There are millions of blogs on the internet, and that number is growing everyday. When it comes to aviation it’s extra important what you read online. You wouldn’t want to read Joe Shmo’s blog that says to do one thing when you really need to another. However, we all know that there are a ton of experts who put their aviation knowledge online these days for everyone to benefit from. So who are some of these experts and how can they benefit you?
To answer that question, here is a list of some great websites. They are all unique and cover various topics, but are all good industry related resources. As pilots (or student pilots) we should never stop learning about aviation even if we’ve been flying for years. However, whether you are just starting to look into aviation or have been hanging around for years you can dig in to these resources.
*Note, this is not an all inclusive list by any means, but rather a grouping of some really great aviation brains.
This may not come as a surprise to some people, because the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is a well established organization. However, I wanted to share this for the newer pilots out there. The AOPA has resources on their website that cover a wide array of topics. You can visit their education page for starters to find posts about flight safety, general aviation, IFR, and ATC among others. You will also find resources about learning to fly, flight schools, scholarships, and owning an aircraft. They also have a special blog from the editors of AOPA that has a ton of gold nuggets from professionals in the industry.
If commercial aviation, technology, defense, and space is something you’re interested in Aviation Week is a great website to visit. They have a print magazine you can subscribe to, but post great articles for free online as well. They cover news, post commentaries, and have articles that give expert insight into what goes on in the aviation world. If you want to know about major airlines, aviation companies like Boeing or Honeywell, what NASA is up to, or the latest in laws and military, Aviation Week has you covered.
The Boldmethod site is chocked full of great resources. You can read articles covering topics like aerodynamics, checkrides, and maneuvers plus find information about a wide variety of aircraft and aviation careers. The site is educational and fun: you can watch videos, take quizzes, and even buy a Boldmethod shirt. Plus, if you want to know who is writing the content you can take a look at their list of affiliated pilots. Boldmethod’s goal is to teach, entertain, and inspire, and they do a great job.
Runway Girl Network is all about the intersection of aviation professionals and the passengers they serve. Their unique take on aviation news brings awareness to how industry events affect the customer in what they call a “B2B2C model”. On the site you can find interviews with industry professionals, news about safety, comfort, connectivity, and services, career opportunities, and achievements of women in aviation. While this is a great site for women in the industry (hence the name “Runway Girl”) it is a great resource for men and women alike.
If you are looking for a personal take on aviation news you can tune into The Aviationist. Mainly run by aviation professional David Cenciotti, The Aviationist digs deep into major news topics. You can find special reports and analysis as well as major interviews that Mr. Cenciotti has done for New Republic, Business Insider, Gizmodo, The New York Times, and Fox News among many others. Mainly an opinion site, it is still a great place to get a professional’s view into what is going on in the world around us.
Ask The Pilot is Patrick Smith’s take on the aviation industry. Smith is a renowned blogger who made Time Magazine’s list of “25 Best Bloggers of 2013,” and while it’s no longer 2013 he is still considered an aviation brain. Similar to The Aviationist this blog is mainly Smith’s own opinions, but it gives great insight into what is going on in the industry. He writes about topics that pilots at all levels can appreciate including pilot safety, airline news, aviation lingo, and drones. The biggest draw may be his “Questions & Answers” area where he has taken excerpts from his book Cockpit Confidential to shed light on several topics often asked about. This is a great stop for any pilot.
Brett Snyder is The Cranky Flier. His passion is travel and his blog serves as a sort of travel directory and airline guide to the pilot and passenger alike. He writes insightful posts about airline news and travel issues, and even has a list of other online aviation resources and blogs. To top all of this he has an air travel assistance service called Cranky Concierge where he can help you plan a flight, solve a problem, and put your air miles to use, and if you need help right this minute he’s got that covered too. If you love travel, Brett is your guy.
This concludes my current list of blogs to follow. As you can see each resource has its own take on some issue in the aviation industry, but is widely useful for all pilots. It’s always good to stay up to date about current news and keep your knowledge about flying, airlines, and travel in check. I will continue to share with you the resources I find online that are beneficial for pilots and their families.
As I noted before, this list is not all inclusive. What websites have you found to be extremely helpful? Leave a comment and let me know where you like to fuel your aviation knowledge online.