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Questions tagged [pilots]

For questions specifically pertaining to pilots themselves, rather than aircraft or flying; use [career] instead where applicable.

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Are commercial pilots ranked or graded different?

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 pilot of, say Boeing ...
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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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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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How can pilot remember when or where to do tasks such as changing radio frequency and change fuel tank? [duplicate]

As a student pilot, I sometime forget tasks such as changing radio frequency after reaching a location or switching fuel tank in long navigation. These tasks happen in specific time or location ...
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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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How can I find my grandmother's OLD instrument rating documentation?

This is my grandmother, Nathalie Myrtle Brown: The big-eared kid she's posing with is my dad. She has a claim to fame in that she was the first female instrument-rated pilot in the state of Iowa, a ...
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Fine for operating not single-pilot certified jet with one pilot

Are there any clear-cut fines for flying an aircraft like a Global 5000 which is not single-pilot certified by a single pilot? And what would be the probability of being caught and how would they ...
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Is fuel balancing done automatically?

Is the balacing of the fuel in the wings of an aircraft like A320 done automatically or does it have to be done manually by the pilot. If it is done manually does the pilot eyeball the balancing ?
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What is the youngest age allowed to fly any sort of plane in the USA?

I have wondered this for quite some time, but what is the youngest age to fly any sort of plane in the USA? Does it also vary on what type of plane you're flying? (Commercial, Private, Training.)
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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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What is the correct ATC phraseology for tower to clear a practice approach?

If you have an aircraft (training flight) that is doing practice instrument approaches and ATC is notified that they will fly the approach and then go missed, what is the correct phraseology for the ...
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Pilot's license for ENFP? [closed]

I'm an ENFP and really interested in getting my private pilot's license. I was wondering - are there ay other ENFP pilots out there? If so, do you like being a pilot? I'm afraid I might get bored with ...
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A pilot faces a medium-term loss of their medical. What can they expect?

This closely related question asks about what options a pilot has when facing a permanent loss of medical. However, not all disqualifying conditions are permanent. Maybe you got an interesting ...
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What are the most challenging taxi manoeuvres that a typical commercial airline pilot must execute?

I am currently involved in a University level modelling excercise which looks to investigate the handling qualities of a novel nose wheel steering system. As part of this study, I am interested in ...
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What is your responsibility when a distraught pilot is on frequency?

I found the recent SeaTac incident with a suicidal pilot frightening. I myself remember being in very bad places mentally, and it got me to wonder what I should do if someone is on frequency, making ...
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Where can I take ICAO Aviation English proficiency test?

Do you know some pages which listing the place I can take ICAO Aviation English proficiency test or useful pages? I sent e-mail to ICAO and search it many times. But, still I can not obtain good ...
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How can one calculate the maximum instantaneous bank angle a plane can do in a certain time? [duplicate]

I know that there is a limitation to do an instantaneous banking angle a plane can do. These limitations are due to the airplane (infrastructure - aerodynamics) and limitation on the pilot (due to his ...
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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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Height Loss In Descend with increase in altitude [closed]

Will the physical height lost in 3D would be same if I descend with 500 fpm from 2000 to 1000 feet compared to descend with 500fpm from 20000 to 19000
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Is there statistical evidence of the benefits of CRM?

Seeing there's apparently now a consideration towards allowing single pilot commercial aircraft, I figured a fairly good counterpoint would be the benefits gained from crew resource management (which ...
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Why doesn't G-force knock this pilot out twice?

In this video an F-16 goes into a dive after the pilot loses consciousness. The Auto-GCAS corrects to avoid a crash, and the pilot regains consciousness and pulls up even harder. Why doesn't he pass ...
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Can I become a pilot if I have a medical/dental problem?

Can I become a pilot if I have a dental problem (I don't have 6teeth I have artificial one) and I broke my chin bone I have a steel plate there and I really want to become a pilot is this okay? can I ...
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Why isn't there a single start button for all systems on aircraft?

Why is it that airliners and aircraft do not have a single start button for all systems? On TV etc., I noticed that pilots pressing buttons above and below forward and sideways, mostly above though, ...
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What skills do aviators have uniquely that could cross over to another industry? [closed]

I have developed sensitivities to several chemicals used in aerospace. I have to make a shift away from our industry, so I would like to know what are qualities in aviators that would be unique and ...
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Why does flying not have any age restrictions like driving does?

I read an autobiography about Vicki Van Meter, who, with her instructor, flew across the United States at age 11 in 1993. Why could someone of that age not drive with the instructor? Does it have to ...
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What action should the pilot take when a TCAS RA (Resolution Advisory) provides opposite guidance to ATC instructions?

If a TCAS Resolution Advisory (RA) specifies a "Climb," but in response to the same potential traffic threat, ATC issues instructions to "Descend" what course of action should the pilot/crew take?
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What are the role and responsibilities of “fleet captains”?

I understand that fleet captains are usually experienced airline captains that take over this management position and deal with training, staffing and administration of a particular aircraft type (or ...
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Are there any “captains-only” airports in the U.S.?

Some airports in the world only allow captains to take off or land the aircraft, due to airport design or environmental conditions (obstacles, high winds). Examples include: Funchal (Madeira, ...
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Are pilots over the age of 65 allowed to act as PIC for ferry flights between the UK and Canada?

I have been informed that I'm not allowed to act as PIC for a ferry flight to and from the UK for a Canadian commercially-registered transport aircraft that I currently fly in Canada for charter ops. ...
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Under what circumstances can Part 91 allow compensation for air transportation?

Can a commercial pilot fly passengers for hire without an air carrier certificate, considering that the aircraft is owned by a private company that hires the pilot and the plane has room for 5 ...
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Why does one announce “Thrust Set”?

I have watched many aircraft takeoffs now where the flight deck announce 'Thrust Set', just after the engines are set to full. Forgive the dumb question, but why does one announce that the thrust is ...
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Is it really required for a pilot to have good eye sight? [closed]

My basic knowledge says that it is not necessary for a pilot to have good eye sight, he can use spectacles. In an article I came to know that : The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority state the ...
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What is the maximum legal flight time for single pilots under Part 91/135 operations?

I'm referring to FAA Part 91 and 135 operations (or similar, EASA) and the maximum duration of one single flight (not the maximum duty time per day / week / month). If any, what are the legal flight ...
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How to become a commercial pilot? [duplicate]

I really want to become a commercial pilot but I've no knowledge of science and mathematics(especially maths). I've even failed my 12th science exam in physics and chemistry already but passed in ...
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Can different airliners of the same type feel different to a pilot?

(There's a related question Do two of the same model of aircraft feel different to fly? already. But: It's not about airliners, and most of the answers concern other aircraft. Not one of the answers ...
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Does a glider pilot with a PC canopy need to protect himself from UV radiation?

I and several of my glider pilot friends are developing skin cancers. I am looking for information about the risk. Canopy tints or polymer types that provide protection would be important to know.
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Does the FAA maintain pilot records from before 1998? [duplicate]

I have held a PPL with an instrument rating since 1999, and I am desperate to continue, but I lost my logbook. Is there any way to get records from the FAA about my total flying time? I contacted my ...
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How do single GA pilots prevent boredom during long flights? [duplicate]

My question somehow relates to this question asking about how pilots cope with boredom, but now the scenario is not the typical airliner configuaration with two pilots, but with only one. I'm thinking ...
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What are the defining characteristics of aviator glasses?

The title pretty much says it all. It's easy to find pages for resellers of aviator glasses or aviator sunglasses, but what are the defining characteristics of these as compared to ordinary glasses ...
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How do pilots protect their necks in jet fighters?

My uncle once told a story of a pilot forgetting to strap his neck, which snapped mid-flight and the plane crashed. How do pilots strap their neck properly?
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Can I get a 20/40 requirement waiver after cataract lens replacement?

I have had lens replacement surgery and now one eye is focused at 16” (close, reading distance)and the other eye is focused at a distance. I have 20/20 vision both at 16” and at distance as long as ...
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What to do to maintain my Spanish ULM (GA) gyroplane licence valid in the USA when moving there?

I have an ultralight gyroplane (GA) Spanish license. What sort of conversion or validation process do I need to follow to be able to continue flying after moving to the USA?
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How do airline pilots relieve the physical stress and discomfort of sitting for long periods of time?

Airline pilots are required to sit in the cockpit for quite a considerable amount of time during their day. For example, during the preflight, climb and descend portions of the flight, there are many ...
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Why do ATC displays use flight data sent by the aircraft they are tracking?

Why does ATC use data coming from an aircraft itself instead of using the readings from the airport radar? Also could Aeroperú 603 have been saved if the pilots had ignored the pitot static altitude ...
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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 the pilot in command sits on the left? [duplicate]

Is it a rule? Why left? I mean why the pilot in common sits on the left? What is the superiority of the left side?
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What are the odds that I'm the next most qualified pilot on a given flight? [closed]

On a given flight, let's say a commercial flight with about 100 passengers and a few flight attendants, what are the odds that I (or any other individual) am the most qualified person to fly the plane,...
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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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Does having a halo effect after LASIK disqualify you from being a pilot for the Air Force or commercial pilot?

I had LASIK a while ago and I have some halo effects when I look at lights at night, and was wondering if that alone is something that would disqualify me from being a pilot for the Air Force or an ...
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What, exactly, is a “co-pilot”?

When I speak of a co-worker, or a co-driver, I'm speaking of a mutual relationship and status (that's simply how the prefix co works in normal English) and I'm pretty sure it's what most people mean ...