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…
Don’t read this if you’re about to board an airplane. A new report by the Department of Transportation warns that US pilot training no longer helps airline pilots maintain the ability to fly commercial flights manually, because of the surfeit of autonomous technology inside the cockpit.
Any flab? Any extra skin? Anything that’s remotely loose on your body, it looks like it’s mere seconds from flying away and detaching from the rest of you when you try to withstand 457 mph of wind on your face. Here’s a video showing a test conducted in 1946 where a human subject was exposed to blasts of air that…
This is awesome. Here’s a guy who just passed his 9G centrifuge test, going through four different bouts of 9 G-force (and making funny awesome faces the entire time) and even lasting 10 seconds under 9G’s. High-G training is done to train pilots and astronauts to get them ready to deal with the crazy g-forces you…
A helicopter pilot was goofing off on FaceTime shortly before a fatal crash, according to a lawsuit filed by a surviving passenger.
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.
Not long ago Lockheed Martin posted on its Instagram account the most badass aviation photograph ever. Just look at it:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.