Radio/TV Interviews

Interview with former American Airlines captain Richard Levy

July 10, 2024 — Cpt. Richard Levy gives his professional opinion on what couldn’t have been a possible close call encounter between two planes as seen from an amateur footage captured this week.

Here’s What Can Really Happen If You Get Caught Vaping On A Plane

July 6, 2024 — According to a 2020 study published in the journal Tobacco Induced Diseases, the average vape user takes 365 puffs per day. When you’re used to vaping multiple times every hour, surviving a long-haul flight without a few puffs can feel agonizing. However, no matter how tempting it might be to use an e-cigarette mid-flight, you’re better off refraining until you’re back on land.

National Transportation Safety Board says ABIA lacked tech in 2023 near 2-plane collision

June 7, 2024 — The National Transportation Safety Board met this morning in Washington to study the investigation into a near collision between two planes at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport back in early 2023. The board found the airport lacked a key technological tool that could have prevented this from happening.

10 Things Pilots Wish Passengers Knew About Their Job

June 5, 2024 — Flying fascinates many people, both pilots and non-pilots alike. However, many aviation enthusiasts may overlook certain elements of a pilot’s role, or be unaware of key things that make an aircraft function.

As American Airlines flight attendant contract talks happen, their union prepares for a strike if necessary

June 5, 2024 — American Airlines flight attendants are in the middle of negotiating a new contract. Still, they’re sending a clear message from their union headquarters in Euless that they are ready to strike if necessary.

Boeing Enters ‘New Territory’ With Federal Probe, Possible Criminal Charges

May 31, 2024 — Aviation experts and lawyers say Boeing could see massive fines or another settlement agreement, and individuals such as CEO Dave Calhoun could face charges.

Traveling Culturati – Ask The Pilot

May 24, 2024 — This week on Travelling Culturati, we catch up with Captain Levy! Join us as he addresses all the questions you submitted, Captain Levy’s insights into the world of aviation are not to be missed. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, he sheds light on important aspects of air travel, ranging from safety protocols to the top airlines in the industry. Don’t miss this exclusive interview on Travelling Culturati!

Scripps News Live – Clear Air Turbulence

May 23, 2024 — Capt. Richard Levy discusses Clear Air Turbulence, and how exactly this affects flight, during a morning discussion on Scripps News.

Fight or Flight: Boeing Under Fire | Dr. Phil Primetime

May 16, 2024 — Dr. Phil meets John Barnett’s family, a whistleblower found dead the week of his Boeing deposition. Aviation experts discuss Boeing’s safety concerns, examining corporate accountability and passenger safety.

The One Thing A Commercial Pilot Will Never Do When There’s A Passenger Issue Mid-Flight

May 10, 2024 — Flying in a commercial airplane, statistically speaking, is one of the safest ways to travel in the modern world. According to a February 2024 report from the International Air Transport Association, in 2023, there was only one accident aboard an airplane for every 1.26 million perfectly normal flights. Additionally, factoring in the number of flight accidents that resulted in fatalities, there was only a 0.03 fatality risk aboard an airplane.

A Veteran Pilot Has One Huge Tip For Anyone Learning To Fly

May 5, 2024 — As the world becomes metaphorically smaller thanks to the prevalence of air travel, it’s entirely understandable to want to become a pilot yourself. There’s something romantic about being the steward of a gigantic flying metal beast, even more so if you’re also responsible for the safety of an entire cabin of passengers.

Here’s How To Tell When The Flight Crew Knows Something’s Wrong, According To A Veteran Pilot

May 4, 2024 — Almost 100,000 passenger planes take to the air each day, ferrying millions of people around the world. Air travel usually only becomes news when an unruly passenger disturbs a flight and video of their forced de-planing goes viral, but Boeing has had a run of bad press lately because of quality control and safety issues with its planes.

Delta Boeing 767 jet that dropped emergency slide is 33 years old — well past normal age for active airliner: experts

May 1, 2024 — The Boeing jet that dropped an emergency slide after taking off from JFK Airport on Friday is 33 years old — well past the typical retirement age for a commercial jetliner, according to aviation experts.

Boeing Safety: A Veteran Commercial Pilot Has A Surprising Take For Anyone Worried About Flying

April 29, 2024 — Veteran pilot Captain Richard Levy discusses solid reasons as to why he’s still confident in boarding Boeing’s aircraft despite the recent challenges involving the airline.

Southwest, United among airlines waiting for delayed Boeing jet orders

April 25, 2024 — As investigations into U.S. plane manufacturer Boeing continue, the number of airplanes they’re building is trailing off. Both United Airlines and Southwest Airlines say they’re slated to receive a fraction of the airplanes they had on order for 2024.

Pilot prevents 4-plane collision at JFK International Airport | NewsNation Now

April 25, 2024 — Retired airline captain and aviation expert Richard Levy said a miscommunication likely created what might have been a catastrophic plane collision.

A Veteran Commercial Pilot Shatters One Longstanding Myth Of Airplane Safety

April 22, 2024 — Aviation is often regarded as the safest way to travel, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) computing a rate of one accident per 1.26 million flights in 2023. This statistic equates to one fatal accident for that year, which resulted in 72 fatalities, compared to a total of 37.7 million flights in the same period.

The Top 3 Things The Pilot Wishes Every Commercial Airline Passenger Would Do

April 20, 2024 — In 2024, an expected 9.4 billion passengers will take to the air on scheduled commercial flights. The vast majority of these passengers will reach their destinations safely — only re-establishing that flying remains one of the safest modes of transport.

The 4 Best Commercial Aircraft To Fly, According To A Veteran Pilot

April 19, 2024 — Although several companies manufacture jets around the world, Boeing stands above the competition, at least according to retired captain turned instructor Richard J. Levy. Captain Levy flew many crafts over his nearly 41-year career, and of them all, Boeing’s 777 aircraft stands above the rest.

Captain Levy Take: Boeing’s 737 Max 9 Discussion

April 19, 2024 — This week on Travelling Culturati, we have a chat with Captain Levy! Richard Levy, a retired Captain from a leading US International airline, spent nearly 41 years as a pilot. Join us as we discuss travel updates and trending topics with Captain Levy, covering subjects like Boeing and the 737 Max 9, pilot statuses, and more.

Senate Hearings Spotlight Boeing Safety

April 18, 2024 — Cpt. Richard Levy shares his professional opinions on the senate hearing involving Boeing and its strings of issues in the past weeks.

More Boeing issues as travelers try to get home post eclipse

April 11, 2024 — These travel woes come the same day the FAA began investigating claims from a Boeing whistleblower that the plane maker has been cutting corners.

North Texas hotels, rental cars and Airbnbs are almost sold out ahead of eclipse, despite cloudy forecast

April 5, 2024 — Tens of thousands of people have started making their way to the metroplex, despite Monday’s eclipse forecast.

How Much Do Pilots Really Rely On Autopilot? Here’s What A Captain Told Us

April 2, 2024 — During every flight that you’ve ever been on, there’s probably been a period of time when the autopilot system has been engaged to help fly the plane. It’s impossible for passengers to recognize when this transition takes place, however, because the system has become so advanced and reliable in its capabilities.

Boeing CEO to step down

March 27, 2024 — A big shake-up at Boeing today. CEO Dave Calhoun announced that he plans to step down by the end of the year. The move comes as the aircraft company continues to be plagued by problems tied to the safety of their planes, including two fatal crashes of their 737 Max 8 crafts in 2018 and 2019 that killed hundreds of people.

If it’s Boeing, should I be going?

March 20, 2024 — Following the recent incidents that Boeing has faced over the past weeks, people are starting to think twice before booking a flight. But should they be concerned?

The high cost of Travis Kelce dating Taylor Swift: More than $8M spent on planes, gifts, a new home & more

March 19, 2024 — Over the weekend, the NFL tight end and his superstar girlfriend, Taylor Swift, were spotted at the ultra-exclusive Bird Streets Club in West Hollywood where, a source told The Post, members such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Timothée Chalamet pay $10,000 a year.

No, Boeing Issues Aren’t Actually On The Rise This Year, NTSB Data Shows

March 18, 2024 — The number of accidents and incidents involving Boeing commercial planes, at least during the first 55 days of this year, is relatively the same as 2023, federal data shows. There have been 19 incidents, accidents and occurrences involving Boeing planes globally as of Feb. 24, according to the most recent data available from the National Transportation Safety Board’s Case Analysis and Reporting Online tool (CAROL).

Passengers evacuated after United plane ‘rolled onto the grass’ during landing

March 11, 2024 — Passengers onboard a United Airlines flight that landed at George Bush International Airport in Houston Friday morning had to evacuate the plane when it tilted and “rolled onto the grass” from the taxiway, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Do Pilots Actually Avoid Flying Over The Bermuda Triangle? Here’s What Our Expert Says

March 8, 2024 — In an exclusive interview, Explore spoke with Captain Richard Levy, a seasoned professional pilot who has often had to decide whether to cross the Bermuda Triangle on his journeys.

United Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Fire

March 8, 2024 — Retired Airline captain Richard Levy shares his findings on what could have caused the fire that forced an emergency landing on one of United Flight’s planes.

The Next Concorde? An FAA Expert’s Take On The Next Generation Of Supersonic Aircraft

February 9, 2024 — Supersonic commercial flights are on the road to making a comeback, decades after the Concorde took to the skies and then witnessed a spectacular fall that was a mix of commercial as well as technical failures.

Findings Released on Boeing 737 Mid-air Blowout

February 9, 2024 — Cpt. Richard Levy shares his professional opinion on the preliminary report following a mid-air blowout of a Boeing 737

Aviation expert explains how Taylor Swift can make it to Super Bowl

February 2, 2024 — We asked an aviation expert what needs to happen for Taylor Swift to make it from Tokyo to the Super Bowl in Las Vegas, Nev.

Airlines face chaotic week, former airline captain says ‘just a coincidence’ | NewsNation Prime

January 22, 2024 — A string of airplane incidents comes in the wake of the Alaska Airlines midflight blowout. A Boeing 747 had to circle back in Miami after an engine malfunction, and a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a Virginia highway. Captain Richard Levy, a retired American Airlines captain, joins “NewsNation Prime” to discuss the state of air travel, saying the incidents were “just a coincidence.

KFI Featured Segments – Issue on Alaska Airlines Friday night with guest: Captain Richard Levy

January 8, 2024 — Issue on Alaska Airlines Friday night. Talk with a pilot and aviation expert on the issue Captain Richard Levy. 2024 brings a new tax in California. It was 13.3% Now it’s 14.4%. Stealth Tax! D! D! D! gonna hear a lot of that in 2024. First Biden ad and IA Caucus and Nikki Haley needs to get 2d place. Riverside Co. Sheriff Chad Bianco on what he thinks about Gov. Newsom making a presidential run.

US Secretary of State Blinken Meeting with Arab Leaders in Middle East

January 7, 2024 — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is meeting with Arab leaders before heading to Israel. U.S. regulators said Sunday that certain Boeing 737 MAX 9 jets will remain grounded until deemed safe to fly. And artificial intelligence dominates this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

5 Killed in Plane Collision At Busy Tokyo Airport

January 2, 2024 — 2 planes that collided causing a massive fire at one of Tokyo’s busiest airports. authorities say this massive fire is likely caused by the coast guard aircraft that collided with a the passenger jet that just landed. about 380 passengers were on board the aircraft. n one on the passenger plane was injured.

Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Pilot? Expert Advice For Aspiring Aviators

November 18, 2023 — There are perhaps few career choices as emblematic of the modern adventurous spirit as aviation. Whether you’re in the Air Force, a commercial airline pilot, or just a private explorer, it’s through air travel that we can explore the wider world with speed and ease that our ancestors could have only dreamt of.

Why the Jet Stream Is Helping Some International Flights Arrive Early

November 2, 2023 — Flights traveling west to east over the Atlantic Ocean this week have had the wind on their side, pushing some landing times up to an hour ahead of schedule.

Troubling near misses between jets have airline industry on defensive

August 24, 2023 — The number of close calls at airports is down, but high-profile near catastrophes in Austin, New York and Boston are raising concerns.

New Rule Could Keep Pilots Flying Until Age 67

July 19, 2023 — There has been a recent discussion about a bill heading for a vote in congress that would raise the mandatory retirement age for pilots from age 65 to 67 which could be the key to the air travel nightmares people have been experiencing.

Mystery Virginia plane crash debris ‘highly fragmented’

June 6, 2023 — US investigators have begun combing through rural Virginia in search of wreckage from a small plane that flew off course before crashing on Sunday.

Jet crashes in Virginia following sonic boom heard across DMV

June 6, 2023 — NTSB Instigators are on the ground in Virginia, now collecting evidence from the Cessna plane crash Sunday. Officials have confirmed all four victims have died. FOX 5’s Stephanie Ramirez reports from Downtown D.C. with the latest.

147th Westminster Dog Show: Understanding what it takes to win

May 8, 2023 — FOX Weather Meteorologist Craig Herrera is at the 147th Westminster Dog Show with FOX Sports Analyst Gail Miller Bisher to learn what it takes to win big at the Westminster Dog Show.

Personal Interview With Richard Levy

March 27, 2023 — Student interviews Richard Levy on his profession as an aviation consultant.


Feds to hire 200 border pilots amid shortage

February 16, 2023 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is looking to hire 200 pilots to conduct surveillance and security missions along the U.S. border, the agency announced last week.

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Severe turbulence diverts flight to Dulles Airport

March 3, 2023 — A flight from Texas to Germany was diverted to Dulles International Airport after encountering severe turbulence, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. FOX 5’s David Kaplan explains what happened.


FAA releases audio of deadly Dallas air show plane crash

January 12, 2023 — Newly released audio gives some clues as to the conversations going on between pilots and organizers, but there are still many questions about how this happened.

US Flights Resume After Computer Outage Grounds Planes

January 11, 2023 — Air traffic control operations are returning to normal across the United States after thousands of flights were canceled or delayed by a malfunction in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration system that left pilots, airlines and airports without crucial safety information for hours. White House Bureau Chief Patsy Widakuswara has this report.

More than 9,000 delayed flights after huge FAA outage

January 11, 2023 — WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration says air traffic operations are gradually resuming across the U.S. after a critical overnight system outage. The agency had ordered all domestic departures to pause until 9 a.m. Eastern Wednesday morning, causing a nationwide ripple effect of flight delays and cancellations.

Why Do Some Airplane Seats Not Line Up With Windows? It Just May Be the Wi-Fi

December 16, 2022 — If you’ve flown in recent years, you may have noticed that sometimes your window seat doesn’t really have a window next to it—at least not an entire window. But it wasn’t always that way. Here’s why airplane seats don’t line up with windows anymore.

What’s next after the preliminary NTSB report on the Dallas air show disaster?

December 1, 2022 — One central question is what the pilot of the P-63 was able to see outside of the cockpit. Pilots have previously flagged visibility issues with the World War II-era fighter.

Investigators search for answers in deadly Dallas air show midair collision

November 14, 2022 — Flight safety experts say human error was likely a factor, but it’s unclear whether planners or pilots were the cause of the crash that killed six.

Capt. Richard J. Levy Discusses The Aviation Industry

August 22, 2022 — Cpt. Richard J. Levy speaks about his experiences as a pilot and provides insights regarding the aviation industry on Morning TALK Live with J. Stan McCauley.

5G Rollout Delayed Due To Airlines’ Concerns

January 18, 2022 — Verizon and AT&T have agreed to delay the rollout of 5G deployment near some airports. This comes after airline executives had warned of “catastrophic disruption” to travel, beginning Wednesday.


November 25, 2021 — On October 23, 2020, Lt. Rhiannon Ross and US Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett lost their lives in a Navy training exercise in Magnolia Springs Subdivision. One year later, Cpt. Richard J. Levy, an aviation expert and a retired pilot with 41 years of experience under his belt, provides a possible explanation on what may have caused the crash.


September 15, 2021 — Spirit Airlines Flight 334 suffered mechanical issues that led to the pilots aborting takeoff. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. Retired pilot Cpt. Richard J. Levy offers an insight on how the pilots addressed and managed the situation.