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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Why does the US not have AIREPs?

After looking into aircraft report data at Aviation Weather Center, I realized that PIREP is usually reported inside of US; on the other hand, AIREP is typically reported outside of US. I was ...
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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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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 ...