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American Airlines Boeing and Airbus jets


This is a great picture taken by a pilot while taxiing to Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

A nice mix of the old and new when thinking about today’s American Airlines.

The Boeing 737 and Airbus A319 and A320 jets are parked in the East Hold Bay while waiting for their respective gates to open up.


The New Boeing 737MAX and Aerodynamic Efficiency

I spent nine years flying the Boeing 737–100/200/300 series for America West Airlines based out of Phoenix.

The B737 (Baby Boeing) is a wonderful airplane, very well designed for its mission, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the left seat.


America West B737 picture courtesy of airliners.net

A recent Yahoo article highlights some of the latest aerodynamic and propulsion upgrades to the Baby Boeing as it strives to compete with Airbus and its latest version of the A320, the A320neo.

The newest B737, named the B737MAX, will continue the great legacy of Boeing and become a very successful aircraft enjoyed by pilots and airline management.

For additional information please click on the link here.

Aerodynamics and EagleVision

It’s that time again, another aerodynamics class starts next week.

This time, however, I’m teaching the EagleVision Classroom (a virtual classroom that combines Web video conferencing and an LMS system) version of the course. EagleVision Classroom includes scheduled online time and real-time interaction with my students and me.

I’m scheduled to have 13 students across three separate campuses, Phoenix-Mesa, Riverside, California and Seattle.

I’ve spent this afternoon updating the course syllabus, weekly modules, term dates and the like in preparation for next week’s class and look forward to another fun semester!

My last step is to contact my guest speakers and I’m good to go!


Phoenix Sky Harbor Aiport

I’ve been flying into and out of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, as a pilot, since I first arrived in Arizona 1978.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport - Courtesy AZ Republic Newspaper
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport – Courtesy AZ Republic Newspaper

I arrived in August to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an incoming freshman.

The university’s western residential campus is located in Prescott and I was part of the first group of students to attend their then-new campus in the fall of 78.

Here is a great link to a look back at the past 35 years of Terminal 3 at Sky Harbor Airport.

I can remember watching Terminal 3 being built and the excitement of my very first visit inside the complex when traveling as a passenger on American Airlines!

For additional information on Embry-Riddle in Prescott, please click here.

AA Maddog

I really like this foto of the American Airlines MD80s parked at their DFW gates. I’ve many fond memories of this once ubiquitous jet while flying for AWA & US Airways during the 80s & 90s.

Courtesy - Terry Maxon and The Dallas Morning News
Courtesy – Terry Maxon and The Dallas Morning News

Years ago, I commuted back and forth to ORD on the 80 for about two years. Therefore, the Maddog has a special place in my heart. My fave seat, A3!

AA and US Airbus A319 Liveries

Courtesy - PHX Spotters
Courtesy – PHX Spotters

A very cool foto – thanks to the PHX Spotters group!

The A319 in the new AA livery, N814AW, was the very first Airbus I ever flew as a captain on a flight PHX-DFW in June 2012.

I had just transitioned over to the Airbus fleet having spent 15-years flying the B757 as a captain. The Airbus offered me a far superior lifestyle and a much more flexible work schedule out of the Phoenix pilot base. I’ve been flying the Airbus for two+ years now and this has proven to be very true.

This foto shows N814AW, with the former US Airways livery, while taxing at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Courtesy - Airliners.net N814AW
Courtesy – Airliners.net N814AW

PHX Airport Does Very Well in April

PHX Sky Harbor Airport
PHX Sky Harbor Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport reported their passenger counts up 5.3% in April compared to last year.

PHX Terminal 4
PHX Terminal 4

The airport, the nation’s 10th busiest airport, says It is the fifth consecutive month of year-over-year increases in passenger travel through the airport.

For further information please click on the link.

PHX Airport
PHX Airport