One of my earliest memories as a kid on an airplane is poking in to say hi to the pilots while flying. Obviously, that doesn’t happen anymore, so just sit in with them through this video to see what it’s like to be inside the cockpit of an Airbus A320 flying across Europe. The views are stunning and all that flying…
There's an old pilot joke about cockpit automation that says the ideal flight crew is a pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog, and the dog is there to bite the pilot if he touches anything. Getting closer to that reality, NASA is studying flying airliners with only one pilot, and I don't like the idea.…
If you've ever asked a pilot about his or her landing, or had the nerve to actually judge it yourself, you were probably given this response: "A good landing is one that you can walk away from." Well, one Connecticut pilot is now fortunate enough to have survived two such "good landings."
For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to fly a plane. I've flown simulators for the 787 Dreamliner and the F-35 Lightning II, but I longed to actually control one — in the air, with my own hands. On Friday, I finally got that chance.
Not long ago Lockheed Martin posted on its Instagram account the most badass aviation photograph ever. Just look at it:
A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Brussels last Friday lost almost 5,000 feet in altitude as the captain slept during a scheduled rest period, and the first officer used her tablet computer.
At the DefCon security conference this weekend in Las Vegas, cyber security professionals shot down the notion that a plane could be overtaken by someone hacking into the controls through the network within the cabin of the aircraft. However, other concerns remain.
A Delta Air Lines pilot was obviously having a bad day as he communicating with Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson ATC. The pilot in command on Delta 2422 did not take well to the suggestion that he was on the wrong taxiway, and lashed out art the controller for having a bad attitude.
Matt Guthmiller's Twitter profile reads like an impressive résumé. "Entrepreneur. Software Engineer. Pilot. MIT... Youngest person to fly solo around the world." Matt earned that title last week, upon safely landing his Beehcraft A36 Bonanza in San Diego — with nowhere near the fanfare he deserved.
After the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 on Thursday, and amid the wall-to-wall news coverage, I began to wonder about something we don't typically see on the news — How do these incidents affect pilots? I reached out to my pilot friend, Mike to find out.
Airbus has received a U.S. Patent that could literally reshape the way planes are flown. The design will be like flying a drone, but the pilots still be on the plane, looking at a digitally displayed real-time image rather than through traditional cockpit windows.
A couple of weeks ago, my pilot friend, Mike* answered some questions for us about life as a pilot. The response was so huge that I asked him to answer some more for us, and he obliged. This time, we learn about unruly passengers, white-knuckle flying, and unions.http://flightclub.jalopnik.com/do-pilots-hook…
Last week, we received a huge response from readers when we posed the question of whether or not pilots hop in bed with flight attendants regularly while flying together. My friend, Pilot Mike said he'd never really witnessed it, but many of you replied and said otherwise. Let's look at some of your responses. …
My friend Mike* is a First Officer at a regional airline here in the U.S. He's graciously agreed to answer some questions exclusively for Flight Club about being a pilot, as well as addressing some of the rumors that we hear as travelers about everything from sex to slowing your plane down on purpose.
Amidst the Google Glass backlash, two pilots at Adventia European College of Aeronautics in Spain set an aviation milestone as they wore Google Glass in the cockpit for the first time using special tools that demonstrate the potential benefits of using the devices while flying an aircraft.
It's not unusual for airline pilots to receive notes or drawings from their youngest passengers. But on Sunday, WestJet Airlines Captain Carey Smith Steacy received a sexist note, scrawled on a napkin from an adult male. Steacy responded by posting the note to Facebook, along with her own brilliant reply.
WikiLeaks cables reveal the crew of an American Airlines jet was detained in Venezuela in 2008 after making a minor joke over the plane's PA about President Hugo Chavez, forcing American to fly the plane empty to get them home.
Following the refusal of ExpressJet pilot Michael Roberts to submit to imaging or a pat-down, pilots' unions have asked the Transportation Security Administration for changes, with little luck. One pilot says agressive pat-downs kept him grounded. — Ed.
Nothing says welcome to New York City like a wing vomiting sparks as your airplane touches down at night. Just minutes before this video, the pilot radioed the news to JFK's air traffic control: "The right gear is stuck up."