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What Do Flight Engineers Do Nowadays?  
User currently offlineAak777 From Qatar, joined Apr 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

Did they become pilots, or did they find other jobs?

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User currently offlineSquigee From Canada, joined May 2001, 652 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

"Would you like fries with that?"

j/k! They could move to other aircraft as pilots, move to other airlines that still have aircraft that use engineers, or could change jobs completely.

I believe the webmaster of jetcareers.com was a 727 engineer before moving on to different aircraft.



Someday, we'll look back at this, laugh nervously, and then change the subject.
User currently offlineMf3864 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

What was their job? Charting the flight, giving directions?

User currently offlineSquigee From Canada, joined May 2001, 652 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1498 times:

They did what the computers do now- aircraft pressurization, fuel control and supervision, bleed air, vents, radios, so on.

Search the photo archives under "Flight Deck" with "Engineer" in the keyword... you can see their panels are quite complex!



Someday, we'll look back at this, laugh nervously, and then change the subject.
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

"Turn left at the cloud over there, go down the block for a quarter mile..."

Most pilots began their careers sitting sideways in a 727, DC-10, L-1011 etc... before moving over to the right seat. However there were a decent number of career FE's. By the time the airlines retired the 747 classics, DC-10s and Tristars these guys retired along with them.

Doug Taylor's website is a pretty good resource. And I do believe he started his career with Delta sitting sideways in a 27.



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineMd88captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

Most pilots started DAL as 727 Flight Engineers. It was the entry level position. DAL's policy was to only hire pilots, but due to mergers DAL has some Flight Engineers who are not pilots. I think the number is very low. Around 30 I believe. When the retirement of the 727 was annexed DAL and ALPA came to an agreement on moving these professional engineers into pilot seats. I forget the specifics, but it basically said that if these guys get ATPs and a certain (significant) number of hours DAL will hire them to be pilots. I believe just a few have taken a leave with DAL to gain the experience needed. The others will be out of jobs once the 727's leave next Spring ('03).

User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 677 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

A buddy of mine started as a FE on 727's. He's now an A300 Captain. He came out of the Air Force as a B-52 PIC prior to his commercial career.

User currently offlineDe727ups From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 814 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1439 times:

Many F/E's at UPS were Captains who reached the age 60 mandatory cutoff...then they downgraded to F/E but retained their seniority....they are very highly paid F/E's.

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