B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6146 times:
Some modern cruise ships have incorporated large decks that allow small planes to take-off-and-land while the ship is at sea, kinda like an aircraft carrier. The pilots who operate these flights are known as "Cruise Pilots" because they work for the cruise line.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6087 times:
Dear Airplanetire -
A cruise pilot is an additional pilot crewmember as sometimes used by some airlines, in case the minimum pilot crew, say a pilot and a co-pilot would exceed flight time or duty time limitations is they were only pilots...
Having a cruise pilot on board permits the other pilots to take their turn, during flight, to have a rest period...
Example airline xyz national rules is 8 hours limit for flying time for crews of two pilots... for crews of 3 pilots, it becomes a 12 hours limit... the "extra" pilot is sometimes referred to as a "cruise pilot"...
All airlines policies and countries have different rules... i.e. with PanAm, we had... -
Basic crew, was captain, co pilot, flight engineer...
Augmented crew, was 2 captains, a co pilot, 2 flight engineers...
Double crew, 2 captains, 2 co pilots, 2 flight engineers...
Hoping you got an answer to your question -
HLF-MD11 From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5978 times:
Some airlines are using the expression " Senior First Officer " for the function as described by747skipper.
The SFO is allowed to sit in the Captains seat during " cruise " and has the command during the period the captain takes his rest on certain "long-haul" flights - the SFO requires additional training for his duties
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5967 times:
I think this varies from airline to airline so you have to be careful applying a strict definition on these terms. I am a Senior First Officer but I cannot fly from the left seat, to do so would be illegal. I have to pass the APIC (Acting Pilot In Command) qualification before being allowed to do that, which is at least another year away.
Similarly many people perceive a "Second Officer" is just a cruise pilot, but not so in our airline. I was a Second Officer when I started out, and carried out the precise duties of a First Officer, just on a lower salary!
So this does differ from airline to airline. Our airline do not employ so called "cruise pilots".
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...