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This is Your Captain Speaking …

From booking to baggage claim, we all have questions about flying and airline operations.

What do the in-flight bells mean? How do pilots determine when to use autopilot? What is involved in the pre-flight or safety check process? Why do I have to put up my seat and tray table before take-off? 

Lucky for us, A4A has some expert pilots on staff to help fill in the blanks! Dan Elwell, Senior Vice President, Safety, Security and Operations, and Paul McGraw, Vice President, Operations and Safety, will be able to provide insight to airline operations from a pilot’s perspective and answer any questions you might have.

A retired Air Force pilot, Dan flew combat missions in Operation Desert Storm among other assignments. He also spent more than 16 years with American Airlines in varying roles from Captain to Managing Director of International and Government Affairs.

Paul is a certified multi-engine commercial pilot with a flight instructor rating. He held management positions at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, where he and his staff were responsible for all airport operational and emergency activities.

Needless to say, these guys have some great experience to share, both in and out of the cockpit, which is why we are launching our Q&A series, “This is your captain speaking…” Send your questions to blog@airlines.org and we will choose a few to highlight on the blog. No question is too big or too small, so do not be shy. The sky is the limit!

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