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1980s Airlines at Boston Logan

For many years there was an observation deck on the 16th floor of the Logan airport control tower. It was rigged with an ATC audio feed from the controllers just above and was a great place to observe the airport action. The 1980s were still days of film and on one roll I forgot to…

DIY 737 Simulator

DIY 737 Flight Simulator

Sounds simple enough. Find a Boeing 737 cockpit, truck it over a few states, and transform it into a working flight simulator complete with 210 degree cockpit view of the outside world, all while tucked away inside a building. Dave Jones joins me to discuss his 737 flight simulator project, how he came to own…

Karlene Petitt, Airline Pilot, Novelist

In this, part 2 of my interview, Karlene Petitt tells the story of her career as an airline pilot and of her aviation novels and popular website. The tumultuous airline business can make for a roller coaster career for pilots. Pilots striving for an airline career won’t want to miss her story, one that has…

Pilot Proficiency with Airline Pilot & Author Karlene Petitt

Airline pilot, author, and speaker Karlene Petitt joins me to discuss pilot training and proficiency as well as her aviation novels and her Flight to Safety Blog. Karlene walks us through flying the A330, with it’s sophisticated flight control system and extensive use of automation. She also illustrates some difference between Airbus and Boeing flight…