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McDonnell Douglas/Boeing MD-80 Airliner

  August 26, 2021 On this date in 1980 the FAA certified the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 airliner for operation with two pilots.  This certification was revolutionary, most airlines at the time operated with three crew members in the cockpit: pilot, a co-pilot and a flight engineer.  Before 1980 the presence

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NTSB Virtual Hearing Scheduled for Kobe Bryant Crash

Updated February 10, 2021 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a virtual hearing on February 9, 2021, regarding the cause of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant’s daughter Gianna, and seven others in January 2020. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter struck a fog-covered

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Aviation Leadership

John Gagliano is honored to have been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) for a three-year term, beginning in 2020.  NAFI is the preeminent national organization of flight instructors that supports a commitment to professionalism and aviation excellence. NAFI’s mission also promotes the

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Kobe Bryant Flight Path Analysis

The tragic crash of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter on Sunday January 26, 2020 raises many questions, with few answers in the early days of the investigation. The NTSB will likely take a year or more to publish its facts and conclusions. On January 27th, Matt DeLucia from Philadelphia’s NBC10 News interviewed

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