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A380: Airbus On Training Time For Pilot Transfer  
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Posted (13 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 2783 times:

Ahem ... well, found this on

For example the time for transition training from the A330/A340 Family is expected to be six to 10 days, considerably less than the 25 days needed for transition training without commonality.

And this is taken from

The usual time for transfer training from the A330 or A340 is eight to 12 days; considerably less than the 25 needed for transfer from aircraft without this commonality.

Le Beaujolais Nouveau c'est arrivé, Airbus?


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User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2485 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

Forgive me for speculating that these estimates are optimistic. While cockpit commonality counts for a lot, remember that this aircraft is MUCH larger than the one the pilots will be transitioning from and as such, must have significantly different flying and handling characteristics. I think a good deal more time than 6 - 12 days or so will have to be spent before a pilot is truly comfortable with it. If the plane is full, that pilot will have 555 passengers to worry about, a responsibility nobody can take lightly.

User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3727 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2761 times:
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That is the beauty of FBW, the different flying charecteristics can be smoothed out in the software. I can well believe the short conversion time.

This sort of thing is not new, the British Empire Test Pilots School have a/c where, through the use of electronics, they can change how the a/c handles.

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2751 times:

Um, that's not exactly the point ...
Maybe I'm just pedantic, but I find it somewhat unprofessional to publish two different expected training times.


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