SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2096 times:
They need a rested flight engineer on the flight deck after the other guy has been up all night correcting faults. Particularly when they are away, as these Antonovs so often are, from home base maintenance.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31201 posts, RR: 58 Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2054 times:
At MAA these AN-124s Freighters have a huge crew carried along with the Aircraft.
Even the Dismantling & Reassembly & Storage of the Towbar is time consuming job.
The crew have a ladder to come down into the main cargo deck from the upper deck.
VC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1382 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2033 times:
I do not know about the "ANs" in particular, but generally aircraft carried 2 F/Es as part of a heavy crew which is required when long trips are to be undertaken. The heavy crew would normally consist of 3 pilots and 2 F/Es [In BA anyway]
Now if you go back to the days of piston powered prop aircraft the long haul types would normally carry 2 F/Es
1] Because of the long duty days
2] To get the best out of the engines the F/Es work was continuous
and tiring so a relief F/E was required at intervals shorter than
those of today
3] A lot of the evaluation of faults and settings depended on pure
experience when operating these type of aircraft, and this could
really only be learnt by time on the aircraft. So one F/E would be
senior and the other somewhat more junior . Being a F/E in those
days was really a black art
There are 2 seats facing the F/E pannel, I know that the 2nd F/E obviously has to have a seat to sit in but is this to do with what VC-10 has said or does it need 2 F/E
In short are thyere any airrafts that need 2 Flight Engineers ( i.e- no relif/observing/tranning F/E) ?
Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3347 posts, RR: 30 Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2014 times:
These russian aircraft are wonderful and very useful, but in terms of automatisation and electronics, the soviet union never was able to close the gap to the west, so these aircraft require a bigger crew. However, given the fact that the AN-225 has a monopoly in its size, this is not a cost factor which is relevant