113312 wrote:What is really strange is that Delta Airlines operated DC-9, MD-88 and MD-90 along with the B717. Pilots checked out on the B717 (which has a cockpit very similar to the MD11/MD10), get a DC-9 Type Rating!
N1120A wrote:They are, which was major driver behind the flight deck recertification on the 10 (the other being removal of the FE). Apparently, the handling dynamics are stupidly different, with the 10 handling much better.
e38 wrote:113312 wrote:What is really strange is that Delta Airlines operated DC-9, MD-88 and MD-90 along with the B717. Pilots checked out on the B717 (which has a cockpit very similar to the MD11/MD10), get a DC-9 Type Rating!
It seems like, at least in the United States, the "type rating" is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) formality whereas an operator's qualification is what really defines what a pilot is authorized to fly at that operator.
With regard to your example above about Delta, you are correct, all the aircraft you mentioned--DC-9, MD-88/MD-90, and Boeing 717 all carry the DC-9 type rating, but, the three variants--DC-9, MD-88/MD-90, B717 are considerably different such that separate qualifications was necessary.
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