Ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1828 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 17 hours ago) and read 4097 times:
It has been strange because according to what I read, the PIC (Pilot in control) mainly conducts the ac functions so controlling while the pilot on the right side (usually) talks to the ATC.
However, I've seen this a few times on CX or KE but the PIC and the one talking changed.
For instance this is some conversation that I heard:
ATC: Korean xxx taxi into position and hold
KE: Korean xxx taxi into position and hold
ATC: Korean xxx cleared for take-off
KE:Cleared for take off Korean xxx
And the the plane is airborne
Then on the departure frequency, the pilot changes all of a sudden and says Korean xxx passing 1500 for 16000.
It was an obvious change because the pilot before take-off was Korean while the pilot after take-off was probably Caucasian based on the English I heard. The same thing happened on CX. They were approaching and it was a British pilot, and then when they were cleared to land, they were American. So does this swip-swap with pilots happen frequently?
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 17 hours ago) and read 4043 times:
I have seen this before and the swapping occurs during take-off or landing. For example, in the Korean example the initial contact with tower was made by the first officer, and after they were cleard for take off the first officer received control of the airplane and he was flying the take off roll. That is why once airborne another voice, of the captain, was heard.
In the landing example when they were cleard to land they probably switched the controls and the one not flying was American.
Fxra From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 716 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 16 hours ago) and read 4045 times:
ONe pilot (being the PIC or F/O) flys the plane, the other (non flying pilot) does the radio work. The companies i have worked for, they usually alternate legs. Its not designated all the time to one or the other.