ElpinDAB From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 489 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8628 times:
I was just wondering...
I've heard that in order to be a be a test pilot for an aircraft manufacturer, you must have many qualifications besides being a pilot who is appropriately rated for the aircraft (i.e. being rate in the 777 or 747, etc, in addition to being an accomplished aeronautical engineer.) So, if that is true (I am certainly not expertly informed), and with that said, who gets to fly the new Boeing 747 freighter? Would it be one of Boeing's in-house test pilots or what? I was just thinking that, despite how ugly the plane is, it would be a great honor to get to fly such a beast!
CCA From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2002, 877 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8617 times:
The Boeing test pilots are flying it at the moment until it's certified then it will go to Evergreen and Cargolux, those pilots will have to do a LCF differences course, and possibly some work with the Boeing test pilots, prior to operating the A/C commercially.
Quote: Evergreen has named Cargolux as a subcontractor to fly routes from Europe.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17305 posts, RR: 67
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8503 times:
Quoting Columba (Reply 5): Any chance the 747-400LCF will be let to other companies to carry out-sized cargo like Airbus does with their Belugas
I don't know if Boeing has stated intentions in this regard. However, it would seem silly not to if the aircraft is available. Apart from the money, the Beluga transport flights have been good PR for Airbus. They even painted the outside once for a special artwork flight.