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How to Beat Jet Lag

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Are you packed and ready for your upcoming flight? Whether it’s for business or pleasure, your top priorities are making sure you’ve checked in within 24 hours of departure, all travel essentials have been packed, and double-checking you have your passport handy. However, with the excitement for your trip and checking off your to-do list, jet lag may be the last thing on your mind. What can really throw a wrench in your travel plans is having an irregular sleep cycle, therefore, our aircraft dispatcher team at Sheffield talks about how to beat jet lag.

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United Airlines Is Planning to Fly Larger Jets to Lower Costs

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Investment analysts at United Airlines are paid to worry about the company’s budget, especially if the current rumor of an economic downturn happens sooner than expected. However, after the company’s quarterly earnings call on Wednesday, the higher-ups have come up with a simple strategy to cut down on costs. Executives have confirmed that United Airlines is planning to fly larger jets to lower costs over the next six years. Also known as “increasing gauge,” the strategy will call for larger aircraft to seat more passengers per flight.

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Statue Erected of First Black Fighter Pilot at the Museum of Aviation

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On October 9th, the Museum of Aviation unveiled a bronze statue commemorating the first black fighter pilot in history. The statue of Eugene J. Bullard was unveiled at the base near Warner Robins, Georgia before a crowd which included his descendants, French officials, Air Force officers, and some of the surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen. Read More »

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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