|Quoting mcoatc (Reply 30):|
Quoting NWAROOSTER (Reply 28):
There has to be two Captains as there always must be a Captain in the left seat. Two Captains can occupy both seats but the First Officer can only occupy the right seat except in an emergency when the Captain is incapacitated when flying an aircraft that only has a two man flight crew.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's completely incorrect - if for no other reason than if you had simply read the OP, you'd see that there is only one captain and two FOs in the picture.
I am not aware of any such "captain in the left seat" rule, but someone can correct me.
I found this under an old Airliners.net posting, "How Many Crews On Ultra Long Flights" which help substantiate my statements, which are shown below and in my original posting that you quoted.
"Up to 8 hours long flight time, 2 pilots are sufficient. Captain + first officer.
From 8 to 12 hours, 3 pilots, of which 2 captains + 1 first officer.
In excess of 12 hours, 4 pilots, of which 2 captains + 2 first officers.
In the case of the 3 pilot crew, 2 captains are required, because there must be at least a qualified captain on duty in the flight deck, no matter who takes a rest period. Oftentimes, the second captain, is a senior first officer who does hold captain licence and qualifications. Various airlines have different names or rank titles for them. The above are the US FAA flight time limits, some other countries may have slightly different limits."
I know for a fact that when I worked for Northwest Airlines that the above was the rule. Also at the time the tiller for controlling the nose wheel on the ground was to the left of the Captain's seat. There was no tiller on the first officer's side. Now with more modern and electronic aircraft the nose wheel may be possibly controlled from either seat in the cockpit. I also read that Delta may have had looser rules and it is possible that some non USA airlines may also have rules that do not require Two Captains in a flight crew that requires thee or more pilots. In my 37 years with Northwest Airlines it was a no nonsense airline that emphasized safety even though after about 1989 when Alfred Chechi and his robber barons did their best to bleed the airline into bankruptcy this was continued in part due to the pilot's contract.
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