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What I Love Most About Air Travel: Alpaca and Waterfalls.

Plus, the 737 Crash in Havana.

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The (New) Book is Here

Introducing the Second Edition of Cockpit Confidential.

Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. Questions, Answers & Reflections.

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Q&A With the Pilot

Volume Four: Steering, Runway Noises, Cameras, and Everything You Were Afraid to Know About Engine Failures.

Plus, How to Navigate Up a Badger’s Arse.

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Broken Glass

Three Unusual Incidents Leave People Wondering (and Worrying).

Everything You Need To Know About Windows.

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A Trip to Bhutan

To the High Himalayas Aboard the Little-Known Drukair.

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Passenger Killed Aboard Southwest Flight

Explosive Engine Failure Strikes 737 En Route to Dallas.

UPDATE: No Heroics, Please. Plus Follow-Up FAQs with the Author.

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Rummaging Through the Seat Pocket of the Mind

Miscellaneous Musings on Air Travel, Volume 2: Deadly Overhead Bins, Sudoku Mania, Dumb Airport Names, and Why I Hate Elvis Costello.

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Big Planes On Short Routes? What a Concept.

Getting to the Root of the Delays Crisis.

As the System Hits a Breaking Point, Will Airlines Go Back to the Future?

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What You Call It

The Poetry of Airliner Names

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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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Images From Liberia

Scenes at and Around Roberts Field.

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Pets on a Plane

Airlines Behaving Badly, and the Real Story on Shipping Your Critter in the Baggage Hold.

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Dear Airlines: Please Don’t Take Away Our Video Screens!

In-seat video is the greatest cabin amenity of the past fifty years. So why are carriers getting rid of it?

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Moving in Place

Layover Rambles with Patrick Smith.

Volume One: Paris in Four Bridges.

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The 747 in Winter

In America, the Curtain Closes on History’s Most Influential Jetliner.

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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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Remembering Cairo

With Egypt In Turmoil, a Photographic Toast to One of the World’s Most Fascinating Cities.

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2017: The Safest Year in Aviation History

Where we are, and how we got here. Memories of the shirt box.

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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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Homage to the Boarding Pass Wallet

The Weird and Wonderful World of Airline Collectibles.

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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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Fact and Fallacy of the Pilot Shortage

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

UPDATE: Regionals Behaving Badly.

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