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Patrick Smith of Ask The Pilot answers all your questions

Patrick Smith is a hero. Well, we like to think so anyway. Whether you're obsessed with all matters aviation or you're a slightly nervous flier, his book, Cockpit Confidential, has all the answers to the questions that have preyed on your mind during a flight. Is turbulence normal? Does autopilot f... Read more

Holiday to-do list: 10 questions to ask yourself before you fly

Preparing for a holiday can be exciting, but it’s also vital that you focus on the task at hand and make sure you’re totally prepared for your trip. Here’s a useful guide to tying up and loose ends before you go - from holiday insurance to packing like a pro, here are ten things you need to know. 1... Read more

Five things you’ve always wanted to know about America – but were too afraid to ask

It’s easy to remember we’re in a position of power when we spot gaps in Americans’ knowledge of the UK. “Oh, how droll,” we chuckle, when news reports refer to ‘London, England’. We cast pitying glances when we spot them struggling with negotiating their way around Heathrow. We watch films like Ind... Read more

Life as a pilot: What’s working for easyJet like?

Steve Hochkins has been working for easyJet for twelve and a half years, and has worked as a professional pilot for 33 years. His career in aviation started with the Air Cadets when he was 13, and very soon after joining he realised he’d like to be a pilot. Post A-levels, he joined the RAF, where h... Read more

Skiers vs Snowboarders: Who’s the best?

When it comes to friendly holiday rivalry, we’re always ready to umm and ahh over our choices with the rest of you. Say, for instance, the pool vs beach debate. Or debating whether families should have a separate area on planes. Or - and here’s one that’ll cause some waves - skiers vs snowboarders.... Read more

Amuse yourself at the airport on the cheap

There’s only so much drinking and shopping that you can do. Sorry, we should pop that last sentence into context - within an airport, of course. Nobody can avoid the boredom and delays that air travel brings - it’s part of the territory, like tiny cartons of orange juice that splash everywhere or i... Read more

Pam Ann interview: "Children on flights? Why?"

Have you heard about Pam Ann? Sharper than a knife, wittier than Julian Clary and a fearsome opponent if you decide to kick-off in mid-air, Pam is a force to be reckoned with. She's the air hostess alter-ego of Australian comedienne Caroline Reid, and if you haven't guessed yet, her comedy's all ab... Read more

Escape from the General Election 2015 at the world's remotest locations

If you can't take another minute of politicians leering out of the TV at you (sorry, Ed, that voice - it's too much, even for us), you'd better hold on - Election 2015 fever is picking up, and it'll be making headlines for the next month or so as the victor settles in, and the loser licks their woun... Read more

What’s life like as an air traffic controller?

For most of us, air traffic control is a bit of a mystery. People we don’t know sit in a tower at the airport or in a control centre, guiding planes from their parking spaces and throughout their flight. But what’s the job like? Is it stressful? What kind of people make the best controllers - and is... Read more

New warnings issued for motorists hiring cars abroad

If you're going abroad after June 8 and you'd like to hire a car, you may need a special code if you'd like to get behind the wheel. After June 8, the paper part of your licence - the bit that holds endorsements and fines - is being computerised, and in order to show other countries that you've got... Read more

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