Jawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4610 times:
How difficult would it be for a single pilot (in other words, without a co-pilot) to fully operate a Gulfstream V in all phases of flight, such as takeoff, cruise, and landing? Would the workload be overwhelming, or would this be a fairly manageable job for an experienced pilot?
26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 665 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4395 times:
The G V is very automated and workload relatively light. One guy could easily fly it around the pattern. Nice to have 2 guys when things start to break but how often does this happen, really?
The big advantage to having 2 guys comes when operating to/from busy terminal airspace. The non-flying pilot is actually much busier than the flying pilot in this environment....radios, checklists, understanding last-minute ATC changes. All very important to mind while the other guy has the fairly simple task of flying the plane.
Also, the G V is designed to fly 6000nm. One pilot doing this?
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2229 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4385 times:
Quoting Mir (Reply 1): As long as everything was working properly, weather was good, etc., it shouldn't be too difficult. But throw complications into the mix and things could get overwhelming pretty quickly.
Agreed. Now throw in a systems malfunction or minimum IFR conditions at the arrival airport at the end of a 10 hour trans Atlantic flight......
That looks to be a mistake. Further down the page mentions a flight crew of two. Additionally, according to the type certificate data sheet, which can be found here http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/docs/a12ea.pdf , on page 29 it mentions a minimum crew of 2 (pilot & copilot).
Starlionblue From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2004, 15868 posts, RR: 66 Reply 10, posted (10 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3935 times:
Quoting zeke (Reply 9): Quoting n92r03 (Reply 7):
Not get too far off topic, but would someone in the know please tell what is the largest private jet than can be operated by a single pilot? IIRC it is a Cessna CJ1? Thanks-
There are a few Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers and English Electric Lightning about, both are around 20t aircraft.
Heh. The F-111 is 37+ tonnes and is a one-pilot aircraft. But I don't think there are any privately operated ones.
For that matter, the F-14 is 33+ tonnes and is a one-pilot aircraft.
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The single pilot exemption for the Citation 550 and 560 is FAA Exemption 4050. I cannot find the FAA's version, but here is a link to the Austrailian CAA that defines the FAA's exemption. http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2009L01175
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4717 posts, RR: 26 Reply 16, posted (10 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3397 times:
Somewhat off the G-V topic, but the NASA G2 Shuttle Training Aircraft were flown single pilot as one side of the flight deck was the G-2 flight deck while the other side was for the Space Shuttle. I forget which side was which, but I'm thinking the left seat was the Shuttle.
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