I've had the autopilot differed a couple times. They are pretty twitchy once you get up into the upper 20's/30's because of very high true airspeeds....It's more just tedious and a pain in the arse than anything..especially once those galley carts start moving, haha. You get it all trimmed up finally (though its still wiggly) and then she starts moving again. Instantaneous 100-300 fpm climb. Arm gets kinda tired after an hour or so.
Anyhoo... what scootertrash said is right....except at our airline we refer to the to guys as "Pilot flying (PF)" and "Pilot Not Flying (PNF)"
When the autopilot is off, the PF stick flies the airplane and not much else.
When the autopilot is on, the PF controls the flight guidance panel.
When the autopilot is off.. the PNF works the radios, works the flight guidance panel, and works the FMS.
When the autopilot is on...the PNF works the radios, controls the altitude select knob, and typically works the FMS..thought it goes both ways.
As far as who's flying... its more of "hey, what did you do last trip..outs? ok.. ill take hte outs, you get the backs." Then you alternate from there on each trip. One trip the FO takes the outs, the next the FO takes the backs. It's pretty laid back.
Starlionblue- actually the FO is always considered the SIC...I have no PIC landings in the CRJ until I upgrade to captain next march or so.
But we do have to maintain at least 3 landings every 90 days (doesnt matter if they are day or night)... certainly not a problem in the CRJ. With up to 7 legs a day...haha.
edited because I can't type worth crap.
[Edited 2004-08-16 05:03:11]
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