AAL Putting Down The Mad Dogs

Mention the name “Mad Dog” around a person who presently has, or who has ever had, any type of involvement in the aviation industry and that person’s reaction can cover any part of the scale, all the way from “A wonderful old aircraft” down to “Airborne junk!” Not being a pilot or an aircraft mechanic, my feelings about…

Propeller Echoes: Mohawk Airlines

It was seventy years ago, yes, way back in 1945, when C.S. Robinson founded Robinson Airlines.  Over the next 27 years, Robinson Airlines and the airline it later evolved into, Mohawk, flew the skies over the northeastern United States.  Then, in April of 1972, forty-three years ago this month, Mohawk Airlines was absorbed by Allegheny…

A Look Back: Boeing’s 727

Today’s passenger airliners sure are impressive, aren’t they?  As a dedicated aircraft photo spotter, I am tremendously excited whenever I get an opportunity to focus one of the newer paxbirds, like a 380 or a Dreamliner, in my viewfinder.  But I have to be totally honest with you; as pumped up as I get when I am able to…

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Understanding Air France 447 with Capt. Bill Palmer

A330 captain Bill Palmer joins me to discuss his book Understanding Air France 447. Many factors contributed to the crash of this A330, which went down in the Atlantic in 2009. Bill walks us through the factors involved in the crash including aircraft systems, pilot fatigue, pilot proficiency, and the state of professional pilot training.…