CEO of the Cockpit #39: What Does the Future Hold? »

Aviation is only 100 years old. AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit feels like he is pretty close to that age, too, as he ponders the future of airline flying and bores your kids with his thoughts. More

CEO of the Cockpit #38: Pioneers »

Celebrating 100 years of flight can be done at a museum, but AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit is a little disappointed with the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. The planes are just too clean, and it doesn't have the people and artifacts that he finds important to aviation history. More

CEO of the Cockpit #37: Pilot Lounge and Politics »

It's the final push to the election, and politics have entered the sacrosanct world of the airline cockpit, and the not-so-sacrosanct pilot lounge. AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit reports on the latest gossip. More

CEO of the Cockpit #36: Happier Times? »

A meeting with a bunch of retired pilots inspires AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit to remember days gone by, and some of the great pilots he flew with. It doesn't make for very "P.C." stories, but they had some great times back in the jet-set days. More

CEO of the Cockpit #35: If I Were The King Of The Forest ... »

Is it the job of an airline to provide a "great flight," or just to move people from point A to point B and along the way try to separate more money from those people? AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit has a few more ideas for re-organizing his airline; he's willing to take a pay cut, but only if he can roll a few management heads. More

CEO of the Cockpit #34: Ground Control to Captain Tom »

Say what you want about whether unionizing pilots is good or bad for aviation, it is an established tradition at many airlines. AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit wonders if that tradition should be established for the newest private "space" pilot. More

CEO of the Cockpit #33: Dog Is My Co-Pilot »

Even a hard-nosed old captain like AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit has a soft spot for some people and even some animals. Especially ones that are willing to go flying on those dark and stormy nights. This is a dog story, but it's a pilot's dog story. More

CEO of the Cockpit #32: Great Expectations »

We all assumed technology would make life easier and safer; and save time and paper. Nice try. Welcome to the hurry-up-and-wait world with bugs in the software, reams of computer printouts, and people who couldn't calculate a weight-and-balance to save their life (and wouldn't have pencil and paper to do it anyway). AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit wants his slide rule back. More

CEO of the Cockpit #31: Goodbye, B727 »

Boeing's ancient three-hole jet is still around, although you're more likely to see it hauling cargo and mail than actual passengers, at least in North America. But AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit spent many a noisy hour in the front end of the 727, and has some advice for any pilots jumping into that seat. More

CEO of the Cockpit #30: Spring Cleaning »

After being grounded due to a medical condition, AVweb's Ceo of the Cockpit returns to the flight line and finds himself a bit behind in his approach plate updates. This reminds him to go back and clean out the mental cobwebs around all key pre-flight procedures. More