In "Brainteaser #203," we asked how the drones will affect aviation and what, if anything, should be done to prevent total chaos. Should drones be regulated and their operators licensed? Should it be legal to shoot them out of the sky during designated seasons with the proper permits? (Or perhaps in any season, if they're headed over the White House fence?) More
Especially when looking at recent accidents involving scheduled airliners, it occurs that some people are still having problems with their landings. Yes, they can be difficult to master, especially when crosswinds or other factors complicate things and distract us. But this shouldn't be so hard. More
When considering how to crash, my first bit of advice is don't do it. Since the reality of any flight is that things can go wrong, that isn't particularly helpful, I know. What can go wrong? Your crankshaft can break, your fuel lines can clog or, if you are a damn fool, you can run out of gas. The point is, someday your engine may stop working for reasons beyond your immediate control and your next option is an off-field landing, or worse. If you're lucky, you will be mid-field downwind at your home airport and it will work just like the last time you practiced engine-out procedures—you do still practice those, right? More
In aviation, one pin out of place can result in disaster. Details matter. More
Experimental flight testing involves taking new or modified aircraft designs to, and sometimes beyond, the edges of their performance envelopes. Most of the time the steps into the unknown go smoothly. It's the times that they don't that when test pilots earn every cent of their pay while discovering that even the most carefully made plans can suddenly come unraveled. A experienced test pilot recalls spin testing that didn't go quite as planned. More
Not quite yet. But today's blog offers a theory from a 777 Captain who's considered all the options. More
Ray Damijonaitis of Gurnee, IL takes "close call" to a new level in our latest prize-winning photos. Click through for more breath-taking reader-submitted pictures.