TOP 10 Blog Posts of 2016!


TOP 10 Blog Posts 2016!

Ladies and gents, from the Flight Blog, it’s that time of year . . .


Cockpit Selfie Valentine

My latest Valentine’s tie, featuring Cat in the Hat! Like it?

And, what better way to celebrate our LOVE OF FLIGHT than to look back on some of our favorite aviation posts of 2016!

Welcome to this year’s edition of last year’s Best of Cap’n Aux!

In case you missed any last year, take a look at the most popular posts of 2016, and check ’em out—or check ’em out again! And, to feed your insatiable avgeek appetite, after our Top 10 Countdown will be included a Top 5 of All-Time, as well as a few other gems . . . so, let’s get started, shall we?!

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TOP 10 Blog Posts of 2016!


White Pilots Can Dance!

OK, so kinda starting on a slightly embarrassing note. But, hey, a good time was had by all, so deal with it! Can white pilots dance? Find out here!

Flash Mob: White Pilots Can Dance!

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December 7th, 2016: A Date Which will Live in Memory

This one was a personal favorite of mine from last year. A pilgrimage to Hawaii to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day that turned into a sublime meeting with destiny.

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Darwin Awards, Aviation-Style

Our annual Halloween post celebrating macabre, aviation-related acts of stupidity!

Halloween Darwin Awards Aviation Style!

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aux-trump TOP 10 Blog Posts of 2016!Word on the Ramp: Frightful Presidential Election Edition

Our first Word on the Ramp video (a roundup of All Cool Things aviation) in this list, and another Halloween-themed post—including some frightful presidential characters!

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Adventures of Cap’n Raph!

Sometimes the stars align, the aviation gods smile upon you…and Adventures ensue!

This was one of those weekends.

Adventures of Cap’n Raph!

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Safety—A Frightfully Serious Matter

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Another Halloween-themed post, this one is dead serious. Dedicated to the memory of Bob Hoover, this is our first Airways Magazine article to grace the Top 10 this year—with a bonus video to boot . . .

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Miracle on the Hudson—Lessons

Another Airways Magazine article, this one explores lessons learned from famous incident.

Sully Movie and Miracle on the Hudson Lessons


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Word on the Ramp—Merry Chemtrail Edition!

Another periodic video roundup of All Cool Things Aviation, this one includes one of the most hysterical aviation-themed music videos of the year!

Word on the Ramp: Special Merry Chemtrail—er, Christmas Edition!

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May the Fourth Be With You!

May the 4th is “Unofficial Star Wars Day” (as in, “May the 4th be with you!”), and I always enjoy playing around with it here on the blog.


Some great memes and fun aviation-y and Star Wars-y stuff!

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tiw-3-audio-cover-loBefore we get to the Number One spot, I wanted to celebrate our books published last year, starting with

There I Wuz! Adventures From 3 Decades in the Sky Volume 3!

This military-themed edition features several wild stories from fighter jocks, in addition to other cockpit adventures you’ve come to enjoy with the series. Don’t miss it!






cnd-4-bk-cover-front-loAlso, I am very proud to have completed the Code Name: Dodger Spy/Fly series, with what I think is my favorite story of the series: Mission 4—Yakuza Dynasty! During the story, our young hero Justin must escape his Korean mafia kidnappers . . . from a Gulfstream mid-flight! And, I’m excited to say, the Online Book Club called it:

4/4 STARS—One of the best books I’ve ever read! Absolutely in the same league as the Harry Potter series!”Online Book Club

Read Full review Here

Book in Print:

On eBook:

Spy/Fly Series:

thomas tom blockAnd, finally, we completed an awesome new channel for your aviation enjoyment last year as well. That of my aviation books on AudioBook! Now, you can read The Last Bush Pilots, or any of three-volume There I Wuz! flying series on Audiobook!

What’s more, our books’ Narrator, Thomas Block, a retired airline captain, just received the coveted status of, Approved Producer by ACX, Amazon’s Audible platform.

Once again, Congratulations, Captain Block!

Of course, all my books are also available in Print or ebook as well, along with my Code Name: Dodger Spy/Fly series, at:

And now . . .

TOP 10 Blog Posts of 2016!

The #1 Top Blog Post of 2016:

The Making of a European Pilot

Understandably, a huge bump from worldwide (non-U.S.) traffic for this post pushed this to Number One for the year. We rarely focus on the life of an airline pilot outside the U.S., so my good buddy Captain Raph shared the tale of his climb up the Euro-Aviation ladder into the Left Seat of his Airbus. He also has a lot of wisdom to dispense for the upcoming pilot as well, Euro and otherwise. Check it out!

The Making of a European Airline Pilot

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Honorable Mentions

Posts that didn’t make the Top 10, but you don’t wanna miss!

TOP 10 Blog Posts of 2016!

Top 5 Posts Pre-2016

A lot of blog traffic continues to be generated by these popular pre-16 posts, so I thought it worthy to include for you as well . . .

5. Zen and the Art of Aircraft Maintenance

FO Paperwork!A hysterical look at pilot write-ups, and the smart-alecky replies from mechanics!


This fun series continued with:

4. Around the World in 80 Jumpseats

One of my all-time favorite posts (and apparently others’ favorite as well), a whimsical look at the privileges—and challenges—of today’s ramblin’ pilot.


3. Top 10 Downers of an Airline Career

The dark side of a pilot’s life. A cautionary look at what to expect if you take the plunge!


2. Cap’n Aux Answers Your Avgeek Questions

The 3-part post that blossomed into 7, readers wrote in with burning questions, and I did my best to answer them. Chock full of info and humor! To be fair, I’ll include links to all parts:

And now,

The Top Post that continues to blow the rest of the traffic away . . .

1. Top 10 Things to Never Say to a Pilot

The hysterical post that continues to garner guffaws!

Top 10 Things to Never Say to a Pilot

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