In the September 2002 issue of FLYING magazine there's an article written by a Boeing 767 Captain who flies for American Airlines. The article is about "cockpit automation". He mentions the 3 IRSs (inertial reference systems), the 3 autopilots, the 2 flight management computers (FMCs), autothrottles, autobrakes, etc, etc.
He states that he likes to hand-fly the 767, but by virtue of the design of the airplane it is necessary to use the automation features in order to program a lot of information into the computers.
Then he states that "typing 100 words a minute is a prerequisite for a 767 captain".
My question to you gentlemen is...Why does a pilot of a 767 need to prove that he's able to type 100 words a minute before he can become a Captain?
My girlfriend is an office manager and types around 100+ words a minute. When she hits a keyboard there's almost smoke coming off her fingers! Why would the pilot of an airliner need to have this level of typing skills when programing the cockpit's computers?
Also, does the amount of words per minute required by a Captain depend on the size of his aircraft? For example: Does the Captain of a DC-9 only need to be able to type 38 words a minute?
Any info about this apparent typing prerequisite for an airline Captain would be greatly appreciated, and can you let me know if this only aplies to 767 Captains.
I find this subject rather funny.
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