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Scotland Busts 2 United Pilots, Says They Were Drunk

Which delayed a flight from Glasgow to Newark

(Newser) - Police and airline officials say two United Airlines pilots have been arrested for suspected intoxication before they were to fly 141 passengers from Scotland to the United States, reports the AP . United Airlines officials have confirmed Saturday's arrest of the pilots, aged 45 and 35, at Glasgow Airport. The... More »

Flight Crew Narcs on Allegedly Drunk Pilots

The Canadian pilots face up to 2 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Two allegedly drunk Canadian pilots were arrested Monday at Glasgow Airport just before taking to the skies with hundreds of passengers in tow, Glasgow Live reports. According to CBC , the flight crew noticed there was something off about the pilots and went to authorities. "We saw five policemen get... More »

Your Pilot May Not Remember How to Fly a Plane

Feds warn about skills fading away as automation takes over

(Newser) - Where's Ted Striker when you need him? Probably not at the helm of a commercial flight, according to a new Department of Transportation report . It finds that automation has driven manual flying mostly out of the cockpit, leading to concerns that pilots may not be getting enough training to... More »

Heads Roll After Pilots Let Playmate Fly a Plane

Surprise: Both pilots are now out of a job

(Newser) - Two pilots for Argentine carrier Austral Lineas Aereas are out of a job after they acted a little too generously with a passenger who just so happened to be a Playboy model. Victoria Xipolitakis tweeted photos, since removed, showing her sandwiched between pilots Patricio Zocchi Molina, 33, and Federico Matias... More »

Yes, We Still Need Pilots in the Cockpit

Opinion piece: It's a 'stubborn myth' that planes fly themselves

(Newser) - The Germanwings crash has renewed a familiar argument that goes something like this: Planes pretty much fly themselves these days, so let's make them fully automated and much safer by removing humans from the cockpit. Well, that's nuts, writes Patrick Smith in the New York Times . Smith is... More »

Woman's Letter to Plane's Pilots Goes Viral

'Thank you for taking me home. Thank you for doing so safely.'

(Newser) - Jai Dillon's Twitter bio describes him as an "airline pilot operating the B737 soon to be operating the A320." So it's not overly surprising that he'd tweet something a fellow pilot passed along. Except in this instance, and in the context of the Germanwings crash... More »

One Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash

In audio, he's heard trying to smash down the door

(Newser) - A seemingly dramatic turn in the investigation of the Germanwings plane crash : Audio reveals that one pilot was locked out of the cockpit before the plane went down and tried desperately to get back inside, reports the New York Times . The other pilot never opened the door, for reasons that... More »

Pilots May Have to Fly Jetliners All Alone

NASA funds study to consider historic change

(Newser) - Imagine peeking into a jetliner cockpit and seeing a single pilot in there, responsible for flying all of those people. Well, NASA wants to seriously consider that option with a new $4 million study, the Wall Street Journal reports. Contract winner Rockwell Collins Inc. will look at whether a second... More »

JetBlue Pilots to Unionize

They had rejected the move twice before

(Newser) - The National Mediation Board said today that pilots at JetBlue voted overwhelmingly to unionize, reversing two earlier votes. The pilots will join the Air Line Pilots Association. Of the 96% of pilots eligible to vote, the association said 71% voted to unionize. JetBlue has more than 2,500 pilots. Both... More »

Latest Theory Puts Renewed Focus on Pilots

But no red flags emerge about lives of Malaysian pair

(Newser) - The new theory that the missing Malaysia jet was deliberately flown for hundreds of miles off its intended course is putting new scrutiny on the plane's two pilots. Malaysian authorities say they are at least examining the possibility that one or both might have been involved in whatever happened,... More »

Pilot Shortage Hits, and It's Worse Than Predicted

And it has regional airlines canceling flights

(Newser) - Reports have long warned that America's airlines were on the verge of a pilot shortage, but the Wall Street Journal proclaims that it has arrived "sooner and more severely than expected." Regional carriers are canceling flights—last week, for example, Great Lakes Aviation said that "due... More »

What It's Like to Pilot a Drone

Heather Linebaugh says she was always afraid she'd killed the wrong people

(Newser) - When politicians and military officials make the US and British drone programs sound like an expert, high-precision affair, Heather Linebaugh has the urge to ask some questions. Like: Why do they feel the need to deliver false , limited , or misleading statistics about civilian casualties? "How many women and children... More »

Pilots Have Become Too Reliant on Computers

Robert Mark: Asiana crash proves the point

(Newser) - Computers do pretty much everything these days when it comes to flying planes, all but reducing the role of airline pilot to "systems monitor," writes Robert Mark at CNN . This is a dangerous trend, he argues, as this week's public hearings into the July crash of an... More »

Teen Begins Quest for Solo Flight Record

Australian Ryan Campbell, 19, is flying around the world

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Australian aims to become the youngest person to go solo around the world and could break a world record set just a month ago by a 21-year-old Californian. Ryan Campbell left Wollongong, Australia, on June 30 and wants to finish his trip by Sept. 7. He took off... More »

Drone Pilots Get Same Stress as Combat Pilots

Pentagon study sees evidence PTSD, even from afar

(Newser) - This won't go over well with vets who think drone pilots don't deserve the same kind of medal as war-zone troops: A Pentagon study finds that those who operate drones from afar suffer combat-related stress at the same rate as pilots who fly into battle themselves, reports the... More »

Hidden Danger Aboard Planes: Lithium Batteries

Shipments suspected in 2 jet crashes

(Newser) - The new year brings new shipping standards for lithium batteries—and though they're designed to improve safety, the new rules may not be enough to protect us. The Wall Street Journal explains that the batteries can "spontaneously ignite" if they're damaged or overheated, which is exactly what... More »

Huge Airline Pilot Shortage Looms

Hiring crisis expected to be worst in 50 years

(Newser) - America's airlines are going to run out of pilot to fly their planes very soon unless action is taken, experts warn. More than half of American pilots are over 50 and there are not going to be enough qualified candidates to replace the thousands of pilots who will reach... More »

Jets Scramble After Planes Violate UN Airspace

Incident occurred around the time of Obama's speech

(Newser) - Two fighter jets scrambled today after two small aircraft violated airspace restrictions in place for the UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders close to the time President Obama was speaking. North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman John Cornelio said the F-22s intercepted the small planes during two separate incidents... More »

India Checking All Pilots' Licenses After Finding Fakes

At least four found to be using fake documents

(Newser) - Indian authorities have begun checking the licenses of all 4,000 commercial airline pilots in the country after at least four were found to be flying using fake documents, a top civil aviation official says. Two pilots were arrested last week for using fake certificates to gain licenses, including a... More »

Pilots Get to Skip TSA Checks

The rest of you? Not so lucky

(Newser) - Pilots can now pass through airport security with their dignity and privacy intact: The TSA has agreed to let on-duty, uniformed pilots skip the full-body scans and too-close-for-comfort pat-downs that are enraging passengers across the country, reports the Washington Post. The rest of you: Don't hold your breath for a... More »

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