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I can answer many types of questions on military and civil aviation, and aviation/aerospace history.

Experience in the area

I am a Captain in Civil Air Patrol, serve as flight crew on various Civil Air Patrol missions.


Civil Air Patrol


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University

Awards and Honors

General Billy Mitchell Award - #48332

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

It had been my dream since I was 3 to fly military jets, but a back injury put an end to those dreams. Though I'll naver fly for the military, I can still teach about their aircraft, and maybe encourage somebody else to reach for the sky. Currently, I am looking for work in the field of journalism.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

People as far back as Leonardo da Vinci had designs for aircraft. In fact, in 2003, when some of his designs were tested, they actually flew!

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Recent Answers from Marc Eichler

2014-10-14 Electronic Panel Doors in Commercial Airplanes.:

For this question, I'm not the person to give the answer.  I can, however give you a great resource to look.    This is a link to a book called "Cockpit Confidential."  I thought I knew just about everything

2014-10-12 Retractable mechanism for Landing gear in airplanes.:

For takeoff, it's pretty much as soon as the aircraft assumes a safe rate of climb.  For landing, that is honestly something I am not sure of.  I can tell you that in Microsoft Flight Simulator, I typically

2014-10-12 Retractable mechanism for Landing gear in airplanes.:

No, not all landing gear are always retractable.  Look at the Cessna 152, 172, and 182, among others.  It has to do with airflow around the plane, which can impact speed and impact maintenance and an airline's

2014-10-07 Private aircraft landing on International and Domestic Airports:

Hi Prashant -     Yes, private aircraft can land at your larger airports.  What often discourages this are high landing fees, the traffic, and the fact that there are often small airfields not too far

2012-03-13 C-130 Hercules:

1.  They use radios.  The flight deck of the C-130 is too high for hand signals to be effective - I think.    2.  I am not sure about this.  IF it could be lowered in flight, the aircraft would have to


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