Afghan Pilots Who Sought Safety in Uzbekistan Transfer to U.S. Base

Taliban leaders have been pressuring the Uzbek government to turn over the pilots, who fear for the safety of themselves and their families.

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This Teenager is Aiming to Be The Youngest Woman to Circle the Globe Solo

Zara Rutherford, 19, left Belgium last week and plans to complete her journey by early November. Bad weather may be the biggest obstacle.

#content-type-personal-profile, #pilots, #records-and-achievements, #rutherford-zara, #women-and-girls

A Grizzly Bear Terrorized a Man for Days in Alaska. The Coast Guard Saw His SOS.

Down to his last rounds of ammunition, with bruises and a leg injury, the unidentified man was rescued by a helicopter crew that just happened by.

#alaska, #bears, #helicopters, #pilots, #rescues, #united-states-coast-guard

Pilots Who Landed Boeing 737 in Waters Off Hawaii Are Rescued

The crew members of a cargo plane reported engine trouble early Friday morning, just before they made an emergency landing in the water.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-company, #federal-aviation-administration, #honolulu-hawaii, #maui-hawaii, #pilots, #rescues, #united-states-coast-guard

Biden Selects Sullenberger for Aviation Ambassadorship

Chesley B. Sullenberger III, who gained fame as the pilot who safely landed a plane in the Hudson River, was among President Biden’s long-awaited first slate of ambassadors.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-civil-aviation-organization, #pilots, #sullenberger-chesley-b-iii, #united-nations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Government Report Finds No Evidence U.F.O.s Were Alien Spacecraft

The strange objects witnessed by Navy pilots remain unexplained, but officials briefed on a new study say they are not secret technology from a classified American program.

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‘It’s Not Quite Like Riding a Bike’: Pilots Get Ready to Fly Again

As airlines ramp up service, pilots who have been furloughed or laid off need to be retrained in everything from dealing with the control tower to “volcanic ash” scenarios.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #pilots, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations

A ‘Right Stuff’ for Our Moment of Space Travel

In “Test Gods,” Nicholas Schmidle tells the story of Virgin Galactic’s space program, with a focus on the astronauts who are charting new frontiers.

#books-and-literature, #branson-richard, #pilots, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #schmidle-nicholas, #space-and-astronomy, #test-gods-tragedy-and-triumph-in-the-new-space-race-book, #virgin-galactic

Once Crippled by the Pandemic, Airlines See a Fast Recovery Coming

As demand for tickets recovers, airlines are calling back workers, adding flights and planning for a summer they say could be normal.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #company-reports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delta-air-lines-inc, #flight-attendants, #labor-and-jobs, #pilots, #southwest-airlines-company, #united-airlines, #united-states

Cockpit Recorder From Indonesian Crash Is Finally Recovered

After months of searching, Indonesian officials say they have found the crucial memory unit from Sriwijaya Air Flight 182. Investigators hope it will help explain why the plane crashed in January.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-company, #deaths-fatalities, #engines, #indonesia, #jakarta-indonesia, #pilots, #recording-equipment, #sriwijaya-air, #sriwijaya-air-flight-182

His Plane Crashed in the Amazon. Then Came the Hard Part.

A Brazilian pilot working for wildcat miners escaped death when his plane went down in a remote area. He walked through the jungle for 36 days before being rescued.

#amazon-jungle, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #brazil, #pilots

Travel Workers Despair a Year Lost to Covid-19

Six travel workers, from a cruise ship crewmember in Manila to a tour bus driver in East Jerusalem, share how the prolonged shutdown has upended their lives.

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Indonesia Crash Thwarts Push to Rehabilitate Country’s Airlines

The loss of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 on Saturday was a grim start to the year in a sprawling archipelago nation where barely a year goes by without an air disaster.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indonesia, #jakarta-indonesia, #pilots, #sriwijaya-air, #sriwijaya-air-flight-182

Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot Who Broke the Sound Barrier, Is Dead at 97

A World War II fighter ace and Air Force general, he was, according to Tom Wolfe, “the most righteous of all the possessors of the right stuff.”

#chuck-yeager, #deaths-obituaries, #pilots, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wolfe-tom, #world-war-ii-1939-45

He Escaped Death as a Kamikaze Pilot. 70 Years Later, He Told His Story.

Kazuo Odachi is one of the last living members of a group never meant to survive. He wants to remind Japan that before its modern success came the sacrifices of the young pilots who gave their lives.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #kazuo-odachi, #pilots, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Hit First by the Coronavirus Pandemic, Arline Workers Seek New Paths

Pilots, flight attendants and other staff are retiring early or taking buyouts and leaves of absence in anticipation of a slow recovery.

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The Runway Lights Failed, So Villagers Used Their Headlights to Aid an Airlift

A child was waiting to be flown to Anchorage, but the pilot of a LifeMed Alaska flight could not see the runway at the airport in Igiugig, Alaska, officials said.

#airlifts, #airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #all-terrain-vehicles-atv, #anchorage-alaska, #pilots, #rural-areas

Pilots Were Once in Short Supply. Now They’re Losing Their Jobs.

Before the pandemic, airlines worried about not being able to replace retiring baby boomers. Eager recruits expect to bear the brunt of layoffs.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #delta-air-lines-inc, #expressjet-airlines-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #pilots, #seniority-systems, #southwest-airlines-company, #united-airlines

Overlooked No More: Roberta Cowell, Trans Trailblazer, Pilot and Auto Racer

Cowell is said to be the first woman known to undergo sex reassignment surgery in Britain. But after a splash in the 1950s, she withdrew from public life and died in obscurity.

#automobile-racing, #automobiles, #cowell-roberta-1918-2020, #deaths-obituaries, #defense-and-military-forces, #gender, #great-britain, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #pilots, #surgery-and-surgeons, #women-and-girls, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Overlooked No More: When Hazel Ying Lee and Maggie Gee Soared the Skies

Lee and Gee never met, but as the only two Chinese-American women pilots during the war, their lives ran a strikingly similar course, and both thwarted layers of prejudice.

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Jerzy Glowczewski, Polish Ace in a Spitfire, Dies at 97

He fled Warsaw when the Nazis invaded, flew 100 combat missions, and made a life as an architect in Poland, Egypt and the United States. He died of the coronavirus in New York.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #defense-and-military-forces, #glowczewski-jerzy, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #pilots, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Who Should Wear Masks on Planes? More Airlines Say Everyone.

Major carriers are requiring masks on their flight crews. Delta and American Airlines decided that passengers must cover their faces, too.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #assn-of-flight-attendants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #flight-attendants, #masks, #organized-labor, #pilots, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Harrison Ford Strayed Onto an Active Runway in His Plane

The episode was being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, which ordered the actor to complete awareness training in 2017.

#air-traffic-control, #airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #california, #federal-aviation-administration, #ford-harrison, #hawthorne-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #pilots