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It Takes Two Pilots To Fly In Russia?  
User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2565 posts, RR: 53
Posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4059 times:

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I had a question, and if any Russian pilots are here I'd appreciate an answer. It appears that both pilots are flying the aircraft on final - the Captain has his left hand on the control wheel, and his right on the throttles. Yet the F/O also appears to be handling the aircraft with both hands on his control wheel. As an airline pilot, I've been taught for years that you don't have two people trying to fly the aircraft at the same time, because you would never be doing exactly the same thing at the same time, and would end up with neither one completely in control. Is there anyone here who can properly explain what's going on?

HAL


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User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

Looks like the FO just has his hand covering the yoke just in case something happens to the pilot

User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1514 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

Captain also has his thumb on a control button -- possibly radio; maybe he's just relaying landing clearance?


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User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2565 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3467 times:

Quoting 413X3 (Reply 1):
Looks like the FO just has his hand covering the yoke just in case something happens to the pilot

I'm not sure, since he seems to have a pretty good grip on it with his left hand. And either way (at least in the US), you are supposed to have only one person at a time holding the control wheel to prevent confusion. As an FO, you're always ready to take over in case something happens to the Captain, but you don't have your hand on the wheel.

Quoting VgnAtl747 (Reply 2):
Captain also has his thumb on a control button -- possibly radio; maybe he's just relaying landing clearance?

I think that's the autopilot disconnect button. The radio switch is usually on the forward side of the wheel, where your forefinger can activate it.

HAL



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