Karen Siu

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Basic math for pilots: does it still matter?

I was on a trip a few weeks ago with a “flow-through” first officer who had been on line with the mainline company for only two months. For the past …

11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Airplanes

Planes have changed a lot since the days of the Wright Brothers (or, perhaps more accurately, Brazilian inventor Alberto Santos). Those first …

5 Buttons You Hope Your Pilot Never Has to Push

An estimated 25% of all Americans suffer from aviophobia, otherwise known as a fear of flying. And while we know air travel is abundantly safe, there …

The Plane Every Pilot Trains On, and the Factory That Makes Them

60 Years of Flight<p><b>Editor’s Note:</b> This post is part two of a three-part series about learning to fly by Mike Arnot, founder of men’s design brand …

Everything Explained: Weight and Balance

<b>Empty Weight</b> Empty weight is defined as the total weight of an aircraft including all fixed ballast, unusable fuel, undrainable oil, total quantity …

I Learned About Flying from That: Communication Breakdown

I suspect that the majority of professional pilots encounters their most interesting jobs early in their careers: places where the pay is rotten, the …

North Dakota

How And Why Do Planes Dump Fuel? | Blog

air show<p>Modern Airliners dump fuel in the face of emergencies. So, is fuel dumping safe? Is it the only way to stay aloft? Why do airliners need to …

Aviation

Two times I didn't die in an airplane - but came close

Case #1<p>I was 18 when I was training for the private pilot rating, and it was 1964. I was a pretty good student and followed the recommendations – …

Student pilot was learning to recover from aerodynamic spins when plane crashed into Larimer County reservoir, killing 2

A student pilot was learning to enter and recover from aerodynamic spins when a plane carrying him and a flight instructor plummeted into a Larimer …

4 brain exercises elite athletes use to build mental strength

As many viewers declared the game over, Brady led the Patriots in one of the best come-from-behind victories of all time.<p>So what's the secret to Brady's success? Although he undoubtedly puts in countless hours of practice on the field, he also reports doing brain exercises to sharpen his …

Most Airport Noise Complaints Come From a Handful of Cranks

The vast majority of airport-noise complaints come from only a few affected households—and some that aren’t affected at all.<p>Anyone who hates noise would be crazy to live near an airport, right? You’d think so, but some people chose homes close to airports <i>and</i> choose to complain about the noise. It’s …

Flying

How A Cessna 172 On Short Final Hit A Car

What leads a Cessna 172 Skyhawk on short final to impacting an SUV? The answer might not be as simple as you think.<p>Millions of errors are committed …

Cessna

Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster

We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?<p>When a sleepy Marc Dubois walked into the cockpit of his own aeroplane, he was confronted with a scene of confusion. The plane was …

Carnegie Mellon University

Airplane Art – Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400

It’s Sunday still, and it must be time for some more airplane art.This week resting between duties at Hong Kong International Airport is a Cathay …

Hong Kong

Clear skies ahead: how improving the language of aviation could save lives

The most dangerous part of flying is driving to the airport.<p>That’s a standard joke among pilots, who know even better than the flying public that …

The Smartest Ways You Can Answer Dumb Interview Questions

Sometimes the questions may be stupid but the answers can be smart.<p>If you've ever sat through a job interview, chances are you've wished for smart answers to the dumb questions that always seem to be asked.<p>One of the things I work on when I consult with clients is knowing how to reframe a question …

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5 Deadly Mistakes Even The Most Experienced Pilots Make

As pilots, most of us have made one or more of these mistakes... Here are some reasons why you won't make those same mistakes again:<p>1) Ignoring …

San Francisco

Doomed AirAsia plane flew 78 times between Perth and Bali with fault for 12 months

An Indonesia AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea in 2014, killing all on board, made 78 trips between Perth and Bali with a mechanical fault …

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United States

The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today

In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A. certified and inspections have no teeth.<p>Not long ago I was waiting for a domestic flight in a departure lounge at one of the crumbling …

Aviation

Updates on the 1st 727’s Last Flight + Interior Photo Tour

The first Boeing 727 sitting at Paine FieldBack in August, we connected with some of the fine folks that have been working to prepare the first …

Engines

Here's when fatal airplane accidents happen

Kogalymavia flight 9268 from the Egyptian town of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, killing all 224 people on board.<p>The flight, an Airbus A321 flying under the brand name Metrojet, reportedly broke up in the air.<p>"The destruction happened in …

Ask the Captain: Do you have to see the runway to land in fog?

<b>Question: When an airplane lands in fog on instruments, does the pilot have to be able to see the runway?</b><p><b>— Submitted by reader Carole Hayter, Monterey, Calif.</b><p><b>Answer:</b> It depends on the type of airplane. There are some airplanes that are certified to land when the pilot cannot see the runway until a …

Aviation

Richard Quest: Russian plane crashed at what should have been flight's safest point

<b>London (CNN) —</b> The Russian aircraft that went down Saturday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula crashed in what was the safest part of its flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, Russia.<p>The plane had been in the air for roughly 23 minutes. At this point, a plane is on autopilot. It's reaching its …

Airplanes

The Real Reason Why There's a Tiny Hole in Airplane Windows (Video)

It turns out that itsy bitsy hole in the bottom of your airplane window is actually a very important safety feature. It's all-too-easy to let your …

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How Do Planes Fly?

<i>This guest post was written by Lisa Cusack, a pilot for Aer Lingus.</i><p>So how do planes fly? This was the question asked to me at 16 years of age in a …

Aviation

Air Canada’s first female pilot blazed a trail, but industry still dominated by men

It was one of Judy Cameron’s first media interviews as an Air Canada pilot, and the TV reporter — also a woman — lobbed the 24-year-old a couple of …

Air Canada