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The Germanwings Disaster

UPDATE: Yet More Rubbish About Pilotless Planes. Will the Deception Ever Cease?

Plus, an Autopilot Demonstration.

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What NOT to do in an Aircraft Evacuation

Ladies and Gentlemen, Leave Your Bags Behind!

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Attention Media: Copilots are Pilots

Attention media: there are always at least TWO full-fledged pilots in a cockpit. The co-pilot is not an apprentice.

UPDATE: CNN gets it wrong in the TransAsia accident.

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To Recline or Not To Recline?

The “Knee Defender” is Back, and so is the Controversy over Economy Class Recline. But the Ground Rules Are Pretty Simple.

Plus, the Myth of Vanishing Legroom.

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Safety Video Hell

Virgin America’s new safety demo leaves passengers gasping for air.

Here’s a better idea: No safety videos more than 60 seconds long!

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Q&A With the Pilot

Everything You Wanted to Know About Noisy Exit Hatches, Ryanair Pilots, Rates of Climb, Pilot Rest and More.

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The (Second?) Best Album of All Time Turns 30

Forty Fearless Minutes of Unstoppable Energy.

And Grant Hart Remembers…

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Letter From Hanoi

On the Streets of Vietnam’s Capital, it’s Traffic as Art and Chaos.

Plus: a Ride With EVA Air, Taiwan’s “other airline.”

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The Newest Airline Livery Designs: 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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Turbulent Times

Recent events have nervous flyers chattering their teeth. Here’s everything you need to know about bumpy air.

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The Drone Danger

Even the Smallest UAV is a Danger to Commercial Planes. Though Not Necessarily as the Associated Press Describes It.

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Oh My God There’s Duct Tape On My Plane!

Or so it would appear. The truth isn’t nearly so scary.

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Down and Out at the Yankee Clipper

My favorite airport restaurant has gone to hell. Come on, Rocco, is sweeping the floor too much to ask?

And, is there a future for non-chain restaurants at airports?

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The Decline and Fall of the U.S. Airport

UPDATE: the Misery of Making Connections in America. We’ve done it to Ourselves Through Shortsightedness and Flyer-Unfriendly Policies.

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The Media’s Airplane Problem

The Latest Photo Blunder, and How Hollywood Gets it Wrong.

Plus: Enough With the Aeronautics Professors!

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