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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 07.08.2015 | 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 07.01.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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...

A Nuclear Weapon Is Detonated Nearby... What Are Passenger Planes Supposed To Do?

Quora | Posted 05.20.2015 | Weird News
Quora

What would I do in this circumstance? Cruising along at 34,000', checking the weather in Los Angeles, sipping on a club soda, and on the horizon, a new sun grows out of the desert, all the nearby air and dust fleeing before it? Easy. I'd freak -- the hell -- out.

Pilot Traces Penis Outlines In Sky Over Florida

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.13.2015 | Travel

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … kids, cover your eyes. An apparently bored pilot livened up the skies of central Florida on Thursday, usi...

The Truth Behind Fighter Pilot Passing Floating Snickers

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.07.2015 | Weird News

A mysterious video of a pilot floating a Snickers bar to a copilot in a fighter jet piqued Internet curiosity over the past few days. The unlisted You...

Melding the Overt With the Covert in Drone Warfare

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

More than a decade of intense experience with drones teaches us at least one salient lesson: our robot warriors make war in the usual sense of the term, but in another way as well. They are not a military solution to a problem, but a significant part of that problem.

Are Pilots Deserting Washington's Remote-Control War?

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

The U.S. drone war is in crisis and not because civilians are dying. Back in the United States, a combination of lower-class status in the military, overwork, and psychological trauma appears to be taking its mental toll on drone pilots.

What Happens When a Fighter Pilot Has Diarrhea in the Cockpit?

Quora | Posted 05.03.2015 | Weird News
Quora

HOLY S--T! Sorry for the outburst, but this is the pilot's greatest fear. Even beyond enemy aces, missile batteries, or parachuting into a sea of sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

God Bless the Night Shift

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

And especially for all those who risk their lives at night to keep us safe, warm and comfortable, we should all say a special thanks and prayer for safety. Because being up all night is interesting, and sometimes profitable. But it's almost never preferable. And I speak from experience.

What Are the Most Dangerous Places for Commercial Airliners to Fly Through?

Quora | Posted 02.04.2015 | Travel
Quora

"Dangerous" airspace is made so by a lack of awareness regarding whatever adverse conditions exist within it, or by responding inappropriately to known negatives at play.

Higher Learning: A Pilot's Journey Begins

Christine Hannon | Posted 01.25.2015 | Travel
Christine Hannon

Flying is soaring between Heaven and Earth with a very real sense of mortality and responsibility. It is a balance of forces to create lift and a balance of focus to maintain attitudes. For the pilot governed by Visual Flight Rules, 20 percent of one's focus is on the instruments while 80 percent looks outside at what God created.

Hawaiian Weapons in Battle for Market Share; Seaweed and Ukulele Charm

Christine Negroni | Posted 01.05.2015 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Hawaiian comfort food like Spam Musubi is part of the differentiation and it doesn't stop there. The marketing plan may have started out with the airline wanting to give slices of the Hawaiian life to travelers, but the locals wanted to make their own cultural contribution.

Twin WWII Pilots Celebrate 92nd Birthdays With Bird's Eye View

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.06.2014 | Good News

These nonagenarians know how to celebrate in style. Twin brothers Dewey and Earl Robertson of Roanoke, Virginia, shared their passion for flight a...

Ever Wondered What It's Like to be a Private Pilot?

Quora | Posted 11.12.2014 | Travel
Quora

If you have the cash, and you're capable of committing to the training schedule without losing interest partway through, then that's all you need. There's no need for "born talent," or anything like that. All you need is money and dedication.

Iraq's Air Force

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Where is the Iraqi Air Force? What does the Iraqi Air Force consist of? How many attack helicopters and attack fighters does it have in flyable condition? Most importantly, how many trained pilots does it have who can fly combat missions?

Unfit for Publication: How USA Today Got Everything Wrong

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Media
Jeff Schweitzer

USA Today splashed across its June 18, 2014, front page the breathless headline, "Unfit for Flight" to dramatize the deadly enterprise of flying general aviation aircraft (small airplanes). There is only one problem: Nearly every inference about aviation in the article is wrong.

5 First Impressions of TV Shows We Forgot to Watch

Hulu.com | Posted 08.16.2014 | Entertainment
Hulu.com

In order to steady our shaky remote finger until the fall, we've decided to go deep into the archives and take a look at some of the supposedly great, albeit now canceled, shows that we let slip through the cracks (even if it was 20 years ago).

Cerberus Loots Bankrupt Airline's Health Care Account

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

We don't know how much was in that account. We do know it barely amounted to pocket change for Cerberus, which stands to profit handsomely from the wind-down of World Airways and the sale of assets from a sister airline.