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The staff on-board an airplane, including pilots and flight attendants.

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Where would you smell the extensive use of cigarettes in the cockpit of an A321? [closed]

Last night I flew on a A321 and midway during the 2.5hrs flight I went to the rear right toilet. It strongly smelt like hefty cigarette smell, but not like anybody would have smoked in there. I had ...
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Did British Airways or Air France use Professional Flight Engineers on Concorde?

Did British Airways or Air France use Professional Flight Engineers (non-pilot PFEs) on Concorde or were the flight engineers required to be pilots (not necessarily qualified to fly Concorde) who ...
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Do any modern aircraft require 3 crew on the flight deck?

These days, most (all?) airliners require 2 pilots at any given time. However, until the 1980s, many airliners required more crew on the flight deck than this (5 for the Lockheed Constellation and 3 ...
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How can I communicate an emergency de-pressurization descent to the cabin as a passenger?

Hypothetical scenario. I'm on a commercial airliner (A320) as a passenger, sitting by the wings. We are cruising at 32,000. The oxygen masks suddenly drop down and the nose pitches down heavily, ...
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What were the common crew ranks on WWII US Navy flying boats and bombers?

I have been trying to figure this out for some time, but have not had much luck elsewhere. I have found info on USAAF bombers, and what ranks the crewmembers often had, but nothing for larger navy ...
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What is the ratio of standby crews to flying crews?

Section 4.O of the FedEx Collective Bargaining Agreement discusses how pilots are to be compensated for being on standby. From what I can tell they basically get paid a "trip guarantee" that is close ...
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Why do cargo flight companies reposition their crew via passenger airlines?

U.S. airlines prepare plans to virtually shut down domestic service amid outbreak : Coronavirus This will cause massive issues for cargo as well. Cargo operators use commercial airlines to ...
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Can a F/O declare "My plane" to the Captain? [duplicate]

Let's presume an airline flight piloted by 2 people: the Captain (assuming PIC role) and the F/O. Is the F/O allowed to take manual control over the Captain actions? Under what circumstances? Could ...
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Are Ground Crew Airline or Airport Personnel?

Are ground crews (baggage, tug operators, fuel, aircraft parking guides, etc.) hired by the airline or by the airport authority? I’ve always been curious. What are the norms worldwide vs US? Small ...
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What DAL are Humans?

I am no expert at the Development Assurance Process, but hypothetically speaking what Design Assurance Level (DAL) would a human pilot receive if they were classified as one (i.e. DAL A, B, C, D, E). ...
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How exactly are checklists shared between the pilots?

Plane startups are shared between the crew But how exactly? Does the captain do the startup and then ask the copilot if everything is correct? How exactly does it work? Is it aircraft specific or ...
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How are crews managed after a diversion (far from hub)?

While reading one of the reports of flight diversion, I started thinking about how airlines manage aftermath of the diversion especially for long haul transatlantic flights. Many of the reports say ...
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Why does the Antonov 225 needs 6 crew members?

Why does the Antonov 225 need 6 flight deck crew? What are they called and what do they do?
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What's the purpose of airline CREW tags? [closed]

I see it sometimes on airline crew luggage, but not always. I see these come with airline name, sometimes airline base code and large CREW. What is the purpose of these airline crew tags? After all, ...
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What happens when a person dies during the flight? What kind of procedures exist regarding deceased passenger on board? [duplicate]

I was just reading about a young woman who died on the long haul flight from LA to Melbourne. Heartbreaking. Young life cut short. RIP. But this horrible situation made me wonder about a presence of a ...
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How was the navigation managed on jetliners before having programmable routes?

This in-flight photo provides a look into the pre-FMS era (also pre-INS), i.e., not having a programmable route. How was the navigation managed back then? (Question limited to 2-crew jetliners, or ...
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Is the air in aircraft cabin toxic?

I just listened to the recent BBC podcast episode Aerotoxicity: the hidden dangers of flying and there were interesting claims there: Cabin air in modern passenger aircrafts comes directly from ...
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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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co-pilot incapacitation: land alone or with a passenger-pilot?

Pilots are trained to safely fly the aircraft in case of co-pilot incapacitation: "A commercial aircraft can be landed with one pilot at the control and Delta pilots are fully trained to do so if ...
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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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Why is there a cutout in the pilot seat (looking as if it had separate "legs")? [duplicate]

Why is there a gap in the seat (between the legs)? What function does it have?
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Why do extra flight crew members sit in the cockpit during takeoff/landing?

I have observed this many times for long haul flights where they have extra cockpit crew: during takeoff they all gather in the cockpit and then disperse to their rest areas. They meet again somewhere ...
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What are the factors behind crew pairing and crew rostering?

What are the factors to be taken in to consideration for crew pairing and crew rostering?
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How do flight crews handle a death aboard a commercial aircraft? [duplicate]

Kinda a morbid subject I know, but whether a prince or a street sweeper, we all dance with the Grim Reaper - sooner or later. And there’s no reason he cannot visit you at 30,000 feet, if it’s your ...
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How airlines are calculating crew member's payroll? [closed]

What methods are used by the airlines to calculate the payroll of a commercial airline crew member? Does it always depend on the number of flight hours in the period, the number of duty days, or some ...
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With similar weapons why does an AH64 Apache require a pilot and gunner when the A10 Warthog only needs a pilot?

The Apache has a 30mm chain gun. It carries Hellfire (anti armor), Stinger/Sidewinder (air to air) and Hydra (air to ground, APKWS guidance package available) missiles. source The Warthog has a ...
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Why would pilots get special cups?

This Reddit post shows a picture of a disposable cup that is labeled specifically for use by pilots only: Is that seriously a thing? If so, why? There's some explanation in that discussion thread ...
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Does the crew have a professionally mandated responsibility to inform passengers of a potentially fatal emergency?

This follows on from the question here on an incident wherein a passenger asked crew about an aberrant situation during a flight. Gathering from the answers to the question, flight crew's priority is ...
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What do flight attendants do if a passenger asks what is going on in case of a potential emergency?

This is related to, but not the same as, another question I asked on Interpersonal Skills. I was on a flight last year, on a route I fly on a fairly frequent basis. Shortly after takeoff, I heard the ...
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Is recurrent simulator training required every 12 months whilst acting as SIC under Part 91?

What are the regulations on recurrent training for a crew member who is type rated as PIC but is acting as SIC, flying internationally on a Bombardier Global Express Part 91 operation (not subpart K)? ...
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What is the maximum number of cabin crew members on an A320 load sheet?

What is the maximum allowable number of cabin crew members to be mentioned on the load sheet for A320, with respect to weight and balance? And does the number of deadheading crew members add to this ...
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What does "Crew: Top of your mind!" mean in commercial aircrafts?

On a flight this year in Europe, the pilot or co-pilot announced midflight "Crew: Top of your mind!" via the loudspeakers. The crew didn't visible react on that and I couldn't notify any change in the ...
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What policies, technologies, equipment, etc is used to mitigate liquid spills in the cockpit especially during turbulence?

While reading this stack exchange question about waterproofing cockpits, I wondered what common industry practices as well as personal practices are in place to mitigate spills and damage. Type of ...
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What are the crewing requirements for a B787 flying LAX to SIN?

I’m wondering what the crew size, and rest requirements for the flight crew of a Boeing 787-9 flying LAX to SIN (Flight number UA37).
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Why is Heraklion airport a 'captains only' airport?

I was recently watching "EasyJet: Inside The Cockpit" and it said pilots need 4 shoulder stripes to land at Heraklion International Airport, “Nikos Kazantzakis” (IATA: HER, ICAO: LGIR), but it didn't ...
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What is the exact definition of a "crew duty day"?

How do you define a crew duty day? When does it start and when does it end? Also what are the legal limits (in other words how long can a crew duty day last in terms of hours)?. Edit: Here is a link ...
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Flying to Paro, Bhutan requires a special crew, what are the regulations? [duplicate]

I would like to fly from Geneva to Paro, Bhutan on Gulfstream GIV-SP. I was informed that I have to take a specialized pilot from Delhi. Can anyone guide me what are the formalities and what are the ...
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A330 flown by low cost airline - is 8 cabin crew really all they have?

I'm reading the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report on an incident involving an AirAsia X A330 (PDF). The flight in question was intended to be Sydney to Kuala Lumpur so something like a ten to ...
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How did the 737 become a 2-crew plane?

In 747-400 documentaries it's often said that the switch from 3- to 2- crew cockpit is attributed to the digital displays that present only the relevant information, combined with the FMS. Little to ...
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Can flight crew book tickets for themselves, on the same flight?

Is it possible that flight crew book a ticket for themselves, for say utilizing their rest time better (like Emirates offers mid air shower to first class passengers, but not to crew)?
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Are there different configurations of cabin crew seating arrangement for one aircraft model?

In many airlines, cabin crew are shown to be sitting in different areas. Is it common for airlines to offer different seating configurations for a particular airline model? Also, are there any ...
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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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Can a pilot work flight engineer's station?

In kinda reverse of Did Flight Engineers progress to be pilots? In three-crew cockpit can a person qualified as pilot work in the position of flight engineer? Does a flight enginner have different ...
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Is 3 crew cockpit safer than 2 crew?

Today, commercial aircraft cockpit is manned by 2 pilots, previously it was 3 to 5. Is safety compromised in any way?
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How is the crew rest area on the A350 accessed?

As per this image of the A350, the crew rest areas have been placed on the top of the fuselage. How can this be possible and how would the crew get into the rear one since it seems that it is placed ...
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What is the work routine of a boomer operator in a refueling aircraft?

This is a boomer operator: (source by John E. Lasky - United States Air Force) If he is not refueling an aircraft, or the plane is not on a refueling mission, what is he doing? Is he sitting in that ...
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What is the relation between number of crew members (pilots and attendants) and fleet size in airlines?

Taking into account relevant elements like the fleet size or the type of flights (short or long haul, passengers or cargo, ...), do airlines use typical ratios between the number of aircraft and the ...
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What do pilots do to prevent DVT?

I was reading an article on deep vein thrombosis in air travel. It seems that the problem is more prevalent than one would think. A great deal of effort goes into preventing planes from crashing but ...
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Why does the F-35 Lightning II have only 1 crew when the F/A-18 Hornet had 2? [duplicate]

Many successful fighter aircraft, eg F/A-18 Hornet, have 2 crew (pilot and navigator), which (from my albeit limited research) gave great benefit in complex situations especially involving ground ...
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