Negative – I would call them assistant captains – since they are well qualified – The only difference, is somewhat less years of experience – They can take over, if the captain becomes incapacitated – When I was flying, I always invited the first officers to occupy the LH seat – And be the pilot […]
Separate companies are taking care of airfreight in the United States – Federal Express, UPS, Southern Air Transport, Kalitta Air are examples of cargo airlines – DHL and Airborne, Polar and Atlas are other cargo airlines – There were major passenger airlines with cargo airplanes in the past – Most of them stopped operating cargo […]
Another well-known project: the SR-71 Blackbird, a fighter jet that holds the world’s record as the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft?
The YF-12 – predecessor of the SR-71 (3 were build) was a fighter-interceptor – Not the SR-71, which was a spy plane – I never got to refuel these YF-12 or SR-71 from the KC-135 – They used a different fuel (JP-7) than the regular JP-4 –
No. As others have said, a pilot license (properly called “pilot certificate” is issued to you by the government after you have the required training hours and have demonstrated proficiency in flying an airplane. “Aviation science” is a college program usually leading to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree which supposedly (but really doesn’t) prepares you […]
How do pilots of big widebody planes know if their planes are lined up with runway when they take off?
Generally speaking, lining-up an airplane on a runway is a visual maneuver – No difference between line-up of a Piper Cub or a Boeing 747 – Yes, the compass is checked to verify alignment on the proper runway (QFU) – Adjustments to alignment are made with nose wheel steering (rudder pedal or tiller) – Above […]
Commercial jets got all the publicity, and hogged all the glamor. The public didn’t care if a jet (turbine) engine powered that prop or what, it was still an ”old fashioned” prop plane. There were a lot of very good and successful turbo props in the same years as 707s DC-8s CV 880s/990s revolutionized air […]
A pilot uniform (airline type) is comfortable Removed the tie when flying – Often removed my shirt too when in the flight deck – I occasionally flew cargo flights – Since there were no passengers, I sometimes changed uniform for t-shirt and blue-jeans –
If a plane really high up in the air was to race a plane in the air but close to the ground to a certain point 500 miles away, who would win?
The aircraft are flying at the same speed… What type of speed? Ground speed? Indicated airspeed? True airspeed? If both aircraft had the same ground speed throughout the flight, then the lower altitude plane would win, because it would have a slightly shorter distance to cover (see Fred K’s answer) If both aircraft had the […]
As others have pointed out, a plane certified by the FAA to carry 100-200 passengers won’t get “blown off course” by a strong wind. Additionally, no where in the United States will it take 1-2 months to find an aircraft that large. Especially with all the press attention is would certainly get. The NTSB would […]
Can a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) be converted to a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). If yes, how do i go about the conversion.?
You don’t “convert” any type of license to a commercial license. You get a commercial certificate by meeting the aeronautical experience requirements, preparing for and taking the knowledge exam, and lastly by preparing for and taking the practical and oral exam (also known as the check ride). The limitations on the Recreational Pilot would prevent […]