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I'm A Pilot, And No, I'm Not Afraid To Go To Work Today

Posted 03.26.2015 | Travel

This week's Germanwings Airbus crash -- and recent reports that the co-pilot may have crashed the plane deliberately -- have left travelers questioning the security of air travel. How can you get on a plane when incidents like this seem ever-increasing? As long-time pilot Patrick Smith explains, he's not afraid to get back in the cockpit, even in the wake of disaster. Here is his response, excerpted from his blog Ask the Pilot:

A Pilot's Views On Flight Safety

travel.nytimes.com | Posted 09.17.2013 | Travel

As details emerge from the investigation into what went wrong aboard Asiana Flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6...

In Defense Of Flight Attendants

Helen Davey | Posted 05.12.2013 | Travel
Helen Davey

Please, TSA, re-consider this new policy that was put in place without consulting airline employees. It can have far-reaching and very damaging emotional effects.

Government Has Our Back -- And We Should Be Thankful

Allan Brawley | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business
Allan Brawley

Those who rant against Big Government interference in the supposedly free market workings of the capitalist system are either delusional or cynically self-serving.

7 Dead In Alabama Plane Crash

AP | Posted 09.09.2011 | Home

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. — A small plane crashed in Alabama after one of its engines failed, killing a family of seven onboard, authorities said Sunday. ...

A Ride in the Cockpit of an Airbus A318

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.18.2011 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The flakes have mushroomed into a blizzard. We reach 'decision' speed (where there is not enough runway left to stop) and this is the second that Cavender tells me that our number two engine is out.

In Lockdown at Newark Airport

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I'm sitting at Newark airport waiting for my entire family to disembark. The entire terminal is being cleared out, and all because one guy walked backward through an exit. This is the level of farce that passes for airport security here.

Rule For New Planes Means More Airbags

NPR | By Adam Hochberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

AmSafe is supplying the product to most major U.S. airlines to help comply with a new government crash standard. The rule has been phased in slowly ov...

Northwest Pilots' Licenses Are Revoked By FAA

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday revoked the licenses of the two Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot their Minneap...

Northwest Pilots Who Overshot Minneapolis Airport Were Working On Laptops

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Not sleeping, the pilots say. They were engrossed in a complicated new crew-scheduling program on their laptop computers as their p...