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User currently offlineThe Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1437 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1254 times:


Can a pilot be certificated and rostered on a non-type similar aircraft at once, eg. the A320 and B737? I don't think so, but some people tell me it is possible!

Could someone confirm either way please?


The Coachman

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User currently offlinePurdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1244 times:

Once a pilot is type-rated in an aircraft, (s)he is type-rated in that aircraft forever. For example, if a person flew as captain of a Beechjet prior to working for an airline, then as captain in 727, 737, and 777 during his airline career, then his pilot certificate would retain all of those type-ratings. In order for each rating to remain current, however, the pilot must have type-specific recurrent training in the type every year. I believe that a pilot who is typed in 2 different airplanes can do trining on each type every other year, but I'm not sure how that applies to pilots with more than 2 type ratings. The simple answer to the question is that, yes, a pilot can be type-rated in more than one aircraft at a time. Airlines, however, do not generally have pilots fly more than one aircraft type at any point in their careers.

User currently offlineNickV1r From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1233 times:

As purdue said, there is nothing preventing certification and currency on multiple types (at least not in the US, cant speak for the rest of the world). I have known a FEW pilots, usually management or instructor pilots who are "cross trained" on two types, but this was at smaller regional airlines. Most airline union contracts forbid the practice for line pilots. So even though you may transition from say 737 First Officer to 767 FO, and for a period of time be perfectly legal to serve on both aircraft, it is not allowed by company work rules. This is mainly safety driven. Most commercial airplanes have emergency checklists containing "memory items" for the worst situations, such as engine fire or failure. If you were flying two types regularly this could produce a hazardous situation if you have an engine come apart and cant remember which memory items to accomplish.
It is much better to know one type like the back of your hand than try to juggle two.

User currently offlineDelta737 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 517 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

Very true!

The captain whom I went through 737 training with years ago was typed on the 707 (KC-135), 727, 757/767 and was training for the 737 type rating.

I've only got a Beech 1900 type rating however. Go figure!

Doug Taylor
MD-90 FO

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