Pilots

The most heroic airline pilots of all time

A China Eastern Airlines pilot has been labelled a hero, and presented with a cash reward, after his quick thinking avoided a runway collision that could have killed up to 439 people. According to Chinese media, the pilot, named He Chao, was at the helm of an Airbus A320-200, preparing to take off from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. As his …


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American Airlines flight attendant: ‘We count your drinks, it’s obvious when you’re drunk’

EVERYONE knows that famous flight scene in Bridemaids where Kristen Wiig’s character has a few too many shandies. It’s easily done when you’re cramped in a small space for many hours, with limited options to keep you entertained. An anonymous American Airlines flight attendant has revealed how cabin crew keep in-flight boozing under control. “When you think about it, being …


30 Pilots And Flight Attendants Confess The Best Kept Secrets You Don’t Know About Flying

I’ll answer the ones I know for sure, from 30 Pilots And Flight Attendants Confess The Best Kept Secrets You Don’t Know About Flying. The truth behind turning off electronics. True. The FAA and FCC have known for a while that modern electronic equipment poses no real threat to aircraft. The laws remain for bureaucratic reasons and to dissuade people …

Do Pilots Hook Up With Flight Attendants? An Airline Pilot Answers

By – Paul Thompson:- 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. Is it true that …

10 All-Time Great Pilots

By Patricia Trenner for AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE WHEN WE ASSEMBLED THE FOLLOWING LISTS OF GREAT PILOTS (and the list of milestone flights that follows), we faced the same dilemma that Von Hardesty, a National Air and Space Museum aeronautics curator, faced as author of Great Aviators and Epic Flights (Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 2003). “If you mention Jean Mermoz,” Hardesty …

Pilot opens restaurant that replicates in-flight experience on the ground

BY NORBAITI PHAHARORADZI – JOHOR BARU: If you have always enjoyed your in-flight dining experience, you can now replicate it without leaving the ground at the Dream Liner Airway Café. Its owner Jonathan Lee, 23, who is himself a pilot, said he had dreamt of setting up such a restaurant for many years. “I had looked for ideas on how to turn …

10 airline secrets direct from the pilot

1. The Airline Business makes very little profits. Over decades of business, the average airline makes very little money on their investment. Many have been through multiple bankruptcies, government bailouts and financial loss. Only the CEO at the airline is rich and they are usually hated people anyway. The crew get peanuts. Tonight we will sleep at the Happy Holiday …

The Military’s Biggest Helicopters May Be the Most Dangerous for Pilots and Passengers

At 99 feet long, the MH-53E Sea Dragon is the largest helicopter in the United States military. But a new report by Bloomberg shows that it might also be the most unsafe to fly, hindered by faulty design and increasing mechanical failures. The Sea Dragon suffers “6.35 major failures per 100,000 flight hours” according the report, which is about three …

Do Pilots Hook Up With Flight Attendants? An Airline Pilot Answers

By – Paul Thompson:- 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. Is it true that …