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Meet Dr. Berry CAU’s Director of Education

Dr. Michael Berry has always had a love for aviation.  Growing up in a military family, his father would take him to the airfields as a child where he would look to the sky as planes came and went and watched his father work on aircraft.  Life as a military child took Dr. Berry all over the world.  Born in...

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Airplane Landings

Airplane Landings

Whether you’re sitting in an airport restaurant gazing out at the runway or maybe standing at a small airport with your nose poked through the chain-link fence watching airplane landings and take offs, it’s always thrilling to see an air machine connect with or depart from the pavement.    There’s just something special about seeing thousands of pounds of metal (or...

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Airplane Transponder - CAU

The Airplane Transponder

Beyond the amazing aeronautical and thrust design developments we have pursued since the Wright brothers, arguably the next greatest development in aviation has been in electronic communications, including nonverbal communication such as the transponder.  The privilege of talking over a radio and speaking directly and instantaneously with air traffic control (ATC) or even with other airborne pilots has enhanced safety...

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Strange Aviation Sounds In Flight | CAU

Strange Aviation Sounds Small-Airplane Passengers (and Pilots) Hear

Passengers in big airliners hear certain aviation sounds that have become commonplace in our flying experience.  They hear machine made aviation sounds (like the engines humming as the jet flies through the air) and other assorted things like the flight attendant call button tones.  But, on the whole, the auditory environment within the giant flying tube is pretty unremarkable. On the...

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Strange Sensations See & Feel | CAU

Strange Things Small Airplane Passengers See And Feel

Even without having ever been in a functional airplane, Leonardo Da Vinci observed, For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will long to return. Flying in a small airplane, whether as the pilot or as a passenger, is an experience worlds apart from...

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