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Who does most the flying?

PhatAJ2008

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The captian or first officer? Who does the take-off's and landings? Does the captian have to or is it the crews choice?
 

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In my airplane, the FO flies the most. It's my choice. He is a young guy eager for the experience, so I let him have it.
 

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PhatAJ2008 said:
The captian or first officer? Who does the take-off's and landings? Does the captian have to or is it the crews choice?
In my airplane, we have a spelling contest. Whoever can correctly spell the title of the guy in the left seat gets the leg. :)





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TonyC said:
In my airplane, we have a spelling contest. Whoever can correctly spell the title of the guy in the left seat gets the leg. :)
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ha, someday ( with permission of course) i wanna use that. but instead of title, im gonna use last name, i sometimes cant spell my own, 7 letters
 

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TonyC said:
In my airplane, we have a spelling contest. Whoever can correctly spell the title of the guy in the left seat gets the leg. :)





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When I saw the title of this thread and that you had responded, I had an idea of what you were up to. :)
 

PhatAJ2008

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oh my god second spelling mistake in ten minutes...I give up
 

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Stifler's Mom said:
When I saw the title of this thread and that you had responded, I had an idea of what you were up to. :)
Hey, I'm just trying to live up to a reputation, now. I wouldn't want to disappoint any of my fans, right?

I could have said that we usually split the legs down the middle, and if there's an odd number on the pairing, we flip for the extra, but that wouldn't have been nearly as humorous, I dare say.

:)




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Liars all!!! Who does the most flying? The autopilot.

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I used to alternate legs, but if there was an odd leg I usually took it, which was logical because I almost always took leg 1. If I liked the FO I gave them the choice of taking the odd leg.

On some very long days, I sometimes forgot who had the last leg. The FO always knew, though, cuz they wanted legs. If I really liked the FO, sometimes I let them take the majority of legs.

Any airline people NOT alternate legs? Just curious, and what was the reason? This question does not include high mins, or company-required Captain legs.
 

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Same here

English said:
In my airplane, the FO flies the most. It's my choice. He is a young guy eager for the experience, so I let him have it.
Back in my Metroliner days I'd give away most of the flying because after 3000 hours in the stupid thing I just wasn't getting any better at flying it.

But I'd still trade the hand flying in cruise ever hour or so because we didn't have autopilots and that made for a very long day.

At my present gig, it seems the Capt takes the first leg....and then we switch crews...and the next Capt takes the first leg...and then we switch crews and... you get the point.
 

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Lead Sled said:
Liars all!!! Who does the most flying? The autopilot.

'Sled
Aye. Let "ole" George do it. Almost all of my time (charter and corporate) was single pilot, and man I loved it when insurance or whatever required a guy in the right seat of the old KingAir. He did everything.

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In my company it's the captain who gets the most PF sectors (and as such landings). It's the nature of longhaul flying that there are more than two pilots and since airlines are not totally stupid these extra pilots tend to be of the F/O variety (cheaper labour).

The captain gets a landing on every trip, the other sector being taken by the F/O who wins the coin toss.

Nobody said life was fair.
 

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Change at the outstations. That way, the FO isn't always landing at the hubs.
 

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TonyC said:
In my airplane, we have a spelling contest. Whoever can correctly spell the title of the guy in the left seat gets the leg. :)
Since the hiring standards are pretty rigid over at Smitty's flying club, are we to assume the captain doesn't get any leg?
 

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Change at the outstations. That way, the FO isn't always landing at the hubs.
I agree. That's the best way to do it so the same person isn't stuck always landing at the hub. But mostly, from what I've seen, you simply alternate legs unless you're going into a special airport or something. That way, both pilots gets their fair share of legs.

I've been told that alot of business jet operators only let the captain fly unless the plane is empty. What's up with that? Sometimes new FO's never fully gain confidence until they fly regular revenue legs.
 
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Most of my flying is single-pilot, so I do most of the flying (well, George does). On trips where we have two pilots, we each fly half the day out of left seat.
 

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FN FAL said:
Since the hiring standards are pretty rigid over at Smitty's flying club, are we to assume the captain doesn't get any leg?
Since the Captain proctors the test, he gets as many legs as he deserves. :)







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I have the F/O fly to the outstations:

1. The hubs are easier!
2. I can play "quarterback" and monitor what's going on.
3. All I ever did as an F/O was land at the hubs....
4. F/O's seem to appreciate it; and happy F/O's tend to look out for the Old Man a little better.
5. Getting the smaller paycheck AND the least-interesting flying doesn't seem fair to me.
 

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We change at the outstations, for the reason stated above. But I've had a few cool captains that let me fly if I have never been to a particular airport.
 
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