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All You Wanted To Know About Cockpit Commonality  
User currently offlineAM From Mexico, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 589 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1697 times:
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Hi everyone,

I've been doing some research through many topics in both the civil and the technical forums, and I gathered as much information as I could on the subject of flight deck commonality. My purpose with posting all this information is that if any of you detects mistakes, you can let us all know, so that we have no more doubts on this issue. Here I go:

AIRBUS

A300/A310

The classic A300 has no commonality with the A310. However, the newer A300-600 shares type rating with the 310.

A320 Family

One type rating for the A318/319/320/321.

A330/A340

One type rating (pretty cool, huh?). Only aircraft types with different number of engines and one same rating.

The A320 family and the A330/A340 DON'T share type rating. Nevertheless, transitioning to each other is very quick and not expensive.


BOEING

737

OK this is not too simple. There are three different "families", each with its own cockpit. There's the 737-200, the 737-300/-400/-500, and the 737NG. I had always thought each family had its own type rating, but now I know that it's pretty much up to the airline. The best example is Southwest. WN pilots hold one type rating for all their 737s, which means they can fly every -200, -300, -500 and -700 in the fleet. Another example is Continental. One type rating for the -300, -500, -700 and -800. However, the -900 is in a different group for them.

747-200/747-300

One type rating

757/767

One type rating for all 757s and ALL 767s. For example, Continental pilots hold one rating for the 757-200, 757-300, 767-200 AND 767-400. They can fly Honolulu-Houston in the 767-400 one day and Houston-Newark in the 757-200 the next day. The exception here I believe is Delta, they have the 767-400 as an independent type.

777-200/777-300

One type rating.

The 767-400 and the 777 DON'T have the same type rating, but transitioning from the 767-400 to the 777 is much easier than transitioning from a 767-200 or -300.


McDonnell Douglas

DC9/MD80/MD90

One type rating for series 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50. The DC9-81/-82/-83 have a different type rating, which can be shared with the MD87/88 with differences training. The MD90 type rating can be shared with the MD88's, like in Delta's case. I believe some US Airways senior pilots could fly the DC9s AND the MD80s. (They don't have DC9s anymore, right?).


Remember, let us all know if you find any mistake here.

Cheers,
AM


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User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

united is the same way with co

if you fly the 757 you can also fly the 767.


User currently offlineAM From Mexico, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 589 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1602 times:
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I forgot to include the new Airbus A340-500/-600, which share type rating with the 342/343.


"... for there you have been and there you will long to return."
User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Also, the 737NG and 777 have very similar cockpit layouts, so moving from the 737NG to the 764 or 777 is really easy.

User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

I just met Delta F/O 757. He told me that he flies 757, 767-200,300 and ER, too.

Big777jet




User currently offlineF+ Rouge From France, joined May 2000, 210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

Some additional information concerning commonality between Airbus wide- and narrowbodies: A Cross Crew Qualification course between the A320 family and the A330/340 requires only eight days.

This allows airlines to assign their pilots to different aircraft types thus enabling them to change from short haul to long haul and vice versa.

Regards,

F+ Rouge


User currently offlineQatar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

Cba,

"Also, the 737NG and 777 have very similar cockpit layouts, so moving from the 737NG to the 764 or 777 is really easy."

This is true but it is not as easy as with the airbus FBW aircraft. This is because the 737NG, 764 and 777 handle differently while with Airbus, all it's FBW aircraft handle the same (at least in theory) which means the pilot doesn't have to spend as much time training when moving from one aircraft to the other.

P.S. not all 737NGs have similar cockpits to the 764 and the 777 this is because many airlines specified the older cockpit in the 737NG to retain commonality with thier existing B737 flleet.

Regards,
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