A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters

We're still trying to understand the horrific Germanwings tragedy. But already, some people are suggesting it could have been prevented if a computer had been flying the plane. But that's not the solution. We spoke to an expert about why an A.I. pilot would open up an entirely new set of risks and complications. » 3/27/15 3:00pm Friday 3:00pm

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How Do Airline Pilots Respond After A Crash?

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. » 7/19/14 1:39pm 7/19/14 1:39pm

This Is What It Looks Like To Fly A Plane With Google Glass

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. » 3/27/14 10:57am 3/27/14 10:57am

The World's Largest Solar Plant Is Blinding Pilots

We probably should have seen this coming. At the Ivanpah solar power plant near Las Vegas, a massive glittering field of 170,000 garage door-sized mirrors reflects sunlight. And all those mirrors are making flying near Ivanpah not so fun—or safe. » 3/13/14 4:40pm 3/13/14 4:40pm

July's San Francisco Airplane Crash Caused By Computer Inexperience

Back in July, Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board has explained that the accident occurred because the pilot didn't understand the plane's computerized auto-throttle system. » 12/12/13 4:20am 12/12/13 4:20am

What and How Do U-2 Spy Plane Pilots Eat During Their 12 Hour Missions?

Here's a fascinating look at what and how the USAF's finest pilots eat while flying America's favorite spy plane: the A-12. Second only to the A-12 Oxcart and its brother, the SR-71 BlackBird, being a A-12 pilot is an extremely physically demanding job, often requiring 12 hours of flying. » 2/07/13 3:03pm 2/07/13 3:03pm

FAA Wants Pilots to Stop Playing With Gadgets in the Cockpit

The FAA wants to put a rule on the books that would prohibit pilots from playing with personal electronics in the cockpit. Wait, that wasn't a rule already? Apparently not. » 1/15/13 10:56am 1/15/13 10:56am

iPads to Replace Paper Reference Manuals in All AA Cockpits

The FAA has approved American Airlines to be the first commercial airline to have its pilots use iPads in "all phases of flight," rather than the 35lb paper reference manuals they're used to. » 9/11/12 1:00am 9/11/12 1:00am

Flying the F-35 Is So Easy That It Feels Like Magic

Some of its pilots claim that the F-35 Lightning II is so easy to fly that it feels "like magic." Reading their words, I thought they were talking about a video game instead of one of the most advanced war machines ever created. » 7/10/12 4:40pm 7/10/12 4:40pm

How Does a Plane Crash Into a Light Pole?

Everyone who drives a car eventually comes into close encounter with a light pole. Backing up, trying to parallel park, hey, it happens to all of us. And that's totally okay. What's NOT okay is if you're a pilot and you crash your freaking plane into a light pole. How does that even happen? » 1/30/12 6:20pm 1/30/12 6:20pm

The Desperate, Terrifying Last Words of the Crashed Air France Flight…

On June 2009, an Air France Airbus 330 crashed in the Atlantic Ocean killing 228 people. According to an investigation, it was a pilot's mistake. This is a recording of the conversation between the Captain and the Junior Pilot, just before crashing. » 8/08/11 6:29pm 8/08/11 6:29pm

Air India Pilots Caught Flying With Newspaper-Covered Windows

Air India may have a bad reputation for poor customer service and delayed flights, but what were its pilots thinking when they blocked the sun by covering the cockpit windows with newspaper? » 5/26/11 12:47am 5/26/11 12:47am

Watch This Stunt Pilot Shave a Man With a Helicopter

I don't know how practical it is, strictly speaking, to be able to open beer bottles, balance a glass of water, and shave another man's face with the helicopter you're piloting. But man is it fun to watch. » 5/20/11 9:20pm 5/20/11 9:20pm

Listen to the Pilot Who Joked Through an Emergency Landing

Jason Maloney is the 24-year-old pilot who had to land his single-engine airplane on Rockaway Beach on Monday night—a frightening ordeal that resulted in no injuries to any of the three people on board. Save your applause, however, as another Captain Sully this guy is most definitely not. » 4/06/11 4:40am 4/06/11 4:40am

iPads in Delta Cockpits—Soon, if Federal Approval is Won

With some charter pilots now using iPad apps in lieu of paper maps, could the larger commercial airlines start relying on iOS to guide the way? Delta could start using the Boeing app before summer, according to their spokesperson. » 3/07/11 4:00am 3/07/11 4:00am

Some Pilots Can Now Use iPad Apps Instead of Paper Maps

Despite all the technological advances made over the years, pilots are still frequently relying on paper maps when it comes to navigation. That's about to change though. » 2/28/11 10:00pm 2/28/11 10:00pm

Playing Chicken With Wind Turbines

What's the point of owning an RC airplane if you're not going to do something totally irresponsible with it? Like, say, playing chicken with a few wind turbines, coming so close that you clip your antenna in the process. [Litter Box via Neatorama] » 2/21/11 8:00pm 2/21/11 8:00pm

Pilot Spilt Coffee Over Cockpit, Which Set Off the Hijack Alarm

They say there's no use crying over spilt milk...but in this case, I think the pilot would be allowed to shed tears over his spilt coffee—the terrified passengers of the United 777, too. [AD via Airliners via Engadget] » 1/05/11 12:40pm 1/05/11 12:40pm

Airline Wants Flight Attendants to Land Planes In Case of Emergency

A low-cost airline wants flight attendants to fly airplanes in case of emergency. The reason: Having two pilots in the cockpit is too expensive. That's great, because I really can't wait to see Steven Slater landing a 747 at JFK. » 9/10/10 11:20am 9/10/10 11:20am