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Updated Articles and Resources

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    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Airbus Unveils New A350-XWB Chrysalis Cabin Created: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The A350-XWB's new "chrysalis" cabin, as it's called, has a dropped floor which allows for straighter walls and more room to breathe, setting it apart from other wide body jets that taper at the front and back.
    • Composite Materials on Aircraft Created: Sunday, June 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Common composite materials used in aviation are fiberglass, carbon fiber and fiber-reinforced matrix systems, or a combination of any of these.
    • Aircraft Profile: Airbus A350 XWB Created: Sunday, June 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The Airbus A350-WXB is a family of wide-body jets introduced to rival the eco-friendly Boeing 787, and Boeing 777.
    • Aircraft Profile: Boeing 737 MAX Created: Monday, July 23, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Since the first Boeing 737 aircraft was flown in the late 1960s, it has proven itself over and over again as the most popular airliner ever. The latest model, the Boeing 737 MAX, is part of Boeing's Next Generation 737 aircraft group, and is meant to be the most efficient single-aisle airplane on the market.
    • Avionics Acronym Guide Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Here's a quick guide to some of the common acronyms associated with Nextgen avionics and systems
    • Aircraft Profile: Cessna 162 Skycatcher Created: Monday, April 30, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      Cessna's newest training aircraft, the Skycatcher, answers the market's call for light sport aircraft. An all-metal, high-wing aircraft with roomy side-by-side seating, the Cessna 162 Skycatcher LSA is marketed for personal use and flight schools.
    • What is ETOPS? Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      ETOPS stands for Extended Operations or Extended Twin Operations, and it describes a type of operation in which air carriers are allowed to fly an extended range over places where airports and landing areas are sparse, such as long routes over the ocean (although ETOPS is not limited to oceanic flights.)
    • What is ACARS? Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      A datalink system that allows aircraft to communicate with ground systems digitally while in flight, ACARS has proven to be a reliable tool, making flight safer and more efficient.
    • Inside the Aircraft Accident Investigation Process Created: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Air travel today remains safe, thanks in part to accident investigation. Findings from accident investigators pave the way for changes to be made in aviation.
    • What is Data Link? Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Data link systems allow non-voice air-to-ground communication between aircraft crew members and ATC or airline employees on the ground, eliminating the need for frequency congestion and allowing for less frequent errors in verbal communications between pilots and air traffic controllers.
    • 5 Ways to Make Your Airport More Eco-Friendly Created: Thursday, April 05, 2012 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      With the world’s focus on sustainability, making your airport more eco-friendly becomes more important every day. Your airport probably has a good waste management plan in place, but how envi...
    • How to Choose a Flight Instructor Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Flight lessons are a big investment on your part. As a student, making sure you team up with the best possible instructor will save you money - and a headache.
    • The Flight Management System (FMS) Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      An aircraft's flight management system (FMS) system can easily calculate alternate airports, holding patterns and estimated time enroute, drastically reducing the workload of pilots.
    • Aircraft Profile: Boeing 777 Family Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      The Boeing 777 family is a group of long-range airliners designed and built in the early 1990s and first delivered into service in 1995.
    • MH370 Timeline: The Facts Surrounding the Mystery of Malaysia Flight 370 Created: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
      The world continues to speculate about the whereabouts of missing Malaysian Airline Flight 370. All we know for sure are the facts, which will be continuously updated here as the mystery develops.
    • 4 Easy Steps for Explaining Aircraft Systems Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014
      How to explain aircraft systems in a simple, organized manner.
    • NextGen in a Nutshell Created: Thursday, September 26, 2013 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      NextGen is short for Next Generation Air Transportation System, an FAA program developed to modernize today's national airspace system with the help of the entire industry. NextGen isn’t just a single program; it's made up of a series of different initiatives designed to make the airspace system more efficient.
    • Learner-Centered Grading and the Flight Instruction Environment Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014
      Maneuvers-based evaluations have been the focus of the FAA’s Practical Test Standards for decades. Now the industry has come to realize that decision-making and resource management are perhaps the most important tools an instructor can arm a student pilot with.
    • Aircraft Profile: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird holds the record for the fastest operational military jet in the world. Here's a look at its design, specifications and where you can find the remaining SR-71 aircraft today.
    • The Top 4 U.S. Aviation Universities Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      Choosing an aviation university can be difficult. This article compares four commonly known aviation universities, including student enrollments, tuition and aircraft fleets.
    • 8 Steps to Aircraft Ownership Created: Sunday, January 27, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
      Aircraft ownership might seem like a dream for the average pilot, but those who have gone through it know that buying an airplane can be a real nightmare!
    • Amelia Rose Earhart to Recreate Famous Round-the-World Flight Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
      In the summer of 2014, Amelia Rose Earhart will recreate the famous Amelia's flight around the world. Dubbed "The Amelia Project," the flight will commemorate the infamous flight that Amelia Earhart attempted in 1937 and raise awareness for the Fly With Amelia Foundation.
    • 12 Annoying Things Flight Instructors Do Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
      A list of the 12 most annoying habits of flight instructors, as compiled Reddit pilots.
    • Company Profile: Fly With Amelia Foundation Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
      The Fly With Amelia Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Colorado created by Amelia Rose Earhart, a pilot who happens to share the love of flight - and a name - with the legendary Amelia Earhart.
    • Aircraft Profile: Pilatus PC-12 NG Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014
      The Pilatus PC-12 is a single engine turboprop aircraft best known for its long range, large cabin and safety features. It's popular because it's easy to fly and is certified for single-pilot IFR operations and flight into known icing conditions.
    • 7 Reasons You Shouldn't Become a Pilot Created: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
      There are a lot of reasons to become a pilot: flying is a lot of fun and for most, it's a very satisfying career. But there are a few misconceptions to clear up about the lifestyle of a commercial ...
    • Accident Profile: Colgan Air/Continental Connection Flight 3407 Created: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
      On February 12,2009, a Colgan Air jet,operating as Continental Connection Flight 3407, crashed during approach. The accident was gained notoriety for many safety issues, including regional airline pilot salaries, pilot fatigue, airline training standards and pilot commuting policies.
    • The Pilot Fatigue Problem Created: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
      For years, pilot fatigue has been a real issue. Airline pilots, as well as cargo, corporate and charter pilots all face fatigue while flying. While fatigue can be common and overlooked in the aviation industry, it poses a very troubling threat to safety and should be taken seriously.
    • FAA Final Rule: Pilot Duty and Rest Requirements Created: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
      In December 2011, the FAA established a final rule for pilot duty and rest requirements in an effort to combat the risks of fatigue in aircrews. This new regulation provides more stringent rest requirements and flight hour restrictions than previously, a move that the FAA hopes will satisfy the public demands for a safer flying environment.
    • Plane Spotting Etiquette: Do's and Don'ts for Beginners Created: Sunday, December 29, 2013 Updated: Sunday, December 29, 2013
      There's really no right or wrong way to spot aircraft. There are, however, a few unwritten rules and guidelines for plane spotting. Here are a few of the do's and don'ts of the plane spotting world.
    • A Beginner's Guide to Plane Spotting Created: Monday, December 23, 2013 Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013
      Plane spotting is a great way to learn about and enjoy the aviation industry and the aircraft and airlines within it. For anyone who enjoys airplanes, plane spotting makes a great hobby. Here's how to get started.
    • Company Profile: NYCAviation.com Created: Monday, December 23, 2013 Updated: Monday, December 23, 2013
      NYCAviation.com is an aviation information website that provides news, expert commentary, consulting and photography to the aviation industry. Founded in 2003 by Phil Derner, Jr., NYCAviation.com acquires almost 1 million visits per month and has at least 40,000 followers on various social media platforms.

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