At a summit on mental health in aviation, pilots and safety experts urged regulators to reform rules that discourage people from seeking treatment because they're afraid of losing clearance to fly.
Pilots at Delta Air Lines approved a new contract that will raise their pay by more than 30% over four years and likely lead to similar agreements covering union pilots at other major U.S. airlines.
Airlines blame a shortage of pilots for widespread cancellations and reduced service. Would allowing pilots to keep flying past age 65 and reducing the 1,500-hour flight training requirement help?
The pipeline of new pilots has been shrinking for years. As summer travel demand increases, the shortage is adding to the strain in airlines and chaos at the airports.
Jeanine Menze was discouraged from pursuing her dream to fly planes when she didn't see any women of color in the field. Then she met La'Shanda Holmes. "When I met you, I saw myself," Menze told her.
In a pair of lawsuits filed in federal court, a group of pilots and flight attendants says Frontier Airlines failed to accommodate the needs of pregnant and nursing women.
The co-pilot of the Sichuan Airlines flight was pulled back into the cockpit with only minor injuries. The pilot brought the Airbus down in an emergency landing, and no passengers were harmed.
The pilots union says 15,000 flights at the end of the year don't have anyone to fly them, because of a glitch in the system pilots use to bid for time off.
American Airlines is urging pilots and crews to fly faster and take shorter routes to decrease delays. The pilot union says this "pilot pushing," as they call it, will thin the margins of safety.