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Questions tagged [airline-pilot]

For questions about pilots who fly for airlines.

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Are there generic routes all pilots can fly?

The recent question Is the destination of a commercial flight important for the pilot? stoked my curiosity but the answers were rather explaining that a pilot does not necessarily need to know where ...
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Are there any known instances of airline pilots passing off aerobatics as “turbulence”?

Inspired by this Far Side cartoon, which shows the pilots of (presumably) a passenger airliner rolling the plane steeply from side to side, and claiming (to the passengers) that they’re just passing ...
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Airplane generations - how does it work?

I was reading about Atlas B763 that was involved in an accident on Feb 23rd, 2019. Based on what I read plane was 25 years or so old. As a person who has no relationship about aviation industry ...
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When cruising, is any moment that a pilot will reduce his/her airplane speed?

Say, a pilot is piloting his/her jet commercial airplane and suddenly see cumolonimbus or a dark cloud. Then, should the pilot reduce his/her airplane's speed to avoid turbulence?
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I want to be an airline pilot. Would becoming a NON-COMBAT Air Force pilot be a good way to become one? [duplicate]

I know that becoming a fighter pilot is highly competitive, making it a difficult route, but would becoming a pilot for an Air Force cargo aircraft or something of the like be a good way to reach my ...
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Are commercial pilots ranked or graded differently based on the size of the aircraft they fly?

I am not sure whether "rank" or "grade" are the most suitable words for this question. If someone know which the most suitable, please edit this question. I mean, is the rank of a pilot of, say a ...
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What exactly do “captain”, “pilot”, “co-pilot” and “first officer” mean?

I know the co-pilot sits beside the pilot. But it's not clear for me, who is the captain and who is the first officer? And where they are sitting during the flight? Who is in right seat and who is in ...
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Why can't airline pilots listen to music while flying? [duplicate]

In an interview I read, a 747 captain (Mark Vanhoenacker, an American British Airways pilot) says he doesn't understand why he cannot listen to music inflight, when for example surgeons – who ...
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How airlines select new Captains…? [closed]

How does an airline select Captains for a new but different airplanes (ie, Boeing vs Airbus) that they just added to their fleet? As an example, Delta has purchased many new Airbus A220. Since it is ...
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How many pilots does an airline hire for each new plane they purchase?

I guess this would depend if the airplane is narrow body or wide body because wide body airplanes make longer trips. Another way to ask this question is what is the ratio of airplanes and pilots in an ...
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Can a pilot choose his co-pilot?

How are pilots paired in the duty roster? Pilots choose their co-pilots from a pool (whitelist)? (Pilot has the final say) Randomly, but taking pilot wishes into consideration? (Airline has the final ...
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How can pilot remember when or where to do tasks such as changing radio frequency and change fuel tank? [duplicate]

As a student pilot, I sometime forget tasks such as changing radio frequency after reaching a location or switching fuel tank in long navigation. These tasks happen in specific time or location ...
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What are the differences between EASA (UK) and CASA flight training?

I'm a British citizen living in Australia who is tossing up on whether to train back home or in Australia. Given the sheer amount of complex information out there, I was wondering what the differences ...
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Can pilots smoke in the cockpit of an airliner?

An answer on travel.se suggests that some pilots are smoking on long-distance passenger flights. Can passenger airliner pilots smoke if both the captain and first officer agree it’s ok? If I recall, ...
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Which of the pilots flies when it gets dangerous?

Who flies when it gets dangerous ? In other words: Which pilot takes control of a passenger aircraft as Pilot Flying (PF) in an emergency (aircraft upset, loss of control, mechanical failure, etc.) ...
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What are the requirements to obtain the ATP license in Canada?

How much exams does a person need to do in Canada do become a ATP pilot and how many hours will be needed to become a pilot, for example ground school time, flight hour time etc....
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Can ATC handle a flight as emergency although the pilots have not declared an emergency?

The preliminary report for the LNI610 crash shows how much distractive conversation there was between ATC and LIN610 at a time when the pilots clearly didn't have the aircraft under control – as ...
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Detecting faults in CVR mic inputs

Years ago my father worked for Eastern Airlines out of Miami (that should give you a timeframe) and he was an electrical engineer. I recall once he told me that the pilots (one or more) used to ...
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What steps are airlines taking to retain and acquire pilots?

It's well known that there's a global commercial pilot shortage, likely due to the cost of becoming a pilot, as well as the lackluster starting salaries. I've heard that airlines are making pushes to ...
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Does a long time to solo hurt your chances of becoming an airline pilot?

I've heard that on job applications for airline pilots that they ask the question: "How many hours to Solo?". If it took someone 30 hours to solo but they had more logged flight time than someone who ...
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Why are some ATP CTP providers not on the FAA's approved list?

The FAA has published a list of ATP CTP provider schools. But I can still find other schools not listed in this list, like "ATP flight school". I'm sure that only approved facilities can provide an ...
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Can hours accumulated in a glider count towards the 1500 hours for an ATP certificate?

If you have ratings in Glider, ASEL, AMEL do all your PIC hours in all categories count towards an ATP certificate, or must the Glider hours be kept separate?
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Who has final say over an aircraft flight path? [duplicate]

This question got me thinking... if there was an emergency situation on a commercial airliner (let's say both engines have flamed out or something) and the pilot wants to do one thing (land in the sea)...
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Are landings easier during the day or at night?

When is it easier for a pilot to perform a "good" touchdown: during daytime or nighttime? Considering typical flights for 737s to holiday destinations so mostly small airports with a single runway. ...
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Was it ever possible to land big commercial jets from the missed approach point during non-precision approach?

When you shoot a non-precision approach, you are expected to maintain the MDA until the missed approach point, and if you have the runway in sight before you get there, you may proceed to land on the ...
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Do airline pilots get to go home often to see their family and have a break from flying planes. If so, how many days?

Do airline pilots get to go home to see their families often, and if so how long?
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Can you become a commercial airline pilot in Europe while being monocular [duplicate]

I’m not sure if I could get a EASA medical class 1 while being monocular. But I think that you can get a soda in the us and I want to know, if I could take a FAA medical class 1 and then fly in Europe ...
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Can I fly in Europe using an FAA Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA)?

I want to become a airline pilot but I have Monocular vision. I have no vision in my left eye but I have good vision in my right eye. I have read that I cannot become a pilot in Europe because of this ...
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Can you be a monocular airline pilot in Europe?

I know this question has been asked before but it was for the US and I would like to know about Europe. I was born with no vision in my left eye, and I have always wanted to become a commercial ...
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Do airline pilots increase thrust when ordered to increase altitude by traffic controllers?

Do airline pilots increase thrust when ordered to increase altitude by traffic controllers? Do they simply use flaps, the yoke (or joystick in the case of airbus) and the stabilizers without any ...
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What airline academies are available to US citizens?

It seems that EU/Asian/Middle Eastern citizens have the opportunity to apply for several self-funded programs which (upon acceptance and completion) guarantee a job as a first officer on small twin ...
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Why the pilot in command sits on the left? [duplicate]

Is it a rule? Why left? I mean why the pilot in common sits on the left? What is the superiority of the left side?
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Is training and pay different for cargo and airline pilots?

Do cargo pilots receive different training than airline pilots? Are there notable differences in salary or other benefits? My assumption is that since cargo pilots do not have to deal with passengers,...
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Is it ever permissible to takeoff on an aircraft heavier than its MTOW?

I'm thinking in terms of the Concorde accident in 2000 having just read part of the report which states that they were in effect several tonnes heavier than they should of been factoring in the ...
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What does the “blue” callout mean in the cockpit of an Airbus?

So from watching many videos in the cockpit on YouTube I have noticed that pilots will say stuff like "Loc Blue" or "2500 Blue" but what does this 'blue' mean and are there any other colours? These ...
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Does pilot monitoring have authority to go around in exceptional circumstances?

Let's say the captain is acting as the pilot flying(PF) and the first officer the pilot monitoring(PM) in a commercial jet. They are shooting an ILS to their destination airport but the approach is so ...
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How do foreigners (international students) work as airline pilots in the USA? [duplicate]

I am planning to study in the USA/Canada (whichever is easier to work afterwards) to get my pilot licenses from 0 to CFII or CFI-MEI, so my best bet is to apply for an F-1 visa program (since it ...
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Why is there such a difference between the study material for the FAA and EASA ATP knowledge tests?

What's the difference between the FAA & EASA ATPL written/knowledge test? The FAA test seems way easier; you just study the Gleim which has 1650+ multiple choice questions and composed of 1,048 ...
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How important are my EASA exam scores for getting a future airline job?

I'm doing my ATPL and I hear a lot of stories about what scores you should get in your exams to get a job as soon you get the licence. Does anyone have any information about how important the exam ...
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Is a degree from an overseas institution likely to be a barrier to employment with a major US airline?

I'm currently enrolled at a university in Jamaica. However, on my school break I often come to the US for flight training. I would like to know if a major US airline would employ me after completing ...
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What are the roles of the co-pilot in commercial aviation?

I am currently doing a project(in college) on the history and future of the role of a co-pilot and to start it off I wanted to just summarize what the roles of the co-pilot are.
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When do airline pilots arrive at airport?

How much time it takes to prepare a flight, to control the aircraft, before departures? How much spare time takes the pilots, to reach a foreign airport? I never experienced a delay because of ...
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What is the height requirement for pilots in the Philippines?

I am not an airline pilot nor do I work in the industry but I'm looking forward to. I live in the Philippines, a part of South East Asia. My question is: what is the current minimum height ...
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Can I get refractive eye surgery and pass a medical in Europe fitting EASA requirements?

I would like to attend a Class I pilot Licence, but my eyes are not 'the best'. If I'd undergo refractive surgery (RS from now on), and the intervention goes well, will I fit the requirements? For ...
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What makes someone a 'Senior First Officer'?

Some airlines have a Senior First Officer rank. Apart from the title and (presumably) the pay, what makes them different from a regular First Officer? Do they have any differing duties or ...
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To what extent (if any) is it possible or desirable for the pilot of a large airliner to “fly by the seat of the pants”?

I recall that some years ago the pilot of the A340'S first flight described its handling as "like riding a bicycle" (to me this would mean that as he went past his favourite bar he saw his friends ...
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Are military and jet pilots given any extra training before entering commercial aviation if yes, then how?

Because a jet pilot is habitual of flying super sonic aircraft, which can possibly go in any direction and do many maneuvers, which commercial aircraft can't, are they given any special training ...
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Can someone provide details about airlines dividing crew into personality groups?

In this answer about crew bidding/scheduling, it's mentioned that crews may be divided into groups based on personality. What personality traits may be considered? How are people matched? Is this ...
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How are bids packages and awards generated?

There probably is no short answer for this. Crews out there, how do you bid and how are you rewarded? Are you always satisfied with your lines? Can someone also explain in brief from a system point of ...
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What is recurrent training?

Is it taken by both pilots and flight attendants? How frequently? What is the main purpose of it? Is it mandatory?