A veteran Air Force fighter pilot really disagrees with what I said about a tragic recent crash. Very politely, I disagree back.
What to read about the long-forgotten elegance of flight, the under-appreciated economic potential of America, and the perhaps-fixable corruption of politics
Stowaways come in all forms and sizes. But very few can match this one for sangfroid.
We all like to think we’d be calm in times of great pressure. Here is how it looks when people really are.
How a demonstration of calm competence becomes a "terrifying" episode
"For a young pilot who is looking for a career in the industry, the low-cost market is not a viable long-term option. Many of us are burning out because our employers are treating us in the same way that they treat the aeroplanes." A European pilot on ramifications of the Germanwings crash.
A technologist says the day of airliners flown by remote control is closer than we think. Is that good news or bad? Plus, why it's better to be a co-pilot and other lessons from the latest crash.
Cost pressures, alcohol as the only "approved" anti-mental-illness drug, and other ramifications of this murder/suicide
Explaining a hazard of aviation, in the aftermath of the Germanwings crash
Since most things about the modern airline experience are so unpleasant for most of the traveling public most of the time, it's worth noticing how smoothly these professionals do their work.
Sometimes crowdsourcing pays off.
Darth Vader vs. Casper the Friendly Ghost, on an airport tarmac
Ever wonder how it looks if you're inside a plane headed toward the ocean? Wonder no more. Plus: policy news, both bad and good.
Who says Pacific cruises aren't interesting?
Modern data-based graphics meet the timeless mysteries of the globe.
Prediction: If you spend a little time on these sites, you will start looking at weather forecasts in an entirely different way.
People are capable of a lot.
A Chinese plane was not allowed to land at some Chinese airports. Why that matters.
"This reminds us how vulnerable we all are." Lessons from a tragedy
Protecting modern presidents is a legitimate and crucial goal. Here is some of what it ends up meaning in practice.