Are airliner copilots just an unqualified apprentice?

Negative – I would call them assistant captains – since they are well qualified – The only difference, is somewhat less years of experience – They can take over, if the captain becomes incapacitated – When I was flying, I always invited the first officers to occupy the LH seat – And be the pilot […]

Read More

Why do American major passenger airlines have no cargo planes?

Separate companies are taking care of airfreight in the United States – Federal Express, UPS, Southern Air Transport, Kalitta Air are examples of cargo airlines – DHL and Airborne, Polar and Atlas are other cargo airlines – There were major passenger airlines with cargo airplanes in the past – Most of them stopped operating cargo […]

Read More

Is an aviation science certificate the same as a pilot’s license?

No. As others have said, a pilot license (properly called “pilot certificate” is issued to you by the government after you have the required training hours and have demonstrated proficiency in flying an airplane. “Aviation science” is a college program usually leading to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree which supposedly (but really doesn’t) prepares you […]

Read More

Why were there not many turboprop planes in the 50s and 60s?

Commercial jets got all the publicity, and hogged all the glamor. The public didn’t care if a jet (turbine) engine powered that prop or what, it was still an ”old fashioned” prop plane. There were a lot of very good and successful turbo props in the same years as 707s DC-8s CV 880s/990s revolutionized air […]

Read More

Is my plane crash scenario adequately plausible?

As others have pointed out, a plane certified by the FAA to carry 100-200 passengers won’t get “blown off course” by a strong wind. Additionally, no where in the United States will it take 1-2 months to find an aircraft that large. Especially with all the press attention is would certainly get. The NTSB would […]

Read More

Can a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) be converted to a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). If yes, how do i go about the conversion.?

You don’t “convert” any type of license to a commercial license. You get a commercial certificate by meeting the aeronautical experience requirements, preparing for and taking the knowledge exam, and lastly by preparing for and taking the practical and oral exam (also known as the check ride). The limitations on the Recreational Pilot would prevent […]

Read More