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Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:59 am

Hello fellow aviators, got a question for ya. I have this book to study on possible human resource questions during the interview. One in particular has me intrigued. It is as follows: You are flying a B767 fully loaded and fueled, you begin to raise the nosegear and the Captain slumps over succumbing to smoke, what do you do? My thinking is this, commence with the takeoff since we are beyond V1, get my 02 mask on asap, fly the airplane, contact tower and declare emergency. We will be over the max landing weight, but who really cares at this point, right? Are my assumptions correct?

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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:07 am

Quoting PilotNTrng (Thread starter):
Hello fellow aviators, got a question for ya. I have this book to study on possible human resource questions during the interview. One in particular has me intrigued. It is as follows: You are flying a B767 fully loaded and fueled, you begin to raise the nosegear and the Captain slumps over succumbing to smoke, what do you do? My thinking is this, commence with the takeoff since we are beyond V1, get my 02 mask on asap, fly the airplane, contact tower and declare emergency. We will be over the max landing weight, but who really cares at this point, right? Are my assumptions correct?

Makes sense to me, but I am no 767 pilot. Two things I would add:

-ensure the captain's body does not interfere with the controls
-troubleshoot the cause of the smoke

Edit: I'm not sure it's the most realistic question, as I don't know how the cockpit could go from no hint of smoke to the captain slumped over from smoke inhalation in those few short moments between V1 and VR.

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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:11 am



Quoting A346Dude (Reply 1):

Good call, I forgot those two important things, thanks. Have to make sure the controls are cleared and my legs aren't getting burnt. This is silly , but I can't recall whether or not the cockpits of all airliners are equipped with extinguishers.
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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:45 am

I think that the phrase that is drilled into every pilot's head in an amergency from before his/her first solo still works:

Aviate
Navigate
Communicate

You just have to apply it to the situation, but if you start with the correct mindset, then you can't get the interview question wrong. There might be better answers, but remember the basics.
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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:45 am

The only reason you'd abort a takeoff after the nosewheel comes up is if you really don't think the airplane can fly, and the captain slumping over doesn't count as that sort of situation. I'd get the plane up in the air, put on my mask, then declare the emergency and troubleshoot the problem while returning for a landing. If you can get the smoke issue figured out quickly, then you have time to dump fuel and get down to MLW. If not, then you land overweight - no sense keeping the plane in the air if there's a fire onboard that you can't control.

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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:55 am



Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 3):

Aviate
Navigate
Communicate

Very good! Thats what you hear from the 1st day at flight school!

The other day in the simulator we simulated an engine fire right AFTER V1, so the nose wasnt even up in the air at that point. TOW was 275tons (11 tons below MTOW) so pretty heavy. So we lifted off, took care of the engine fire, but both engine fire bottles didnt help, so we were still on fire! So we returned immediately!!! Our landing weight was 270tons by then and the approach speed 180knots! So we landed after only 6 minutes after lift off... And the landing distance was quite impressive  Wink Runway was "only" 3600m long, it was enough but scary to touch down with 180knots and the deceleration is low!!!

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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:15 am

Thanks guys for the great answers. Im just in that mentally preparing stage for my first interview, of coarse I am nervous as hell. I want to be as prepared as I can. I don't want to rant and ask a million questions, that's about how many there in this study guide ha ha, maybe not that many. I have another perturbing scenario, if you guys don't mind. Here is the situation.... I am the FO we depart aiport "A" , my dad is on board and has a major heart attack. Aiport "A" has gone below minimums. And the nearest aiport at or above minimums is 2 hours away, what do we do? I am yet to be that familiar with part 121 operations and regs, but is it not legal to attempt the Approach at Airport "A" ? But then the fuel load comes into question. The thought process is obvious that the safety of the crew and other passengers is paramont, regardless of my prediciment. And if we can't make the approach, then we have to continue on to the nearest suitable airport. Is that a good summation?
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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:20 am

Quoting PilotNTrng (Reply 6):

Wow, you think about weird scenarios hehe!

Its hard to say, but an airport going below minimum right after take off: doesnt happen too often! But mayb it was already below minimum for landing when you took off, then you need a take off alternate and for a 2 engined aircraft it has to be within one hour
Its hard to say what you would do in that situation! As you stated: you have your rules and regulations you have to observe, no matter if its your dad or just a "normal" passenger.
The commander has the emergency authority to basically do what he wants to do as long as it is safer to everbody. But a sick passenger is not really a safety issue, dont you think?

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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:38 am



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 7):

I appreciate it Wilco, these aren't hairbrained things I thought up, they are right out of this book lol. Someone had a lot of time on thier hands.
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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:43 am



Quoting PilotNTrng (Reply 8):
I appreciate it Wilco, these aren't hairbrained things I thought up, they are right out of this book lol. Someone had a lot of time on thier hands.

It is always good to think about emergencies and get a concept what you could do! Thats always helpful for sure  thumbsup  Always be prepared...

Good luck with your interview and always happy landings  Wink

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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:43 pm

Thanks Wilco, I have been looking foward to this for many years. Stubborness and some luck are finallly going to pay off. For as long as I have been going at this, I should be a Captain by now ha ha.
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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:46 pm



Quoting PilotNTrng (Reply 10):
I should be a Captain by now ha ha.

For being a captain it needs a lot more  Wink

From what I heard Big grin

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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:21 pm

Those questions are a little far fetched. More common ones you should focus on are:

You should up to the airplane and the COCKPIT smells like alcohol (NOT THE CAPTAIN), what do you do?

What are SOP's (standard operating procedures)? What do they mean to you? Are they meant to be broken?

In your opinion what is the definition of a good captain?

What does CRM mean to you?

You're at 25,000ft, you're the pilot flying, you're right over JFK and the f/a calls up and says she has smoke in the cabin. From the time she calls, to the time you land, tell m
 
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RE: Human Resources Questions.

Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:42 pm



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 11):

I know lol. I was just implying the 8 years I have been flying, I should be a a little further along the line, but oh well life happens. Im getting there.


767driver thanks for the additional questions. I have Air Inc's Airline Pilot's Interview Questions handbook. they have a multitude of possible questions, some of which I think common sense would prevail and the odds of them happening are astronomical, but Im just trying to cover the bases.
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