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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)....

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 07.08.2015 | 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.