Leadership From the Cockpit

For the aviation industry, February 12 serves as an annual reminder of why airline pilots are committed to lifelong training to keep flying safe. This day marks 10 years since the Colgan Air Flight 3407 tragedy, which became a watershed for aviation safety improvements. 


Aviation has come a long way since its birth on the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk. It largely respects ability, skill, and experience above all and is blind to a pilot’s color, gender, or creed. But that wasn’t always the case. Nearly 100 years ago, one woman took an unlikely path to her goal and quietly started the revolution to open the sky to all in the process.


Year-round, ALPA members are active in their communities, supporting charities and other important causes. Take Envoy Air F/O Sean McClain, for example. Although he’s a Chicago-based airline pilot, Sean lives in the Washington, D.C., area and is an active member of the local chapter of Pilots for Kids (PFK), an international, nonprofit aid organization.

As cold weather ensnares the majority of North America, some passengers may find themselves experiencing a flight delay or cancellation—at times even in a city without snow. Your flight in sunny California may be delayed due to the fact that the aircraft is coming from a colder climate. Or, your order from that online retailer might be stuck at a cargo hub for a bit. So why the delays?

Categories: Safety

Enlisted service members with aviation-related specialties make great airline pilot candidates says Compass Capt. Josh Walden. The former U.S. Army helicopter mechanic explains how he transitioned to the airline cockpit in the “Our Stories” column of this month’s Air Line Pilot magazine


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