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Is 3 crew cockpit safer than 2 crew?

No aircraft ever had more than two pilots (on duty at the same time). The additional flight crew members were flight engineer, navigator and radio operator. Dedicated radio operators were only ...
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What do flight attendants do if a passenger asks what is going on in case of a potential emergency?

What's the general protocol for cabin crew, when asked by passengers who notice potential issues like this and get curious? The flight crew and pilots are under no obligation to inform the ...
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Why do extra flight crew members sit in the cockpit during takeoff/landing?

There'a a few reasons for this: Safety: During takeoff and landing, everyone should be buckled into a secure seat. They have these seats in the cockpit, and in large aircraft, they're actually very ...
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Are there any active aircraft remaining that require a 5 person flight crew?

The An-124 is listed as requiring a crew of 8: pilot, copilot, navigator, chief flight engineer, electrical flight engineer, radio operator, and two loadmasters. This includes all of the roles on your ...
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How did the 737 become a 2-crew plane?

Excerpt from "First-Hand: Evolution of the 2-Person Crew Jet Transport Flight Deck" Early in the preliminary design effort, Boeing had taken a careful look at the in service performance and ...
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Other than the rest areas for the crew - what else is in the 'attic' of an aeroplane?

The “attic” is mostly unused. The area above the passenger cabin is also called the crown area. Some aircraft do use part of it for crew rest areas. That area can also used to route electrical wiring, ...
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What do flight attendants do if a passenger asks what is going on in case of a potential emergency?

What if a passenger really insists on knowing what's going on? As always, it depends. Let's briefly summarize the possibilities here: Passenger spotted an issue which the crew is unaware of. ...
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How can I communicate an emergency de-pressurization descent to the cabin as a passenger?

A couple of things that get drilled into you in first aid or emergency response training is 'if you aren't part of the solution you're part of the problem', second is 'don't become a casualty.' In ...
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Why does the Antonov 225 needs 6 crew members?

A quick search points to the following being part of the crew Pilot Co-pilot 2x Flight engineers: one on the engine controls; I am not sure of the purpose of the second one but a good guess is ...
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What do flight attendants do if a passenger asks what is going on in case of a potential emergency?

Flight crew are the two in the cockpit. They would Aviate, Navigate and Communicate in that order. In large commercial plane they are separate from passenger by a cockpit door so they won’t know about ...
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How is the crew rest area on the A350 accessed?

It looks like your image came from this article, since they have the exact same one. According to Boeing, this is the most practical place, and Airbus has finally decided they agree. For the first ...
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Can a F/O declare "My plane" to the Captain?

Pretty much every FO struggles with this. Technically yes, in the extreme case. If the actions of the capt are about to get everybody killed or otherwise endanger the aircraft, the FO is supposed to ...
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How can I communicate an emergency de-pressurization descent to the cabin as a passenger?

I’ve been a passenger on a plane in an emergency depressurization. The first thing to realize is that everything happens amazingly fast. Even as a (GA) pilot myself, it was almost over before I even ...
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What is the work routine of a boomer operator in a refueling aircraft?

The boom operator (or boomer) can freely move around the aircraft. The boom operator position is usually accessible from the cargo hold and the operator can use the opening to move from his/her ...
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How can I communicate an emergency de-pressurization descent to the cabin as a passenger?

Best thing you can do is remain calm, and let the trained personnel handle the situation. Panic is a state of mind impenetrable to reason, and you being a random person amongst passengers will ...
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Can a F/O declare "My plane" to the Captain?

Yes, the FO is allowed to take over control from the captain on his own initiative, if the circumstances justify it. One case that I know off where it saved the day was this incident of Lufthansa. ...
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Are there any active aircraft remaining that require a 5 person flight crew?

Older C-130's, the H models (with 4-blade props, distinct from the J-model Herks with 6 or 8-blade props) nominally have a crew of 5: 2 pilots, a flight engineer, a navigator, and a loadmaster. That ...
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What do airline pilots eat on a flight, and when?

Having had a 30 year career as an airline pilot I could probably answer this question. Back when Airlines were still traditionalist in the 70's and 80's, our Airline had no restriction on what or ...
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Are Ground Crew Airline or Airport Personnel?

Ground crew are typically employed by a handling agency, which is a company dedicated to performing ground handling of aircraft (exactly the things you describe). Some airports have several different ...
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Why do cargo flight companies reposition their crew via passenger airlines?

Reposition is just what it sounds like, to move a crew from one place to another, generally the move occurs in a plane other than the one they are slated to fly. Both cargo and passenger airlines ...
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Other than the rest areas for the crew - what else is in the 'attic' of an aeroplane?

The "attic" elsewhere is overhead luggage bins, as on most airliners. See the fuselage cross-section (circle, top right) and #47 in this cutaway of an A350-900, which also notes the crew ...
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Is 3 crew cockpit safer than 2 crew?

Back before satellite navigation, affordable inertial navigation systems and small digital computers people had to do the tasks which are now automated. Navigation on long overwater flights was done ...
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Why is Heraklion airport a 'captains only' airport?

Like a lot of things on the TV programme it was glossed over and out of sequence. It is captains only due to terrain, weather, circling 09, lighting or lack thereof, upslope. Here are the threats ...
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Is the air in aircraft cabin toxic?

It seems this is a fairly new issue cropping up and I have been able to find some credible research on the topic (i.e. from official aviation authorities and not news outlets or lawyers websites...) ...
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Do any modern aircraft require 3 crew on the flight deck?

I don't think there is any aircraft designed since 2000 which requires a flight crew of more than two people. It's hard to prove a negative, but historically only larger aircraft required more than ...
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Are there any active aircraft remaining that require a 5 person flight crew?

The Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bomber is still in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces. It usually carries a crew of 6 to 7; pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, communications system operator, ...
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Why is Heraklion airport a 'captains only' airport?

Heraklion is regularly included in a list of the Scariest/Most challenging/Unique (pick your adjective) runways in the world. Most in this list are obvious why they feature. For example: The ...
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