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Airline pilots are often exhausted. christinarosepix/Shutterstock.com

Pilots sleeping in the cockpit could improve airline safety

Pilots are often overtired, making them prone to errors. Some countries let them sleep on the job – under strict rules. Pilots love the idea, but consumers are wary, for now.
Automation can often get ahead of safety regulators’ efforts. Tarikdiz/Shutterstock.com

Boeing crashes and Uber collision show passenger safety relies on corporate promises, not regulators’ tests

Government regulators and industry experts often overlook the complexities and risks of human-technology interactions and increasingly rely on companies' voluntary oversight and self-assessments.
Birds are more dangerous to aircraft than drones. kvoloshin/flickr

Are drones really dangerous to airplanes?

Drones don’t pose much of a risk to traditional aviation. Our research shows that collisions with manned aircraft are far more likely to involve a bird.
Pilots have the privilege of a birds-eye view, but should they resist the temptation to snap from the cockpit? Frans Zwart/Flickr

When ‘selfies’ extend to plane cockpits, pilots could land themselves in trouble

Last week, Quartz published an article showcasing photographs pilots have taken from the cockpit of aircraft to post on Instagram. As explained in the story, by taking these photos – many of which appear…
US regulators have grounded all 787 Dreamliners until a battery fire risk is fully assessed and fixed. Flickr: Drewski2112

Grounded: looking at the 787 Dreamliner recent troubles

This week, US civil aviation safety regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took the massive step of grounding all US Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Its equivalent European counterpart, the European…

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