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Smooth Landings

AUTOPILOT MAY HAVE CONTROL ON YOUR NEXT DESCENT—FOR SAFETY REASONS.
CHRIS COOKE has been a pilot with a major domestic carrier for more than 20 years and currently flies long-haul routes on the 777. He began his career with the U.S. Marine Corps, received Navy flight training and was a Top Gun graduate.

When I meet someone for the first time, they’ll often ask what I do for a living. After I answer, there’s usually a standard set of questions about the latest aviation incident or some other airline-related topic. Typically, someone wants to know if we even fly the planes anymore. The answer is an emphatic

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