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A Pilot’s Perspective: Approach and Landing

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Scott Simko, a U.S. Commercial Airline pilot of over 15 years. His views and opinions are his and his alone and do not represent the airline of his employment or Hipmunk. As we are vectored to the approach, we are looking out for other aircraft. This will seem pretty obvious, but…

A Pilot’s Perspective: Descent

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Scott Simko, a U.S. Commercial Airline pilot of over 15 years. His views and opinions are his and his alone and do not represent the airline of his employment or Hipmunk. ATC (air traffic control) starts stepping us down about 90 miles out and filters us into the line of traffic…

A Pilot’s Perspective: Cruise

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Scott Simko, a U.S. Commercial Airline pilot of over 15 years. His views and opinions are his and his alone and do not represent the airline of his employment or Hipmunk. Once we begin cruising, we usually turn off the fasten seatbelt light, which allows everyone to stretch their legs. In the…

A Pilot’s Perspective: Climb

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Scott Simko, a U.S. Commercial Airline pilot of over 15 years. His views and opinions are his and his alone and do not represent the airline of his employment or Hipmunk. Our tires have just left the ground. We are airborne. We retract the landing gear and — barring no problems…

A Pilot’s Perspective: Takeoff

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Scott Simko, a U.S. Commercial Airline pilot of over 15 years. His views and opinions are his and his alone and do not represent the airline of his employment or Hipmunk. Following up on my last post, we are getting ready for push back. Before the door is closed we (the…

A Pilot’s Perspective: Pre-flight

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Scott Simko, a U.S. Commercial Airline pilot of over 15 years. His views and opinions are his and his alone and do not represent the airline of his employment or Hipmunk. Once the aircraft arrives, we kick it into another gear. Passengers deplane, cockpit and cabin crews swap,…

A Pilot’s Perspective: At The Gate

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Scott Simko, a U.S. Commercial Airline pilot of over 15 years. His views and opinions are his and his alone and do not represent the airline of his employment or Hipmunk. Continuing on our fictitious flight, we arrive at the gate to meet the flight attendants, often for…

A Pilot’s Perspective: Before Getting To The Plane

This is a hipmunk guest post from Scott Simko, a U.S. Commercial Airline pilot of over 15 years. His views and opinions are his and his alone and do not represent the airline of his employment or hipmunk. Have you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the airport and why certain things…

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