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Hüsker Dü Cofounder and the 80s’ Best Songwriter Dies at 56.

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Air Travel in Art, Music and Film

Movies, songs, album covers & poems. From Kieslowski to the Clash, air travel is everywhere!

And Wapi Mama, what happens when an Antonov comes roaring through your fruit stand?

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The Boarding Blues

Jet bridges are so monstrously over-engineered, yet it still takes 45 minutes to get seventy people onto a damn regional jet. Why?

Plus: HSBC, the Jetway Giant.

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Turbulence: Everything You Need to Know

When Things Go Bump in the Flight

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What You Call It

The Poetry of Airliner Names

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Air Travel and the Environment

From Heat Waves to Turbulence, How Climate Change Will Affect Flying.

Plus, The Pilot’s Uneasy Conscience.

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In-Cabin Electronics Ban is Officially Lifted

Saudi Arabia, Last of the Eight Affected Countries, is Removed From the List.

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Thoughts on the Movie “Sully”

The Pilot Breaks Down and Finally Sees the Film. The Envelope Please…

Plus: Heroes, Miracles, and Others Who Weren’t So Lucky.

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Q&A With the Pilot

Volume 3: Windshield Wipers, Busted Windows, and Other Oddities of Flight.

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The Separation of Church and Sky

An AirAsia Pilot Asked Passengers to Pray During an Emergency. What in God’s Name Was He Thinking?

And, This Wasn’t The First Time.

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Qatar Airways is the “World’s Best Airline.” Do They Deserve It?

Controversial Gulf Carrier Wins Skytrax Award for 2017. Here’s Why I’m Not So Impressed.

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Flying: A Look on the Bright Side

Is Air Travel Really As Awful As Everybody Claims? Here Are Some Reasons Why Not. An Op-Ed in the New York Times.

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Going the Distance. The Longest Flights in the World.

Qatar’s Doha-Auckland Route is the New Number One. But What is the Final Frontier of Long-Haul Flying?

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The Scourge of Inflight Garbage

The Passenger Hall of Shame, Volume II.

Plus, Can a Plastic Bag Can Save an Airline Millions?

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Ode to the 757. What Can Replace this Most Versatile of Jetliners?

An Open Letter to Boeing: The Heck With the 737. Give Us a Real Plane.

Update From Paris: Boeing Unveils Specs For the So-Called “NMA”

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The Drones Danger

Update: FAA Enacts Drone Registration Process. But Awareness, Rather Than Enforcement, is the Key to Safety.

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Deadly Stupidity: What NOT To Do in an Emergency

Ladies and Gentlemen, Leave Your Luggage Behind!

Plus: An Incident of Extremes. An Article in the London Times by Patrick Smith.

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The Newest Livery Redesigns: The Nightmare Continues

From Etihad and Iberia to Spirit and Southwest, Several Airlines Have Recently Unveiled New Looks. The Report Card is Very, Very Bleak.

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Now and Zen: The Greatest Album of All Time Turns 30

Or, 33, Actually.

Plus: Gorman Bechard’s Documentary About the One of the Best Songwriters of our Time.

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A “Life List” of Planes

Get Your Memories Out.

And, the Weird Similarities Between Airplane Geeks and Birders.

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Fact and Fallacy of the “Pilot Shortage”

An Updated Post: The Pilot Shortage Is Here, and It’s Real. But What Is It, Exactly?

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Homage to the Boarding Pass Wallet

The Weird and Wonderful World of Airline Collectibles.

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Pilot Report: Long Live Air Malta!

European Aviation’s Pleasant Surprise.

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It Looks Like the Future. Up Close and Personal With the 787.

Something Different in a World of Boring Planes.

An Updated Post With New Pictures.

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Pilots and Copilots. Who are These People?

An open letter to the Associated Press

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The Noisy, Sweaty Hell of Small Planes

Flying over Cape Cod in a Cramped Cockpit, I Wanted Nothing More Than to be Down on the Beach. Call me a Heretic.

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Yak Hunting in Liberia

As any aerogeek will tell you, there’s something fascinating about old abandoned planes. This decomposing Russian jet is no exception.

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Passenger Forcibly Removed From United Express Flight

Airline Culture and the Lack of Empowerment. Thoughts and Comments on a Viral Story and Video.

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The Day of the Cockroach

September 11th, Then and Now

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Welcome to “Hidden Airport”

Unexpected Pleasures at a Terminal Near You.

Update: RDU’s Beautiful Terminal 2

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Pilotless Planes? Not So Fast.

An Op-Ed in the New York Times: Busting the Myth of the Plane That “Flies Itself.”

Plus, an Autopilot Demonstration.

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Should Kids Be Banned From First and Business Class?

An Updated Post: Two Experiences Rekindle a Controversial Debate.

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