a great first hand account of the period just after

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The New American Airlines will not include AMR

The New American Airlines will have a new parent company; American Airlines Group Incorporated. AMR will go away immediately upon emergence from Chapter 11. The article I read misses the most striking point. AMR has been viewed by the employees

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American Airlines and US Airways; merger history

Airways Magazine’s website has a great article, American Airlines and US Airways Tie the Knot: A Marriage Made in Heaven or Hell? It is a great summary of the history of both airlines mergers. Since the beginning the airlines have

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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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