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Why Drones May Save Aviation

Andrew Schmertz | Posted 07.18.2016 | Business
Andrew Schmertz

A friend allowed me to fly his new drone this weekend along a quiet area of the beaches in the Bronx, New York. He came prepared: He checked the new...

Celebrate Capt. Jeff Kuss, he exhibited the best in all of us

Bill Douglas | Posted 06.06.2016 | HuffPost Home
Bill Douglas

"Continue to work towards that goal with a positive attitude and hard work, I'm telling you, you can make whatever you want happen in your life," ~ Ca...

NASA Is the Earth's Protector, Take 2

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 06.03.2016 | Science
Alan W. Silberberg

A few days ago I was a guest of NASA at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center which is located on the grounds of Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert.

Pumping Milk at 40,000 Feet: Four Women Pilots Are Navigating a Course toward Fairness

Joan Williams | Posted 06.30.2016 | Women
Joan Williams

Women who work in roles traditionally held by men often face stereotypes and unfair treatment on the job. This was certainly true for four Frontier Airlines pilots who filed complaints yesterday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after Frontier denied their right to accommodations for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What Flying Taught Me About Commercial Real Estate Investing

Michael Episcope | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
Michael Episcope

Prior to cofounding Origin Investments, I was a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. My greatest strength was being able to set aside my emotions. I never carried large positions overnight, and I never had an opinion about where the market was going, until one day I did.

United Makes Peace by Reinstating Fired Crew, Qatar Not So Much

Christine Negroni | Posted 03.11.2016 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Two stories with big consequences for the participants and lessons for the rest of us were in the news this week. After years of fighting their firing...

How Airline Pilots Lost the Basic Skills

Richie Davidson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Travel
Richie Davidson

Many pilots struggle to perform the most basic and critical maneuver, a stall recovery, and the FAA is seeking to understand why. Sadly, the answer lies with the FAA itself.

JetBlue's Creative Solution to the Pilot and Diversity Shortage

Andrew Schmertz | Posted 03.08.2016 | Business
Andrew Schmertz

The shaky career path commercial pilots have been offered has lead to a collapse in the number of young people going into the profession. But JetBlue is looking to change all of that.

How do fighter pilots handle blacking out due to high-g maneuvers?

Quora | Posted 02.25.2016 | Science
Quora

Sometimes you wake up, sometimes you don't. It can take several seconds to regain full function. If the aircraft is not far enough away from the ground when the lone pilot comes around, all his worries are over. It's likely the same outcome if you start napping in the middle of a fight.

The Drone Invasion

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.

Congress Is About to Screw Up the Safest Aviation System in the World

Andrew Schmertz | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Andrew Schmertz

We must address -- today -- how air traffic control will move into the 21st century, how we are going to recruit people to become pilots amidst a national pilot shortage and how we can jump start our aircraft manufacturing industry.

How Little-Known WWII Female Pilots Laid the Groundwork for US Military Reform

Elizabeth Kissam | Posted 01.25.2016 | Women
Elizabeth Kissam

U.S. military combat roles are open to women, announced Defense Secretary Ashton Carter just last month. Getting here hasn't been easy. Over 70 years ago, women flew military planes for the first time.

The Best Airports In The World According To An Airline Pilot

Quora | Posted 01.13.2016 | Travel
Quora

What is the best airport in the world? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people ...

Pilot Combats Boredom With Hilarious Beach Boys Spoof

The Huffington Post | Samantha Guff | Posted 11.21.2015 | Travel

Ah, to be an airplane pilot. Sounds exciting, right? Not always, apparently. Turns out there is a lot of sitting around ('round, 'round). YouTuber and...

Hayden and the Inflight Gas Leak

Steve Rhode | Posted 10.20.2015 | Good News
Steve Rhode

This story will put a big smile on your face and it's the perfect read if you are having a stressful day. Hayden was great passenger with us on a recent Pilot.dog flight and we flew him to his new forever home. He's just a big puppy and it's hard to keep that in mind since he's still so young.

Pilot in Command: Remembering an Aviator Who Changed the World

Sabra Gertsch | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Sabra Gertsch

He believed the B-47 Stratojet was the most elegant machine he'd ever seen and insisted it was the crown jewel of the jet age. His fearless acrobatics trained the large jet to toss a nuclear bomb, and he logged more hours flying that swept-wing wonder than any other Boeing test pilot.

Is It Hard to Land on a Carrier That Is Bobbing on the Sea?

Quora | Posted 08.14.2015 | Travel
Quora

Of course, there are different levels of deck motion, and it seems like it should just keep getting a little tougher with each foot of displacement. This isn't the case.

(Sorta) Relaxing at 35,000 Feet

2BoomerBabes | Posted 07.31.2015 | Travel
2BoomerBabes

Do you suffer from aerophobia....in other words the fear of flying? It's quite common, despite the stats showing that flying is much safer than car or train travel.

Aviation's Poisoned Air: Aerotoxic Syndrome

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I have never been a great airplane passenger. I prefer to be on the ground. Now that I have learned about Aerotoxic Syndrome, a heath issue not in the public domain, I have a new concern.

Is It Getting Easier or More Difficult to Fly a Fighter Jet?

Quora | Posted 07.08.2016 | Technology
Quora

From one point of view, it's getting harder to fly fighter jets because there are fewer around and the requirements to even climb in to one are remarkably high. I'm very glad I didn't have this kind of competition for so few slots. Let's move on to the other aspect.

The Real Dangers Of Flying, According To A Pilot

Supercompressor | Posted 07.01.2016 | Travel
Supercompressor

Turns out there are a few. Hoooraaaaay.

An Airline Pilot Shares Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Flying

Travel + Leisure | Posted 06.15.2016 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Mark Vanhoenacker has been a pilot with British Airways for the last 12 years. From the truth about turbulence to what fireworks look like from a plane, here are 12 eye-opening stories from behind the scenes.

Germanwings Flight 9525: A Psychotherapist Questions Germany's Medical Privacy Laws and International Airline Regulations

Nell Kathleen Gibbon | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Nell Kathleen Gibbon

I hope this tragedy fuels more public awareness that we all need to know the signs and symptoms of someone who is having a psychiatric emergency.

After Germanwings Crash, Pilots Offer Hugs And Emotional Speeches To Ease Passengers' Fears

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.03.2015 | Good News

After a tragic plane crash last month, pilots are taking extra measures to make their passengers feel safe in the sky. The day after the loss of G...

Passenger's Uplifting Thank-You Note To Pilot Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.01.2015 | Good News

It never hurts to say "thank you." Bethanie, an appreciative flyer who splits her time between Spain and England, apparently knows this better than...