Fly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
It depends on every airline I guess. As far as I know there is no code or something like that.
In Mexico the airlines I know the Captain uses 4; First and Second Officer (Flight Engineer) use 3.
There is an awful tradition here in Mexico where the Students that have completed their Private training get 1 stripe. Commercial Students use 2 and once graduated they can use 3. You guys must see them ... all dressed up in the pilot's uniform all with epaulets, tie, wings, shiny shoes and a HUGE attitude while doing the preflight of a Cessna 150
(a tiny little part of my subconscious tells me I'm jealous as I studied abroad in a school that used no uniforms)...
There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
Deltajax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1605 times:
Fly727- this may be standard at some part 141 schools. At Delta Connection Academy in Sanford, FL (I go to the one in JAX) they wear uniforms, blue shirts and they have 1 stripe epaulets. They flirted with the idea here but I guess the students didnt want them.
Sabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2728 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
There really isn't a standard for this.
The only thing that seems to be more or less standard on a global scale is 4 stripes for the Captain and less than that for his co-pilot. However, it then depends on the airline and their internal seniority system whether they hand out 2, 2 and a half (small intermediate stripe) or 3 to their co-pilots. At some airlines, the Flight engineer is always rated higher then the co-pilot, although he might be less senior, at other placed, seniority prevails. This will of course have an influence on the number of stripes for both. It then remains open for the airline to hand out 1 stripe to the purser, something often done in Europe.
Besides, note that not even the system of plane stripes is standard. Some predominantly French speaking countries like France, Belgium, Luxembourg and some African countries strongly influenced by these have a different type of stripes, which I must say looks much better. There are derived from naval uniforms.