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How Is It Possible to Land An Airliner on a Taxiway?

An Alaska Airlines 737 landed on a taxiway at Seattle's SeaTac Airport on December 19th at about 8:30 in the morning. While it is not unknown for this sort of thing to happen, it is thankfully rare but also exceedingly dangerous. Luckily for this crew and their passengers, the taxiway was clear at the time and the landing was uneventful. Taking off or landing on the wrong piece of pavement has been the cause of a number of incidents and…

BA2276: “The Las Vegas Miracle?” A Pilot’s Perspective

Usually after any kind of incident on an airliner, reporters interview distraught passengers who are only all too willing to relay the terrible circumstances that existed on the doomed jet. These sort of interviews make for great television, as our brains instinctively fill in all the missing bits of drama that…

A Pilot Explains Hail and How It Can Effect An…

So who flies into a hail storm? The short answer is nobody does this on purpose. This past Friday, a Delta A320 (flight 1889) with 125 passengers and five crew was enroute from Boston to Salt Lake when it ran into some hail near Denver. The aircraft was heavily damaged…

The Other View: My First and Disappointing Visit to EAA…

First thoughts. I really wanted to say my first experience to Oshkosh was unforgettable.  But it wasn't.  That's not to say that EAA AirVenture is a waste of time either.  There are several reasons I'll outline below of why Oshkosh was not great for me and why I'll give it…

A Laymans Guide to En Route Weather During Thunderstorm Season

Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on 58aviation.com. Foreword to ATCs and Aircrews:  This article is meant for the flying public who may not know what goes on behind the scenes.  The explanations are a quick and remedial way of showing what we do. Today marked the beginning of thunderstorm season…

Boneyards and M.R.Os Series (Part One): An Introduction and Some…

A lot of curiosity has been growing recently, from not only our team, but also our audience on what exactly happens behind-the-fence at boneyard airports. Throughout the near future, our team will be digging deeper to find answers to your questions through inside source Richard Averitt, who is employed at an…

The Fight for the Asian Narrow Body Market

Asia is the fastest growing aviation market in the world with passenger numbers and aircraft sales growing dramatically. At the core of the boom is the narrow body market that features two major competitors: the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737. These two companies are in the thick of a…

American Airlines To Commence 737 Service Between MIA and MCI

Beginning March 5th, 2015, American Airlines will fly nonstop between Miami (MIA) and Kansas City (MCI). Utilizing Boeing 737-800 aircraft, increasing connectivity between the Midwest and South Florida. “We are very excited to announce these new routes, which will give our customers more travel options to and from Miami and…

Delta T4 Expands Yet Again

Today Delta Air Lines continued its  $1.2 billion investment to enhance and expand Concourse B in Terminal 4 at JFK with the opening of Phase two.  The $175 million project adds 11 new gates and 75,000 square feet to the terminal. The new gates will replace the Delta Connection operation…

Etihad Airways Takes Delivery of Their First Airbus A380

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE has taken delivery of their first of ten A380 aircraft, a major milestone in the Abu Dhabi based airline’s ambitious expansion plans. [caption id="attachment_696" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo provided by Etihad[/caption] The new A380 is configured in a four class configuration, featuring a…