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How do long-haul pilots cope with boredom?

Imagine you're in a large jet on a long route on a major airway -- say, for example, you're in a 747 going LHR-JFK at night. It's dark, you're over the Atlantic, and ATC has cleared you to just keep ...
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What is common number of flight hours a year for an airline pilot?

Reading various reports including number of flight hours of the pilots I always wonder how it relates to years of service. In most professions, people work 40 hours a week, which gives around 1900 ...
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Is joining the air force a good way to become an airline pilot?

I've always loved the air force. However, my main goal is to become an airline pilot. Would joining the air force affect becoming a commercial airline pilot? I am asking because if I join the air ...
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Are airline pilots worn out at an age of 55?

Lufthansa's pilot union is calling for a strike to defend pilot's right to retire at the age of 55. They argue that the stressful job of flying is too much for older people. This provokes two ...
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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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Who has the authority between captain and first officer in emergencies?

Yes I know, Captain has authority over First Officer. I was reading about Airblue Flight 202 and according to the investigation, First Officer said these words 40 seconds before crash: Sir turn ...
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How do pilots avoid radiation?

It is said that they are exposed to 50% more of radiation than on the ground and they are prone to skin cancer, so, is there any way of reducing the amount of radiation for pilots?
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Can you be a monocular airline pilot in Europe? [duplicate]

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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Are the communications between captain and flight attendants standardized?

Premises For usual communications between pilots and ATC, a specific phraseology is followed. In case of an an unexpected event (e.g. a sick passenger), flight attendants and pilots can communicate ...
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Why is being a commercial pilot stressful?

Being a commercial airline pilot regularly appears around the top of "most stressful jobs" lists. I do not doubt that this is a stressful job, but as an outsider with no aviation experience ...
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How do non-US pilots get the hours necessary for an ATP?

I'm wondering about the possible lack of real-world flying experience by pilots in non-US carriers In the US, aspiring airline pilots can work at a variety of jobs, like instructing, towing banners, ...
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What can airline pilots do if they are no longer in the position to fly, career-wise?

I was having a discussion with a friend about the incident in the past days (4U 9525) and more specifically the what could be described as 'Taboo' of Psychological problems among pilots. We came ...
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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 there any aircraft used in part 121 (aka scheduled airline) operations that do not require a type rating to fly?

Inspired by KeithS's question about ATPLs and category/class ratings, I figured I'd throw another type-rating/airline-operations puzzler at you: are there any aircraft currently in scheduled airline ...
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Why pilots would leave the cockpit in a short flight?

I've occasionally read about pilots being locked out of the cockpit in flight, and was wondering: Why might a pilot leave the cockpit during a short flight (1-2 hours)?
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What should a pilot do if they feel sleepy?

What should a pilot of any large commercial passenger airplane do if they feel sleepy? What is the maximum time per day during which the pilot may control the airplane ?
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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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Why can't pilots drink alcohol after a flight?

Why are pilots told not to drink alcoholic drinks even after landing, even when their next flight is more than 24 hours later? Is this some kind of precautionary rule?
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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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Has a “fight” ever happened in the cockpit?

Somehow, a variation of How do long-haul pilots cope with boredom? . Has it ever happened that the pilots started some small talk about politics, or football, or favourite rock band, or that one ...
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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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Is there anything a copilot can do to stop a pilot from doing anything while flying? [duplicate]

Is there anything a copilot in a commercial aircraft can do to stop a pilot from doing anything while flying? As I see it, there are two scenarios: The pilot is going to do something malicious, in ...