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Healthy Airports

Healthy flying,

Have your ever had to eat in an airport and walked what felt like miles up and down the terminal trying to find at least one healthy entrée? Of course you have!   I’m Marcey Rader, Lifestyle Trainer for Mobile Professionals. I understand first-hand that business travel isn’t just part of your job, it’s a lifestyle. I spent over a decade traveling around the world for my job and have suf [...]

Nutrition & flying

Healthy flying,

Last installment we learned: 1) Airports are still in the dark ages when it comes to healthy offerings to passengers. 2) Why you feel bloated and icky after you fly. 3) How sodium can ruin your flat tummy and your bathroom experience. What’s the worst thing for me to eat? Wherever you are, buyers beware! Inspections of almost 800 restaurants at 10 airports found violations. At one airport 77 [...]

Exercise & flying

Healthy flying,

In the last two posts we learned what to eat and what to avoid at airports. Now we’ll learn how you can get some movement in to combat all that sitting.   To check or not to check? It’s scary to check a bag because you may not get it at your destination and if you are flying in to RDU, it will take as long as your flight to actually get your baggage (what is going on back there?). Howe [...]

Pushback to runway

From the cockpit,

Once the passengers are loaded, the paperwork is completed, and the plane is preflighted it’s time to leave the gate. At this point, many passengers just want to get in the air. For the curious bunch, some important steps actually occur between the gate and the runway. With this post, we’ll examine what’s going on up front just prior to takeoff. A Concrete Maze Most passengers who’ve f [...]

Takeoff & Climb

From the cockpit,

Thus far, most of our posts have looked at the steps leading up to takeoff. Today we’ll examine what happens once the plane departs terra firma. While the takeoff and climb legs might appear simple and self-explanatory, both involve important steps that greatly contribute to the safety of each flight. V1:  A Critical Airspeed Although we previously reviewed the need to calculate speeds [...]

In-flight navigation

From the cockpit,

Prior to this post, we’ve highlighted airline pilots’ duties from pre-takeoff to leveling at cruise altitude. In this installment, we’ll examine a major component of the cruise leg: navigating from Point A to Point B. Unlike with ground-bound modes of transport, flight crews can’t rely on a solid network of roads or rails. However, vast as the wild blue yonder might be; the national airspace [...]

The decent

From the cockpit,

Regardless of the distance traveled or the time spent aloft, all airplanes must eventually return to earth. For passengers, the descent leg means the flight is almost over. For the crew, the descent phase involves communication, coordination, planning, and even math. Let’s examine some of the highlights your pilots deal with after leaving cruise altitude. Econ Descent In Selecting the [...]

The cruise altitude selection

From the cockpit,

In Avoiding Other Aircraft, we highlighted the cruise altitudes available to pilots depending on the type (VFR/IFR) and direction of flight. With this post, we’ll take cruising altitudes a step further and examine how to choose the best altitude for existing circumstances. As you might imagine, a variety of factors affect the altitudes pilots and dispatchers ultimately decide on. Let’s get s [...]