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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?
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What is the structure of the crew documentation used in flight for a commercial aircraft?

Common documentation easily found online (using A320 family as an example): Flight crew operating manual (FCOM, multiple volumes) Flight crew training manual (FCTM) Standard operating procedures (SOP)...
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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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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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Do professional pilots have to show their passports every single time when flying back & forth between the same airports?

What process do pro pilots have to go through with their passports when on the clock? Are they afforded any shortcuts or do they have to go through security EVERY SINGLE TIME?
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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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If a pilot license is revoked by a country's aviation authority, can the pilot still obtain another license?

There was a recent new story of a Kuwait Airways pilot that got his license revoked after an investigation into an incident on an international flight where unauthorized persons were allowed on to the ...
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Have there been any attempts to standardise pay across different aircraft types?

TL;DR: I'm hypothesising the cockpit experience and pay in small aircraft vs larger aircraft is disproportionate to the risk and responsibility. I read the argument that pilot pay should be equal ...
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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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What is a typical ratio of airline pilots to aircraft?

Delta has about 800 aircraft for their current operations; how many pilots does the company have? What is a typical or average number of airline pilots employed per aircraft in the fleet?
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How important is it to have talent to become airline pilot?

The situation that led me to ask the question is as follows: I am a student pilot with only about 10 hours of flight time. I passed the aptitude and personality tests prepared by German Aerospace ...
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Can I fly internationally as a commercial pilot, without an ATP certificate?

Are commercial pilots allowed to fly internationally? Are Commercial Pilots required to take an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) program/training to fly internationally? And is a commercial pilot the ...
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Are flight attendants paid in the same way pilots are paid?

I understand that airline pilots are generally paid for their time "in flight", which means the clock starts when the aircraft begins to move away from the gate. Are flight attendants paid in the same ...
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What are good ways to gain experience and flying hours?

As a pilot who has just graduated, what are the ways to gain experience and flight hours? The first thing airline look at is your flight hours, they usually require 1200 hours. Is there any chance ...
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How similar/different are the roles performed by Military and Civil pilots?

Broadly, Military and Civil are the only two categories in which the Pilots can be classified on the basis of the roles performed by them. What are the similarities and differences in tasks performed ...
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Is there any airline company owner who also works as a pilot?

Do you know any airline company owner who holds ATPL licence and flies one of the company's aircraft occasionally in normal operations just because (s)he likes to do it?
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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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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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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 work besides flying planes does an airline pilot regularly do?

What are the typical non-aircraft duties for an airline pilot? By non-aircraft, I'm asking about time spent in the office, in meetings, training (whether in a simulator, class or other non-aircraft ...
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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 job opportunities are there for low time pilots in Malaysia?

Does a new pilot who has just obtained ATPL license has job opportunities? When I search at pilot job offered on Internet, they mostly required more than 3,500+ flying hours. What I knew about those ...
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What button is this pilot pressing with his thumb?

In this video (marker 4:23), what button is the pilot thumbing on the yoke?
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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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What would happen if the sole pilot dies while flying an aircraft? [closed]

An aircraft is flying in cruise flight on a long distance flight. The autopilot is turned off. The only occupant of the aircraft is the pilot. Suddenly that pilot dies, what will happen?
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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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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 is a typical working day like for an Australian airline pilot? [closed]

What is it like working for a domestic airline in Australia (e.g. Virgin, Regional Express, etc)? Obviously we're all here because we're interested in flying, but as for the practical aspects of ...
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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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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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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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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 ?