CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 11001 times:
Some airlines and some captains don't mind changing seats with first officers, I don't know what are the policies for this but one option could be give the first officer the chance to fly the plane from the seat one day he'll have. Just a curiosity, Howard Hughes ALWAYS loved to fly an airplane from from the right seat!!! One day when he was going to test fly the CV880 the Convair testing pilot asked if HH wanted to be in the left seat and he said he prefered to fly it from the right seat!
Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7438 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10723 times:
I took a QF flight (PER-HKG) a while back where the FO was on the last test flights before getting her 4th stripe. She was in the left seat with her 3 stripes and the other two pilots were 4 stripers. This could be the situation here and, if the guy did a good job, he might just stay in the left seat for a long time with that extra stripe.
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4553 posts, RR: 17 Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 10632 times:
In the recent fatal Pinnacle crash, the captain and f/o had changed seats prior to or during their goofing around.
It was quite clear from the testimony of the witnesses at the NTSB investigation that seat-switching of this nature was a direct violation of the approved procedures and was considered surprising and improper. I think that it is probable that it will be listed as a contributing factor in the accident, either independently or as part of the pilots' overall inattention to procedure.
Skyexramper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 10573 times:
By FAA definition the PIC (pilot in command) is the person who is properly rated at the controls however in the cause of a dual crew it is the person sitting in the left seat who is PIC or Captain. But then again maybe the airline hasn't gotten the new captain's epaulets or they are one of the few airlines that do in flight training without going to the sim.
Bond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 9 Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 10526 times:
Quoting Skyexramper (Reply 13): By FAA definition the PIC (pilot in command) is the person who is properly rated at the controls however in the cause of a dual crew it is the person sitting in the left seat who is PIC or Captain.
PIC has little or nothing to do with left or right seat. The right seat pilot could be PIC, and in fact during the time he is 'sole manipulator' of the controls, he can log PIC. The acting PIC can be the same or different pilot, and this is determined BEFORE the flight for Part 121 (and 135). This most likely is the Captain, but need not be. Therefore 2 pilots could be logging PIC at the same time - the 'acting PIC', and the PIC flying the plane.
....of course this has nothing to do with the question!
I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6282 posts, RR: 6 Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10308 times:
Quoting B744F (Reply 3): Or the Captain could be letting the FO get use to the "sidestick" on the left
There is no getting used to it. It is a very simple transition which takes a few hours in a sim to flying with your right hand to fly with your left hand.
The most likely reason is the FO in the left seat is getting training or he just sat there because it was pre-flight. Captain and FO walked out to greet pax and than FO walked in before captain and shut the plane down in the left seat and captain took a seat in the right seat.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3952 posts, RR: 36 Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 10130 times:
Quoting Sq212 (Reply 19): Less problem in this case if they're flying Boeing. Is Airbus the only manufacturer using the sidestick?
100% incorrect... whether you have a side stick or yoke.. if you fly from the left seat your left hand is on the yoke/stick and your right hand is on the thrust levers.... vice versa from the right seat. You fly with one hand. This is something that non-pilots have a very hard time understanding, it seems.
By the time you finish your upgrade simulator time, you're pretty much used to flying with the other hand already. At my airline after you complete your simulator training and start your line IOE for captain, you are wearing 4 stripes- unlike this picture. Airlines overseas tend to do things a bit different, though.
CO2BGR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 558 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10053 times:
I know at CO it is possible to see 2 F/Os in the flight deck but this would be only during cruise. This would happen on flights over 8 hours where a relief pilot is needed. This is legal because all F/Os at CO are type rated in the aircraft they fly.
Two Captains could be a number of things:
Check Airman giving IOE
Reserve CA filling in for the FO
Displaced CA who is a FO and is still alowed to wear 4 stripes
There are too many self indulgent weiners in this town with too much bloody money" Randal Raines- Gone in 60 Seconds
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4553 posts, RR: 17 Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10022 times:
Quoting XFSUgimpLB41X (Reply 20): if you fly from the left seat your left hand is on the yoke/stick and your right hand is on the thrust levers.... vice versa from the right seat
Slightly off topic, but...
Every rotorcraft I have flown is set up the same in the left and right seat; left hand on the collective, right hand on the cyclic; obviously different with fixed-wing, and really no big deal in fixed-wing to fly in either seat. Although it would of course be possible to fly with the other hand in a rotorcraft -- and one does hold the cyclic sometimes with the left hand while doing something with the right, somehow it seems less natural, without the same sense of touch, although that's maybe's just because I am right-handed. I wonder what the evolution of that concept is (besides the obvious issue of fixed-wing aircraft having a single set of thrust levers). Is the sense of -- for lack of better words -- balance and coordination necessary to hover something that folks decided would be too troublesome to learn ambidexterously and thus set up both seats with identical controls? Kind of like learning to play a guitar upside down or a drum set reversed? Or is it just kismet?
JRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4597 posts, RR: 51 Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9800 times:
Quoting FlySSC (Reply 6):
No way !!! The Captain is always on the left and the Co-pilot on the right.
I would back down a bit. I know from a HV captain that they used to be certified to fly from both the left AND the right seat, with the PF in the left seat and the PNF in the right seat. They dropped this due to the costs, not operational issues.
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
25 Mandala499: F/O flying from leftseat = Captaincy line training. Capt flying from right seat = Check Captain/instructor/becoming of these mentioned. B744F, What's
26 UA777222: Regardless the PIC is the PIC. The Capitan has the final say in any discussed matters regardless if they are right or wrong in their opinions/order. T
27 Sq212: Value your inputs. I know adjustments will not be a problem for pilots. Just like we're driving a right or left-handed cars where controls is other w