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Airline pilots are trained to be attentive when they're on planes, so they will notice details that slip by most passengers.
Pilots get a unique viewpoint mid-air, and some have seen wild things. Here are some of the coolest things they have seen from the air.
An Air India pilot failed two breathalyzer tests before trying to fly a plane, but he denies he was drunk after being fired
An Air India pilot and director of operations for the airline was fired after twice failing a breathalyzer test.
108 years ago on Wednesday, the Navy launched a plane from a ship for the first time and changed naval aviation forever
Eugene Ely's biplane successfully took off from the USS Birmingham on November 14, 1910, narrowly escaping a collision with the water.
On Friday, a pilot was completing a routine flight over the Irish coast when she saw a fast-moving bright object. It has yet to be identified.
After he became a pilot, Vikas Jyani made sure that 22 residents from his village — ages 70 and up — got to experience the magic of flying. The group traveled from from New Delhi to Amritsar and Golden Temple to the Wagah Border.
Passengers on a United flight saw their pilot taking a nap in the cabin — here’s why that’s not a big deal
Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Newark to Glasgow, Scotland said they saw their pilot napping in the cabin during the flight. Despite photos and a Scottish newspaper story going viral, this is actually standard practice. On longer flights, pilots take federally mandated crew rests.
Airlines are ‘desperate’ for new pilots, and the shortage is contributing to canceled routes that are taking a toll on smaller cities
Airlines are facing an increasing pilot shortage. That's largely because fewer young people are interested in the industry and training requirements have changed. As a result, some smaller carriers have had to cancel flights and routes, leading smaller cities to lose many travel options.
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla, used to fly a high-performance military jet the early days of SpaceX and Tesla. He flew his Aero L-39 Albatros, which Russian military fighter jet pilots train in, upside-down and at "tree top level" over mountains.
Ryanair warns more than 300 pilots and flight crew members to move to Poland or risk losing their jobs
Ryanair, an Irish, ultra-low cost carrier, has been struggling with staffing issues as Dublin-based pilots and flight crew strike for better benefits and pay. On Wednesday, the company advised employees to move to Poland to avoid being laid off.