An Airline Pilot's Christmas.

The Christmas break is a little different in the households of air crews. Fundamentally, Christmas Day is the day that all family members are home and as close to the 25th of December as possible. If the planets align, there may be an opportunity to open presents before  ..

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Airliners and Volcanic Ash Revisited. By Owen Zupp.

(Image: Wiki) The eruptions of volcanoes continue to lead to the cancellation of a good many flights in the interest of safety. So, how does a volcanic eruption potentially affect an airliner? Volcanic ash poses a threat to aircraft on a number of levels.  ..

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Airline Passenger Delays. A Pilot's Perspective.

“We apologise for the delay, however..........” How many flights have started with that phrase coming from the flight deck even before the engines have begun to spin over? Furthermore, the length of the pause that occurs after the word “how ..

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How Do Pilots Train? By Owen Zupp.

By the time a pilot flies as an operating crew member on an airliner, an incredible amount of training and flight time has been invested to ensure that the required standard and a level of proficiency has been met. Yet for all of the experience attained prev ..

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What is wake turbulence? By Owen Zupp.

(Image: Steve Morris via The NY Times) What is wake turbulence? This question was posed to me through the website this week and by coincidence I encountered a little ‘wake turbulence’ this morning. Have you  ..

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The newest QANTAS Boeing 737 in a scheme from yesteryear.

The latest QANTAS Boeing 737-800 (VH-XZP) to roll off the Seattle production line is sporting a fantastic new livery. It's a flashback to the 1970s and suits the smooth lines of the Boeing 737 wonderfully. We can't wait to see this aeroplane grace the air routes.  ..

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Is flying as an airline passenger still safe?

Is flying as an airline passenger still safe? Another question that this aviation blog has received frequently is whether it is still safe to fly. The short answer is ‘yes’. The events of the last few months with the loss of the t ..

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MH17, Airliners and Airspace in War Zones.

IMAGE: CNN.com I have received a good many messages and questions regarding civil airliners and airspace in times of war and conflict. My only exposure to this situation was over Afghanistan nearly 10 years ago and it was a different scenario to t ..

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Things that go Bump in the Flight.

“What was that?” It’s a common phrase uttered from passengers’ lips....and with good reason. In the controlled, managed world of aviation, we don’t anticipate surprises, emergencies, or even unfamiliar noises. So what WAS that noise? Yo ..

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