Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1400 times:
I would expect any transport category pilot to be able to land any category transport plane. Some of the 727 pilots might have trouble with some of the new system, but nothing they could not be talked through by a chap on the ground. I am not saying they could grease it in but they could get it down.
I also see no problems with the sidestick, infact I would put my money on when the plane is on short final the pilots would not be aware of the difference.
Saab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1610 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1308 times:
I agree with Iainhol that any qualified airline pilot could fly it, especially with help from the ground. The flight would be mostly autopilot flown, maybe even autoland, and they all work very similarly. In the extremely unlikely event that something like this happened, it is likely that the plane would be vectored to a field with VMC and the pilot might make an autoland or maybe not and he would fly the thing a bit by hand to get the feel for it. But I have no doubt that any good pilot of a large airliner could fly any other large airliner if his life depended on it.
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
Despite what A and B fans might think, airplanes are all very similar in nature. They are designed with the same principles. Knowing all the basics, and having airline experience, yes, I do believe that any airline pilot with some experience could get any other airline down safely. They might have to do a go around, and they will need to know what the stall speeds are, etc, but in the end, they'll get the aircraft on the ground.
All modern airliners have similar flight characteristics, they do similar things when they stall, etc etc.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
JvW From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1239 times:
Both the B777 and the Airbus A340 can land themselves when programmed correctly; I would imagine that someone on the ground could tell the 'new' pilot how to do this and just let the aircraft do the landing...
LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1231 times:
JvW came up with the perfect solution. Which just proves the KISS principle.
But let us say that the incidental pilot wants to hand fly the plane down - I say of course he will land it safely. Just think - an A340 driver in a B777 driver's seat (or vice verca): How resistible is that?
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 918 times:
I would expect any reasonably skilled pilot to actually be handle the job. Transport pilots would have it the easiest, of course.
But the truth is, training (and type-specific training) is largely about extreme issues -- when the aircraft systems malfunction. Flying an "all engines" approach, even in poor weather, isn't that bad. The toughest thing would be figuring out the autopilot controls, but the truth is, if you can disconnect it (and usually that's really simple), you should be able to hand fly the plane safely.
You set up your approach early, get on your airspeed, and fly down the glideslope. You might even get a greaser out of it.