MidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4016 times:
Could be any number of reasons, perhaps the F/O wanted time in the left seat, or the Captain wanted time in the right seat. All Captains are qualified to be First Officers, as somebody else mentioned, maybe the F/O was going to be upgraded and wanted to get some practise. Depending on what kind of aircraft, maybe it was the relief cruise pilot.
ChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1623 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3952 times:
One F/O said that no one can sit in that seat but the captain. I guess it is a company rule. If something goes wrong and the captain is not there, it's a problem. I can understand, he is ultimately responsible. They probably appreciate this rule. I'm sure there are exceptions.
Maybe he just hasn't gotten his new uniform or epaulet covers?
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3928 times:
"All Captains are qualified to be First Officers"
Not so, once they become a Captain they cannot carry out their duties from the right seat unless their company trains them to do so.
My previous company had a policy of training their Captains to fly from the right seat 6 months after their command, which gave them more flexibility with Captains on standby who were checked out in the right seat and so could replace a First Officer as well as a Captain.
Those who had just become Captains though could not occupy this seat.
A First Officer may not occupy the left seat unless on a command course, in my airline that invoves:
About 12 sectors as PICUS (In Command, under supervision) with a Training Captain but occupying his accustomed (right) seat.
5 Sim Details (familiarisation with LHS, LHS base check, LHS IRR, LHS AWOPS, Loss of all engines)
16 Sectors Route Training in the LHS, followed by a Route Check over 2 sectors by a Management Pilot
Every airline does it differently, but I guess this pilot is on his command route training. With any luck his 4th stripe will follow within a few weeks!
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...