As F/o's we fly about half of all sectors. On a 2 sector duty one of us will fly outbound and one back, on 4 sectors we will normally do 2 of those as PF
and 2 as PNF.
The Captain has the decision who flies which sector, but in my experience most Captain's ask which sector you would like to do.
When the FO is PF
, the entire allocation of duties is reversed, except at some carriers where engine start and taxy must be done by the Captain in which case the handover occurs on lineup and again as the aircraft is decelerating on landing or leaving the runway (both stupid times to handover control of an aircraft IMHO).
I am familiar with the Air 2000 A320 incident @ BRS
, my cousin was an A320 f/o for AMM based at BRS
when it happened. The funny thing was, he was supposed to be operating the flight that day with the Captain who became incapacitated, but had to be replaced as he became unwell!
I believe the F/o in question had a speedy promotion, and also logged some P1 time that night! I would do the same.
Wonder if he is still with Air 2000 / FCA
, my cousin has since moved to LGW
as a 757/767 Captain... I will ask him.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...