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I was looking at the description of this role i.e. someone who provides cruise flight relief flying. As conceivably, someone could be bonded for multiple years because of the type rating being covered by the airline, it is possible they could 'fly' for multiple years and yet never actually do a real takeoff or landing?

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    $\begingroup$ I believe that a pilot has to do a certain number of take-offs and landings to keep their license current. $\endgroup$ – DJClayworth Jun 12 '15 at 16:36
  • $\begingroup$ Can you explain and link to some information about what a "cruise pilot" is? I'd never heard that term until I saw this question. $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Jun 13 '15 at 19:49
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    $\begingroup$ DJClayworth: I happen to know that is the answer but you deserve the credit. $\endgroup$ – Joshua Jun 13 '15 at 23:34
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    $\begingroup$ This question might be better if a jurisdiction were included. In the U.S., for example, there is no such thing as a 'cruise pilot.' Relief pilots on long haul flights have the same requirements as the rest of the crew here (i.e. a minimum of one qualified Captain is always on duty.) In the U.S., there is no such thing as a pilot in flight deck of an airliner at all unless they have an ATPL. Licensure requirements vary dramatically by jurisdiction, though. Additionally, the required takeoffs and landings for currency (as DJClayworth mentioned) will also likely vary by jurisdiction. $\endgroup$ – reirab Jun 15 '15 at 20:55
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    $\begingroup$ Not a definite answer, but a friend of mine flew 747's as a 2nd officer for a major airline for a number of years. He had multiple take offs and landings in a sim, but 0 actual in a front seat. $\endgroup$ – Greg Sep 4 '15 at 6:59
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Every airline pilot is required to maintain currency. In a 2nd officers case most of this will probably be in a full motion simulator.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Aviation.SE. To me this does not seem to directly address the question, could you add a little more extensive reasoning? $\endgroup$ – Federico Sep 3 '15 at 16:35

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