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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 hydraulic and electric system monitoring, based on his proximity to the circuit breaker panel (source, scroll down for a 3D photograph of the flight deck). Navigator: ...


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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 handling agencies. Have you ever noticed, when waiting for your luggage to arrive at an airport, that there are several different help desks to choose from, ...


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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 when we ate. Though not put on board especially for us there were usually enough meals left over that we got passenger meals. (Though the Flight Attendants often ...


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Typically, both pilots will set up "their" stuff as prescribed in the airline SOP's, and then the checklist will be called for. At my airline, the captain has certain switches that he sets and certain systems that he checks -- generally things on his side of the overhead panel along with his flight instruments -- and the FO does likewise. The FO performs ...


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I'm oversimplifying a bit, but more or less the DAL level of a piece of software is decided by asking the question, "What is the worst that could happen if this software fails to operate as designed?" Note that "failure" in this case could mean that it simply stops working, but it could also mean that it does the wrong thing, like pitch up when it should ...


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It’s not an official/legal tag. Just a reminder for ground crew. At my company, luggage handlers unloading checked in luggage from the cargo will leave the bag near the aircraft (to be picked up by the crew) rather than bring it in to the terminal through the normal luggage flow. The ideea being that bag belongs to a crew member (active or positioning) and ...


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