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Challenge: What Kind of Pilot Doubled in Number over the Past Decade? [Search Research]

Challenge: What Kind of Pilot Doubled in Number over the Past Decade?Daniel Russell knows how to find the answers to questions you can’t get to with a simple Google query. In his weekly Search Research column, Russell issues a search challenge, then follows up later in the week with his solution—using whatever search technology and methodology fits the bill. This week’s challenge: What kind of pilot doubled in number over the past decade?

As you know, there are many different kinds of pilots: private pilots, helicopter pilots, captains of airline transports (for the record, my brother is an airline transport pilot).

Over the past decade we’ve seen a remarkable growth in airline travel. 50 billion miles flown in 2001 vs. 867 billion miles in 2011. (Source: Advisory Council for Transportation Statistics: 2001 data, 2011 data.)

Amazingly, the total number of US pilots has stayed roughly the same-except in one category.

What is the one category of pilot (that is, with a specific kind of US pilot’s license-such as commercial, airline transport, helicopter, etc.) that has more than DOUBLED between 2001 and 2011?

See if you can figure it out! (Your first task is to find out how many different kinds of pilot licenses there are…)

As usual, please include HOW you figured it out and your best estimate about how long it took you to solve the challenge.

Search on!

Wednesday Search Challenge (6/20/12): What kind of pilot doubled in number over the past decade? | SearchReSearch


Daniel M. Russell studies the way people search and research—an anthropologist of search, if you will. You can read more from Russell on his SearchReSearch blog, and stay tuned for his weekly challenges (and answers) here on Lifehacker.

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The SanDisk Extreme SD Card Is the Perfect Balance Between Price and Performance [Stuff We Like]

The SanDisk Extreme SD Card Is the Perfect Balance Between Price and PerformanceIf you’re in the market for a new SD card, trying to pick one up can seem overwhelming. Our friends over at the Wirecutter looked at a number of SD cards and discovered that the SanDisk Extreme line is the best performing card you’ll find at an affordable price.

Unless you need something special—like a card that can survive drowning, electrocution, and magnets, or a card that works with your insanely high-speed camera—chances are the SanDisk Extreme will suit you perfectly. It reads and writes data speeds at a whopping 45 megabytes per second, which is much more than most class 10 cards at only a few bucks more. SanDisk’s Extreme Pro line is even faster at 95 MB/s, but it costs a whole lot more, and isn’t going to net you a whole lot of benefits unless you have a camera that can make use of it. (For more info on SD card speeds and classes, see our explainer on the subject.)

For most people, the SanDisk Extreme is as good as it gets, at a price that’s hard to beat. You can grab a 16GB version for $15 on Amazon, or the 32GB for $37. If you want to see more details on the comparison between other cards, check out the Wirecutter’s full review below.

Best SD Card | The Wirecutter

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