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What to Do If Your Flight is Cancelled

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You’ve planned to take a vacation months in advance and you book tickets for a great price. In the months leading up to your vacation, you eagerly and carefully put together your itinerary. However, when the big day finally arrives, you experience a sinking feeling in your stomach as you learn your flight has been cancelled. Flight cancellations can happen for a variety of reasons such as weather conditions, security breaches, strikes, etc. When you put so much time and money into planning your trip, this can be frustrating – especially if you don’t have a backup plan. The aviation crew of our air traffic controller school share tips on what to do if your flight is cancelled. Read More »

Flying Solo: Airlines Eliminating Co-Pilots


Back in the day, a flight engineer would accompany both pilots in the cockpit to ensure the function of aircraft systems and diagnose issues. Eventually, in the early 1980s, the flight engineer position was eliminated due to advancements in integrated circuits and computing power. Nowadays, we only see two pilots in the cockpit, however, there is a heated debate currently in the works about reducing the cockpit to one pilot. Our skilled aviation crew at Sheffield discuss two sides of the argument about airlines eliminating co-pilots.

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Europe to Regulate Boeing 737 Max Safety Tests

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There have been plans put in place for Europe to regulate Boeing 737 Max safety tests on its own. Having been on the ground for almost six months since the second tragic crash due to a malfunctioning flight-control system, there’s no exact date set to get the Boeing 737 Max airborne again. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is determined to conduct its own test flights independently by sending pilots to the United States. Read More »

The History of the Airplane


In 2019, it would be hard to think of a world without aircraft. We, as a people across the globe, rely on this method of transportation for a lot: shipping, travel, and the military. However, there was a time when airplanes didn’t exist, and people depended on boats and horses to get them from Point A to Point B. Our knowledgeable aviation staff here at Sheffield would like to take you back in time to teach the history of the airplane. Read More »

Why It’s Not Ideal to Sleep on Airplane Floor

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No matter how much you see friends and family traveling on social media, they most likely get tuckered out during the journey. It’s a no-brainer that traveling requires a lot of energy, especially if you’re going on a long-haul flight. A lot goes into traveling like making sure you arrive at the gate on time, waiting in lines, security assurance, baggage check-ins – the list goes on. However, no matter how drained you feel, you should never resort to the airplane floor to get some shut-eye.

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American and Southwest Airlines Plan to Upgrade Corporate Travel

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Recently, American and Southwest Airlines unveiled plans to upgrade corporate travel to lock in profitable business travelers, which was announced on Monday at the Global Business Travel Association 2019 Convention in Chicago. The announcement comes just two years after Southwest laid down the foundation to accommodate the increase in the number of corporate travelers.

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Singapore Air’s Critical Fight Against Emirates in India

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Uh-oh! It seems there’s a rift in the airline industry recently as Singapore Air’s critical fight against Emirates in India centers around a squabble over Indian international travelers – one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. [1] On Wednesday, VistaraSingapore Airline’s Indian conglomerate – made its first international flight from New Delhi to Singapore, marking the beginning of a long struggle against Middle East airline powerhouses such as Emirates and Etihad Airways – the dominant airlines of India’s overseas flights.

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Different Types of Flight Delays

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We’ve all been there: stuck at an airport, past the departure time due to a delay. It can be frustrating that you’ve made the effort to arrive at the airport early only to be waiting an hour or more after arriving at the gate. However, knowing the TYPE of flight delay can help determine how long it will last and your potential flight delay compensation. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the five flight delay categories are: air carrier, extreme weather, National Aviation System (NAS), late-arriving aircraft, and security.[1] Our team of aeronautical professionals from our aviation school is happy to go into detail about the different types of flight delays.

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Help Wanted: Boeing Needs 800,000 New Mechanics in 20 Years

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Recently, Boeing released the 2019 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, which calculated 769,000 new aircraft mechanics will be needed to sustain the international fleet by 2039. The prediction also states the need for commercial aviation, business aviation, as well as civil helicopters.[1]

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Naomi Campbell’s Elaborate Airplane Cleaning Routine

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Last week, Naomi Campbell made headlines for a meticulous airplane ritual she performs just before takeoff: cleaning. Having a world-renowned career that spans over three decades, it comes as no surprise that Campbell has developed an elaborate airplane cleaning routine over the years.

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