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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

I remember a pilot on this board saying that he flew solo across the Atlantic, is this possible?

Will an airline ever let a single pilot fly a plane (Ex. B767)?


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User currently offlineZiggy From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1187 times:

Only if it's an aircraft that is certified for single crew member and under part 91. (general aviation). Airliners i.e. the B767 are certified for two flight crew members. So it is required, also I'm sure there's a reg under part 121 (Flag operations) and 135 (air carrier) regulations.

User currently onlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

He probably meant on a private GA a/c in his own time.

User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

Charles Lindberg did it!

Pete


User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

I have heard many stories about flights like this, often times it is in the course of ferrying a small GA plane over. Since range is limited, the interior is usually gutted and replaced with ferry tanks, and special waivers are granted for overgross operations. A friend of mine had his 182 flown from Hawaii to California, where he took delivery. The plane was loaded down with a 280 gallon ferry tank to make the trip. Past the equal time point, the headwinds shifted, and they ended up landing in California 25 hours later, with less than 1 hours worth of gas on board. The plane was so overloaded on takeoff (with only the one pilot on board mind you) that the normally overpowered 182 could barely climb out of ground effect.



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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1130 times:

What he meant was that was his first flight as captain!
Iain


User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

To fly as a captain doesn't count as solo flight since the aircraft is certified to fly with two pilots on board.Whoever said that probably meant about the private time of himself.By the way the times when one of the pilots out of the cockpit (for peeing for example) doesnt count solo time also Smile


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1093 times:

What happens during a sim checkride?

Do you have to show that you can handle emergencies by yourself?




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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

Wing, trust me that is what he meant!
Iain


User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1064 times:

Could it be done in theory? Of course, it would never be allowed in real life, but if a pilot knew what he was doing, didn't do the checklists, handled all the radio calls, etc -- would it even be possible to fly a airliner like a Boeing or Airbus from the left seat alone? Or are some critical flight controls, etc. situated only where the F/O can get to them?

User currently offlineHLF-MD11 From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

Remember the hijacked Lufthansa B737 in the 70's ?
When the terrorists killed the captain, the F/O flew solo to Mogadishu (spelling?) I don't know if he had help from somebody - at least he was the only 737 certified pilot onboard.
KH


User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1048 times:

Flying two-pilot airliners with a single pilot would not be too big a deal - as long as everything is working properly. After all, the military has been flying high performance multi-engined jet aircraft with single pilots for decades. As far as corporate aircraft go, there are plenty of bizjets that are certified for single-pilot operations. As to whether or not this is wise is a topic for another discussion. From my own experience, I can add two points. First, way back when I worked for a major, I had the chance to fly a 727 simulator single-pilot. It actually was possible. You had to position yourself near the FE's panel for the engine start after which you went to the captain's seat. Only if you needed to balance fuel was it necessary to get out of the pilot's seat - but then, that's what auto pilots are for right? Finally, a few years I go I was on a trip to Bolivia and the other pilot I was with became desperately ill. It was literally a matter of life and death. Time was extremely critical, he had only a very few hours to get the proper antibiotics to save his life. There were no qualified pilots available locally and we had no time to wait for a replacement pilot to arrive from the States. We put him in the airplane and I flew it single-pilot to Texas. Although, our aircraft require two-pilot crews this was really a non-event as far as the flying part went.

User currently offlineD-AQUI From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 203 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 999 times:

HLF-MD 11,

during the hijacking of the Lufthansa 737-130 "Landshut" reg. D-ABCE it was indeed the f/o Jürgen Vietor who was forced to fly the plane (out of Aden I think) under the worst conditions (uncertain state of the a/c after landing, fire extinguishers discharged etc). Mind you, he was a naval aviator in the German navy (Marineflieger) before he joined Lufthansa.


User currently offlineHLF-MD11 From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 979 times:

Hi Ju52 (. . . )
I once met this guy - and my son flew with him as a 737 F/O - I dont know if he came from the Navy, but he really did a superb job on this solo flight.


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