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newagebird
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Pilot Workload

Fri May 05, 2006 12:35 pm

Hey
This is to all pilots who fly regional, international or interstate. Now that aircraft have become so much easier to fly and instruments have gone from the normal circular dial instruments to EFIS, what exactly do pilots do while cruising. Obviously its a different story when climbing to ur FL or handling the approach to the aerodrome. Has the workload gotten lighter or are you guys doing the same tasks as before. Do you calculate inflight PNR, CP/DP? Just wanna know a few examples. thanks

an aspiring pilot
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KAUSpilot
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RE: Pilot Workload

Fri May 05, 2006 2:21 pm

We monitor aircraft instruments and systems readouts. If we get bored with that we study aircraft manuals and reinforce the memorization of relevant limitations.

Honestly EFIS vs. Round dials doesn't make a huge difference in the workload. It's mainly FMS navigation that makes the cruise flight workload pretty light. Navigating using ground based radio aids requires more attention. Using automation can actually increase the workload in initial departure and arrival phases of flight.
 
SonOfACaptain
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RE: Pilot Workload

Fri May 05, 2006 2:29 pm

Quoting KAUSpilot (Reply 1):
If we get bored with that we study aircraft manuals and reinforce the memorization of relevant limitations.

Or read a book, do a cross-word puzzle, take a nap...  wink 

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RE: Pilot Workload

Fri May 05, 2006 2:49 pm

Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 2):
Or read a book, do a cross-word puzzle, take a nap...

What? That would be extraordinarily unprofessional. I wouldn't be earning my $18,000/yr if I did that.
 
[email protected]
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RE: Pilot Workload

Fri May 05, 2006 3:17 pm

Old-style round dial type cockpits require constant vigilance to enroute charts or more detailed routes due to the lack of the ability to go direct to a point thousands of miles away. Modern cockpits that allow pilots to use FMS or GPS navigation do not require quite as much attention to maps and airways. However, charts are always out and available no matter what type of navigation being used.

Typical activities during cruise in a modern aircraft include conversation on professional matters, ensuring flight manual currency, confirming the integrity of ADF antennas by testing them with local AM radio stations, ridding the cockpit of printed media that was collected from the overnight hotel, satisfying nutritional needs in the form of crew meals and/or stimulating beverages, maintaining cranial vigilance with mental exercises involving the use of numerical or alphabetical puzzles, or devising methods to keep the direct sunlight from causing eye fatigue.

Honestly, the workload at cruise is almost nil. Staying alert is sometimes a challenge. However, rest assure that you professional cockpit crew takes every measure possible to ensure that constant attention is given to the most important task at hand; arriving safe at the destination airport.

[Edited 2006-05-05 08:19:30]

[Edited 2006-05-05 08:20:40]
 
CosmicCruiser
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RE: Pilot Workload

Fri May 05, 2006 9:13 pm

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 4):
Typical activities during cruise in a modern aircraft include conversation on professional matters, ensuring flight manual currency, confirming the integrity of ADF antennas by testing them with local AM radio stations, ridding the cockpit of printed media that was collected from the overnight hotel, satisfying nutritional needs in the form of crew meals and/or stimulating beverages, maintaining cranial vigilance with mental exercises involving the use of numerical or alphabetical puzzles, or devising methods to keep the direct sunlight from causing eye fatigue.

WOW! Did I do all that?..LOL! Preventing "eye fatigue" is really important EVEN at night!

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 4):
Honestly, the workload at cruise is almost nil.

Wellll, that really depends on where you're flying from/to.
 
pilotaydin
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RE: Pilot Workload

Fri May 05, 2006 9:21 pm

actually, the workload is reduced yes, BUT the proficiency of many older pilots is greatly reduced, at my airline a lot of old timers aren't very compatible with the FMS/EFIS layout or use...

it's much easier for computer children to become pilots now...
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MaxQ2351
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RE: Pilot Workload

Fri May 05, 2006 9:28 pm

Quoting KAUSpilot (Reply 3):
What? That would be extraordinarily unprofessional. I wouldn't be earning my $18,000/yr if I did that.

Haha this had me laughing for a long time!!

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 5):
Quoting [email protected]IAH (Reply 4):Honestly, the workload at cruise is almost nil.
Wellll, that really depends on where you're flying from/to.

And again, your aircraft type. My dad is a NW 747-400 captain, and one of his best friends is a NW 747-200 captain, and they've done a lot of comparing of inflight procedures and such between the two planes, and there is a significant higher workload on the 742 compared to the 744.

Quoting [email protected]IAH (Reply 4):
or devising methods to keep the direct sunlight from causing eye fatigue.

If you fly international on double crewed flights, half of the time there is a very easy (and often suggested!!) method of alleviating, and reversing eye fatigue!! The 777-200LR and 787 will probably take that to a whole new level though with the possible requirement of triple crews on ultra-long range flights!!

-Max
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CosmicCruiser
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RE: Pilot Workload

Fri May 05, 2006 9:51 pm

Quoting MaxQ2351 (Reply 7):
And again, your aircraft type.

I really wasn't referring to a/c type really since in any FMS jet you could just sit back (for the most part) and let it go but I was thinking of some routes that can keep you very busy calling different control agencies (sometimes 2 or 3 at the same time on both vhf and hf) searching for "ball notes" and FIR boundries. We were speaking about workload in cruise...That's all...CC

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