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While many travelers tune out safety briefings, pilots understand how important they can be.

Pilots reveal the little details they notice when they fly as passengers that you probably miss

Airline pilots are trained to be attentive when they're on planes, so they will notice details that slip by most passengers.
Pilots have seen some wild things while flying.

10 of the wildest things that pilots have witnessed up in the air

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.
Eugene Burton Ely flies his Curtiss Pusher biplane from the USS Birmingham, in Hampton Roads, Virginia, during the afternoon of November 14, 1910.

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.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a...UFO.

The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating a recently spotted UFO

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.
They visited the Golden Temple.

A pilot from India gave back to his village by taking 22 of its senior citizens on a plane ride

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 need more pilots.

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 at a SpaceX competition for Hyperloop pods in August 2017.

Elon Musk used to fly ‘a Russian fighter jet’ while founding SpaceX and Tesla and raising his kids

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.
Pilots and flight attendants were encouraged to make their transfer requests an "immediate priority."

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.