a380heavy
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Type Rating And Different Engines

Wed May 18, 2011 11:14 pm

I was just wondering when pilots become type rated on a particular aircraft, for example on the Airbus A320 does he/she also have to become rated as A320 with IAE engines or with CFM engines too?

How easy is it for a pilot to adapt to different engine types on a familiar airframe - what sort of things does he/she have to be aware of?
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RE: Type Rating And Different Engines

Wed May 18, 2011 11:41 pm

Maybe a pilot can speak to this, but I'd think the differences are barely noticeable when flying different engines. Some of the specific parameters might be slightly different such as N1% and EPM and performance numbers are different, but the airplane handles all that stuff.

The 757 and 767 carry the same type rating and are wildly different in terms of performance and of course have different engines. The differences for example between a 737 classic and a 737NG are significant, yet the pilots carry the same rating.
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RE: Type Rating And Different Engines

Thu May 19, 2011 12:16 am

AFAIK the type rating is the same. However differences training may be required for different engines/manufacturers.
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RE: Type Rating And Different Engines

Thu May 19, 2011 1:18 am

Type ratings are not engine specific.
 
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RE: Type Rating And Different Engines

Thu May 19, 2011 3:51 am

Quoting A380Heavy (Thread starter):
I was just wondering when pilots become type rated on a particular aircraft, for example on the Airbus A320 does he/she also have to become rated as A320 with IAE engines or with CFM engines too?
113312 & Starlionblue are correct.

The type rating doesn't specify which engine you are allowed to operate.
You must however go through differences training as even within the same manufacturer, different engine versions may be substantially different.

Quoting A380Heavy (Thread starter):
How easy is it for a pilot to adapt to different engine types on a familiar airframe - what sort of things does he/she have to be aware of?

Not difficult at all. Just keep in mind the different operating techniques & limitations.

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RE: Type Rating And Different Engines

Thu May 19, 2011 5:08 am

My type rating just says B777, but I fly 6 different variants with 5 different engine types.
 
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RE: Type Rating And Different Engines

Thu May 19, 2011 8:24 am

The differences will be noted in the limitations section of the AOM. You are required to know all the limitations of all the engines your company operates on a given aircraft on your checkride.
 
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RE: Type Rating And Different Engines

Thu May 19, 2011 2:43 pm

Differences training may be involved; the type rating is the same. Very often differences training is nothing more than a small handout or bulletin summarizing differences. In the case of closely related or derivative engines there may very well be no training of any sort involved although manuals will be updated as required (e.g. different thrust capabilities, etc.) This is pretty much a non-event for pilots, in other words.

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