goinv From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 263 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3972 times:
If you have an aircraft type rating - lets say a B737-300. Can you fly that aircraft irrespective of the airline.
The reason for asking is :-
I have booked my wife on a fear of flying course at Manchester in April. They charter an aircraft (B737 or A319/320) during the course and take everyone on a 45 minute flight.
I would assume that the aeroplane to be used will be based at Manchester and that they wouldn't go to the expense of ferrying a plane from another airport. During the flight the pilot makes a running commentary on what is happening.
I am guessing the the plane will be from an airline that has space capacity that day - Jet2, BMIBaby etc.
Surely a pilot for Jet2 wouldn't have the necessary "insight" to provide a commentary which is stipulated by the course ?
The course is being run by Virgin Atlantic. As VS don't operate B737 / A319 / A320 aircraft I would guess that they have a resident pilot on hand who does the flying. Could this pilot fly a Jet2 737 at Manchester, a Thomson 737 at Gatwick, a BMIBaby 737 at East Midlands etc?
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ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3920 times:
Quoting goinv (Thread starter): If you have an aircraft type rating - lets say a B737-300. Can you fly that aircraft irrespective of the airline.
Yes, and no. Yes in respect to the fact that an aircraft type rating isn't restricted to a certain airline. No, as nws2002 mentions, you must go through an airline's indoc before flying the aircraft in revenue service.
Quoting nws2002 (Reply 1): The course is being run by Virgin Atlantic. As VS don't operate B737 / A319 / A320 aircraft I would guess that they have a resident pilot on hand who does the flying.
Very likely no. Since Virgin does not operate the type, they do not provide the necessary training to their pilots. While it is possible that Virgin employs pilots who have 737 or A320 type ratings, they aren't current on that aircraft.
My educated guess is that Virgin will charter the appropriate aircraft from another carrier and that company will provide the crew.
DashTrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1367 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3892 times:
You not only have to go through indoc, but aircraft training for specific airlines. If I were to get a job flying Dash 8's for Commutair, I'd be sitting in the exact same classes / training as the other new guys who've never set foot in the airplane.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 20466 posts, RR: 56 Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3878 times:
Quoting goinv (Thread starter): Surely a pilot for Jet2 wouldn't have the necessary "insight" to provide a commentary which is stipulated by the course ?
Why not? Flying is flying, and in general the procedures for flying one airliner are the same as flying another. Okay, so you might press buttons on the Digital Flight Control Panel instead of the Mode Control Panel, or talk about Flaps 1, 2, 3 and Full instead of Flaps 1,5,15,25 and 30, but stuff at that level of detail (which is really what type rating courses are about, along with handling characteristics of the particular airplane) isn't going to be relevant to the public.
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