The question Are pilots allowed to let passengers fly the plane? is interesting to read, noting that pilots are permitted to allow passengers to fly.
I recall an Air Crash Investigation episode where the pilot pretended to allow his son to manipulate the controls of an airliner, without realising the autopilot had been disconnected, resulting in an accident.
I'm wondering how commonplace this is? Is this an isolated incident?
On the flip-side, I've heard of at least 3 occasions where passengers have successfully landed planes.
No passengers have crashed an airplane while the pilot was letting them fly.
In this situation, the PIC crashed the plane because he didn't do his job as the captain and final authority for the safe operation of the airplane.
Letting a passenger fly would most likely be listed as a "contributing factor" by investigators looking into an accident where this happened, but responsibility for the crash lies squarely on the PIC.
Please see the transcript of Aeroflot 593
Overview: The pilot allowed his 12 year old and 16 year old children into the cockpit to sit in the pilot's seat of an Airbus A310. The older child's actions disconnected the autopilot. All aboard were killed when the crew was unable to recover from an unusual attitude after the autopilot disconnect.
The question Are pilots allowed to let passengers fly the plane? is interesting to read, noting that pilots are permitted to allow passengers to fly. I recall an Air Crash Investigation episode where the pilot pretended to allow his son to manipulate the controls of an airliner, without realising the autopilot had been disconnected, resulting in an accident. I'm wondering how commonplace this is? Is this an isolated incident? On the flip-side, I've heard of at least 3 occasions where passengers have successfully landed planes.
After answering this question on History.SE, I started to wonder if it would be possible to find out even more detail about the plane now that its serial number is known. I have no idea what kind of flight records the US Army Air Corps kept, however. I know most flight logs today are kept by pilot, but I imagine there would be some way to trace what pilots flew a particular plane. I have no idea if this is possible for USAAC trainer planes in the 1930s. Could I get access to these records? If so, how would I go about it? I'm mostly interested in seeing if I can find out more information
Following up on this question about pilots letting passengers fly the plane, suppose you’re in a Cessna 172 with passengers and you have your PPL. If you want to let a friend try flying the plane, you might climb to 3,000' AGL and get clear of other traffic. You’d probably get to $V_A$ or a little less and trim for level flight. Then, you might let them try some shallow turns. You’d probably say: Don’t fight me on the controls If I say let go, let go immediately Don’t move any of the controls very rapidly Don’t move any of the controls to their limits What else might you say
environment where in-flight safety of the crew and passengers would be affected. Were the actions (suspension of pilots and showcause notice to the airline) justified? Is a dancing cabin crew dangerous... aboard eight flights have cost SpiceJet heavily, with the DGCA issuing show cause notice to the airline and suspending two of its pilots. Here's another news link. One of the arguments made by the DGCA... of the pilots can be seen recording the dance on his camera. SpiceJet specially planned this event, and had extra cabin crew on-board the flight as a precaution. Also, during the dance, one of the pilots
, probably the first of the day. Having done walk-arounds for a Cherokee, I would like to think that I wouldn't allow such an event to happen on a small plane. On the other hand, I realize that it would be impossible to do a thorough inspection on, say, an Airbus A380. What is a typical preflight inspection checklist for a Dash 8 or similar plane? Would it have included, for example, a visual inspection of the flaps that would have allowed the snake to have been spotted?
for continues using pilots until they go to school, or stop flying at the end of the late grace month if they still haven't gone. The POI's have never complained about it. I feel like I must be missing... it in the calendar month in which it was required. ... So let's say that I completed initial training in March. This says that if I complete recurrent training in February or April that they consider the training to have been completed in March. So what happens if a year passes and recurrent training is due. I don't make it in February or March, but the company schedules me for recurrent
I'm interested in short, or trick, take-offs - such as from platforms, tall trees, etc. I think that I should have a wind speed and direction measure an understanding of my wing surface area This will let me add to my intuition from regular launches (from sites with known-good launch conditions), and estimate how much velocity I need to add via a run / push. The methodology to count the wind measure seem a bit more grey, right now. I can have a sense of the wind where I am, but it may quickly change beyond my launch site. Since I'm considering how to launch from a stationary
I think i've read that the B787 has a common type rating with the B767 and B777. But I also think I've read that pilots are only allowed to fly two types of aircraft at a time... So when they go to fly the 787, do they have to give up one of the their ratings if say they were previously allowed to fly the 767 and 777? Would the same still apply for say a B757 and B767 which have very similar flightdecks? EASA and FAA perspectives would be appreciated :)
On the question of Are pilots armed?, one thing this made me think is: for the few that are armed, are they allowed to bring their weapon into, for example, the UK? What is the procedure? Does the gun stay in the cockpit or does it need to be checked by security once on the ground? Presuming a pilot had to fire a gun over EU airspace, is he breaking the law?
STAR charts often have expected altitudes. For example: This is, of course, different from mandatory crossing altitudes, and it seems a STAR with only expected altitudes would be insufficient for ATC to issue a descend via clearance, though I could be wrong about the second part. Some charts say "VERTICAL NAVIGATION PLANNING INFORMATION" before the expected altitude, so my assumption is that these altitudes are strictly for planning purposes and allow a top of descent to be calculated. My questions are: When you enter the STAR in the the FMS, will it pre-populate the expected altitude