“They” have been talking for some time about single pilots flying widebody freighters. But all of a sudden the talk is no longer restricted to cargo aircraft. The theory was this: Technology could easily make single-pilot airliners possible, but the industry needs a non-controversial way of slipping the idea into the system. Freighters could provide […]
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To be fair, it didn’t take them long, and they must have been working on it already. I’m talking about the Civil Aviation Authority’s new training aid on the underrated art of monitoring the performance of the other pilot on the flight deck. Two blog entries before this one (starting with “…all the way to […]
Why two pilots on the flightdeck? Because it works? Actually it often doesn’t. One of the most frequently-cited examples of the failure of the multi-crew monitoring concept is the Eastern Airlines Lockheed TriStar accident back in 1972. On a night approach to Miami there was a problem with the landing gear indication, and the crew […]
The “pilot not flying” (PNF) is not such a humble role, according to developing wisdom. Even when it’s being carried out by the copilot. Besides which, PNF is now out of favour as a role description, replaced by PM (pilot monitoring). In the USA the latter has been common currency for a while, but it […]
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