Pilot careers are nothing if not tumultuous. Right now, we're in uncharted territory, as regional airlines are experiencing the worst pilot shortage since regional service in the 1950s.
In aviation, a great paradox has always existed that to get a job as an airline pilot, one has to first build multi-engine time in airliners, but that can't be done without being an airline pilot.
Pilots tend to be creatures of habit, often flying the same type of mission every time.
Headlines across the media have recently focused on the shortage of regional airline pilots.
Piper has always been famous for producing light twins.
In terms of careers in the aviation industry, all the attention has been focused on regional airlines and the hand-wringing as the supply of pilots is drying up. ...
In 1925, when barnstormer John Paul Riddle and entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry founded the Embry-Riddle Company at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, they probably had no idea their company would turn into one of the most recognized private aviation...
The last few years have brought some of the most sweeping changes to commercial pilot training that we've ever seen in the industry.
Though not from any official poll or study, the desire to learn to fly is one of the most often unrealized dreams in our society.
One of the best things about being a pilot is we can choose where we live, especially aerobatic pros who like to live close to their work. ...
Flying is the least of what air show pilots do. For our 10 minutes in the air, we pay the price of executing the logistics that gets us there. ...
Who's the best pilot in history? Good question. And who's the best pilot today?
I was with several hundred students, faculty and guests at the Army War College's 59th National Security Seminar (NSS) in June of this year.
Careers in aviation are nothing if not dynamic. Aviation Career Update 2013
At a recent hangar party, I met a woman who owns a very nice Piper Cherokee.
We can't be flying all the time, though some would prefer it. I admit I'm a lousy spectator.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be flying in close formation with another airplane, seeing the tiniest movement of an aileron, the heat curling from the exhaust? ...
In 1984, I trained with air show pilot Duane Cole at Luck Field in Burleson, Texas, for the Intermediate category of the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships. ...
As a kid in love with flying and all things related to it, I couldn't fathom the idea of getting paid for it.
I was a stick-and-rudder pilot with very little knowledge of instrument flying. Steeped in flying wires, tube and fabric, I never thought I'd need or want an instrument rating.
After going to an air show in Canada and a competition in Wisconsin in 1983, I knew that flying aerobatics was what I was meant to do.
If you love what you do, you're not really working, but being an air show pilot is a mixture of hard work and hardly working.
I love early mornings in Tsavo. ...
Recently, I came across The Cloud Appreciation Society.
Rush, Serpentine, Robbers and Mill are names of some of the fires I've flown. Fires are usually named after a geographical landmark at the origin of the fire—a road, town, river or a creek.
If one thing serves us well in life and in aviation, it's the art of being resourceful—intelligent and creative problem solving and making the best use of time and available resources.
This summer, I've had the good fortune to fly OV-10 Broncos out of the Chico Air Attack Base.
If you ask the average high-school student today about working as an airline pilot, you might get more questions than answers.
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St Louis from New York to Paris non-stop, defining exploration for the 20th century. ...
When I'm signing autographs on the flight line, people like to tell me their stories about flying.