Macmac76 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 234 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2084 times:
I have a question regarding pilots of CO's 737s. Do certain pilots only fly the classic 737s (-300 and -500) and others fly the NGs (-700, -800, -900)? Or does a CO 737 pilot flies any model, regardless if it's a classic or an NG? By that I mean, one day he flies a -500, the next day he flies the -700 even with the differences in flight decks? Any answer is appreciated!
Avioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2074 times:
The flight decks are not essentially different. The instrumentation on the Display units is synthesized to appear very nearly the same as the analog or self-contained digital units on the "classics" (as customized and configured by each operator).
The controls and switches are all in very nearly the same places and accomplish the same function from the pilots' perspective. The stabilizer pitch trim system used to have two actuators and a brake. The NG has one actuator and no separate brake but there are still two switches on the control console and they are labeled the same.
The old style light controls had big knobs and used transformers for control . The new style that are performing the same function as the classic still have big knobs. The light controls for the Display Units are a smaller diameter and obvious to the pilot that they control something not common to the classics.
This was a design specification.
That way the pilots' may be qualified to fly the NG aircraft with minimal differences training if they're already qualified on the classics.
One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533
AM From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 600 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2055 times:
Actually, the display units on CO's 737NGs have normal Primary Flight Displays and Navigation Displays. They're not like Southwest's, where digital "analog gauges" are displayed.
Continental pilots CAN fly every 737 in the fleet, doesn't matter if it's a -300 or a -900. What I don't know is if the classic and the NG are included in one same type rating, or if they're different ratings and pilots receive a Cross Crew Qualification course.
"... for there you have been and there you will long to return."
Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2816 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2022 times:
I just had lunch with the #1 seniority CO737 pilot. What a coincidence that you post this! But as mentioned before here, they fly all of the variants of the 737. Some trips you might fly the 300, 500, 700, 800, and 900.