DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7843 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1846 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
Md88captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1342 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1830 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).