The Drones Are Coming: Who Will Fly Them? By Glenn Pew Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are scheduled for integration into the national airspace system (NAS) in 2015, spurring job growth and a forecast economic impact of $13.6 billion by 2019. But while the growing industry will be adding to the overall workforce, the segment might also be changing the employment landscape for people seeking professional pilot positions. The new segment will need pilots, but what kind of pilots, and where will they come from? Let's take a look.
What Does a Pilot Look Like? By Alice Speri Although it's not uncommon to see a female pilot on the flight deck, the front office is hardly representative of the gender and racial diversity of the U.S. York College students in New York are out to change that. The current class in the college's Aviation Institute is 60 percent female, and most of the aspiring pilots are women of color. Alice Speri takes a look at the program and the students.
Just Ask Talley By Jeff Van West and Talley Kingston What was it like training pilots to fly on instruments in the Link trainer during wartime? Here's an inside view, complete with the cheap tequila.
IFR by the Sun and Stars By Bill Castlen Not that long ago, crews flew thousands of miles with no navigational aids except the sky itself. It's such an elegant solution.