Flyingbynumber’s Resident Airline Captain — Josh
Clean shaven pilot with short haircut and bald pilot with beard

Can pilots have long hair?

Can pilots have long hair? Having covered pilot’s stripes, uniform standards, and even beards — there is still one question we keep getting asked! “Do airline pilots have to have short hair?” So, in this article, we’ll provide an overview…

A look at what safety pilots are, and the job they perform

What is a safety pilot?

A safety pilot is a certified pilot who accompanies another pilot during flight operations, often for training purposes. This may be as a third pilot in the cockpit — in addition to an instructor pilot — or in less complex…

A list of pilot jobs where pilots are home in their own bed every night

Pilot jobs where you are home every night

The role of a commercial pilot naturally attracts people who love the idea of travel. Yet, constant timezone changes, alongside nights away from home can take a toll on your health, and not to mention, your relationship. Living out of…

A look at lightning versus aircraft and what happens if an aircraft is struck

Lightning VS Aircraft

Here at Flyingbynumbers, “What happens when a plane gets hit by lightning?” alongside, “Is lightning dangerous for aircraft?” Are two of our most user requested questions… And for a good reason. We appreciate when you’re happily cruising along watching an…

Sun loungers and sun screen, a look at if airline pilots wear sunscreen

Do pilots wear sunscreen? — and should YOU?

It may not be a widely talked about fact, but the cockpit of an aeroplane is a location with a high risk for exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. If you, as a pilot, are not wearing sunscreen — you probably…

How far can modern commercial aircraft fly?

How far can planes fly?

Ah, the age-old question, often murmured by weary travellers crammed into coach with a stranger’s elbow invading their personal bubble space: “How much longer can this flight possibly go on for?!” The answer is… further than you think, and possibly…