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A Century of Flight

Posted by Sean H. on 02.27.14

Photo courtesy of Brian Blanco/AP Images for IATA On January 1, 2014, commercial aviation marked its 100th anniversary. In 1914, an industry was born when Tony Jannus flew a Benoist airboat from St. Petersburg, Fla., across the bay to Tampa, a 23-minute journey with only a single paying passenger, Abraham C. Pheil. And what a...

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Plane Spoken

Posted by Madhu U. on 02.14.14

All industries use specialized jargon that’s indecipherable to the outside world. The airline industry is no different. In fact, some might say the airline industry is more prone to using dense jargon than most. To help you understand this business we love, we’ve put together a by-no-means comprehensive list of some of the more interesting...

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Barking Dogs Save Fuel!

Posted by Madhu U. on 01.24.14

  Have you ever heard what sounds like dogs barking as your Virgin America flight taxis to the gate after landing? No, it’s not a pack of hounds loose in the cargo hold (Virgin America, by the way, does not transport pets in cargo). What you’re hearing is the sound of the aircraft equalizing hydraulic...

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SHARKLETS!

Posted by Madhu U. on 01.20.14

If you’ve ever flown on the newest aircraft in our fleet and looked out at the wings, you may have noticed something different about her. Jersey Girl, the Airbus A320 we took delivery of in March last year, was named in honor of our new daily nonstop service from the West Coast to Newark Liberty...

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Virgin America Flight Simulator Experience

Posted by Madhu U. on 01.10.14

Virgin America pilots take us for a ride in the flight simulator. Watch how the outside of  the simulator moves as it responds to take-offs and landings. We talked to Capt. Christopher Owens, our chief instructor pilot, about how Virgin America uses our flight simulator. For those of you not familiar with professional flight simulators,...

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Virgin America, FAA Test SWIM

Posted by Madhu U. on 12.20.13

The SWIM program running on an Electronic Flight Bag Virgin America recently became the first commercial airline to test a new system for managing aircraft information while in flight. Part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen air traffic control modernization process, the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) system allows pilots, dispatchers and air traffic...

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Power Up For Takeoff

Posted by Madhu U. on 11.21.13

As of today, Virgin America is allowing travelers unrestricted use of most portable electronic devices (PEDs) from “gate-to-gate” on all phases of flights on all of its aircraft within U.S. airspace.  Although some carriers have already lifted the restriction of PED use on many aircraft and during certain categories of flight, Virgin America’s fleet of...

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Fly-By Over Our Headquarters

Posted by John C. on 09.21.12

Our headquarters office in Burlingame, CA gives us sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and planes landing at SFO. It makes for some great scenery. We frequently watch our own red tails as they make their final approach (plus any special arrivals, like when Airforce One comes to town). But today we were thrilled...

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