Questions tagged [flight-engineer]

The flight engineer is a flight-crew member, a position found on many older aircraft, who monitors and controls various aircraft systems but does not fly the aircraft.

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What would happen if the flight engineer is unavailable on a 747?

Consider a 747-100/200 with a 3 person crew: two pilots and one flight engineer. During the flight, the flight engineer suffers a medical problem and is unable to serve duty for the rest of the flight....
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Could a flight engineer fly a jet solo?

In modern two-engine planes, if one pilot is disabled, it's my understanding that the remaining pilot can safely fly and land the plane. But what about in aircraft like the 727, which had two pilots ...
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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 ...