Charlie Page, The Points Guy

Charlie Page

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What happens when pilots have to fly without an autopilot?

All you need to know from TPG's resident pilot columnist about what happens when there is no autopilot. → Read More

How pilots deal with volcanic ash encounters

Priority number one: Exit the volcanic ash cloud as soon as possible. → Read More

How pilots and controllers communicate digitally

“It’s good to talk,” so we were told by a 1990s advertising campaign by a telecoms company. Talking constitutes a large part of our communication with each other, but in a digital age, nonverbal communication its making up for an ever-increasing proportion of how we interact with each other. This is particularly true for pilots … → Read More

How pilots deal with fuel leaks

All you need to know about how a pilot copes with a fuel-related emergencies midflight. → Read More

To land or to divert? How pilots decide the safest option

As the saying goes, safety is no accident. The culture which a CEO creates from the top of an airline will filter all the way down to the very bottom of the hierarchy -- here's how they do it! → Read More

How do pilots deal with an engine failure on takeoff?

TPG reveals how pilots deal with another incredibly adverse situation. → Read More

The 787 Dreamliner: What are the differences between a -8, -9 and -10?

There are very few differences to note for passengers between the three aircraft. → Read More

How pilots deal with radiation and flights over the North Pole

All you need to know about the hazards of flying in the extreme conditions of the North Pole. → Read More

How a flying cadet graduates to a legitimate fully qualified pilot

TPG's guide on how a new cadet becomes a pilot including lots of exams 1,500 hours of flying practice. → Read More

How pilots keep you safe and comfortable during inclement weather

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Your next flight could be a pilot's final test before making captain

All you need to know about a pilot's final flight before they get their four stripes and become captain. → Read More

Here's what it takes to pass the captain test for a major airline

Whilst the years spent in the right-hand seat are all building toward that upgrade, the final few months are the most demanding of a pilot's entire career. In order to make the move from first officer to captain, all pilots must complete the command course. → Read More

The path to becoming an airline captain

Every time you get on an aircraft, you entrust your life to the captain and their crew. But who is this person responsible for your safety, hidden away behind the locked flight deck door? How did they get to that position and how much of the work do they do themselves and how much is shared by their flight deck colleague? → Read More

Hopping across the Pond: How pilots find their way to the USA

A look into the intricate world of how pilots navigate the trans-Atlantic journey. → Read More

Perfect landing: How pilots avoid colliding with the ground in tricky situations

Through layers of safety systems developed over the years of aviation, we are now better equipped than ever to reduce the risk of controlled flight into terrain -- CFIT. From accurate charts to GPS-based terrain avoidance systems, flying on a commercial airliner has never been safer. → Read More

How do pilots decide how high they fly?

Aircraft don't end up at their altitude by mistake. A number of decisions have been made to ensure that your aircraft is flying at its optimum altitude. → Read More

Can you hear me now: How pilots communicate with ATC while 35,000 feet in the air

Modern aircraft now have an array of communication devices from the rudimentary HF radios of old to sophisticated satellite-based systems which enable us to talk almost as if we were on a mobile phone -- here's how we do it. → Read More

A look inside the Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight deck

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one of the most-advanced aircraft flying in the sky. As a passenger of the aircraft, you may know it for its quiet ride, shaded window technology and features to help you beat jet lag. But many passengers never see inside the cockpit of the aircraft that has the range to … → Read More

The challenges of landing at high altitude destinations revealed

Landing into a hot and high airfield provides a number of challenges which are not evident to passengers. Without a decent plan, the effects of TAS and the thinner air can very quickly put you into a high energy situation which can be difficult to regain. → Read More

How Aircraft Are Designed to Keep You Comfortable at 37,000 Feet

Lower cabin altitudes, and fresher, more moist air all provide for a much healthier and relaxing flight experience. → Read More