• Commercial pilots ONLY!?

    Best answer: There are all sorts of "commercial pilots", not just airline pilots, who represent only one segment of commercial aviation. I'm a "commercial pilot" and am home every night. I've had other flying jobs where I was away from home for many days or weeks at a time. So, if you are referring... show more
    Best answer: There are all sorts of "commercial pilots", not just airline pilots, who represent only one segment of commercial aviation. I'm a "commercial pilot" and am home every night. I've had other flying jobs where I was away from home for many days or weeks at a time. So, if you are referring to airline pilots who work for a scheduled airline, that's what you should be asking about.

    Having done airline flying for a portion of my career, I can tell you that you don't get much, if any, choice of schedules or routes when you are first starting out as a newly hired copilot and start at the bottom of the seniority list, and it is that way again when you upgrade to captain and move to the bottom of the captains seniority list. One generally moves up that list very slowly and it can take many years to obtsin as schedule you are happy with. And, too, how long one might be away depends on whether you fly domestic short-haul or international long-haul routes.

    I can also say this from experience. It's very hard on some families and that airline pilots have one of the highest divorce rates of any profession. In the flying profession, like the military, the job comes first and family obligations comne second.
    6 answers · 1 day ago
  • How are wood framed air craft constructed?

    Specifically, how are the spars, stringers etc attached? In a model airplane the answer would be cement. But how are real airplane (say a Piper Cub) connected?
    Specifically, how are the spars, stringers etc attached? In a model airplane the answer would be cement. But how are real airplane (say a Piper Cub) connected?
    9 answers · 3 days ago
  • Is it possible to fly a super mini drone with a camera attached into AREA 41?

    It's such a mysterius place, everyone wants to know wtf is going on there.
    It's such a mysterius place, everyone wants to know wtf is going on there.
    16 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Is it likely that aeroplane designers can muffle or silence the sonic boom on supersonic and hypersonic aircraft?

    There has been some talk about the return of supersonic aircraft for travel. Can they muffle or silence the sonic boom or is this just speculation? Also, do you think it would affordable for the regular everyday non business travellers?
    There has been some talk about the return of supersonic aircraft for travel. Can they muffle or silence the sonic boom or is this just speculation? Also, do you think it would affordable for the regular everyday non business travellers?
    11 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Should I put penetrating oil on a starter motor on a ‘72 Cessna 172?

    Best answer: Gee, maybe you would think like most mechanics and pull the starter to grease up the Bendix shaft. Or you could be like the Jet-Dork and use any WD40 spray can crap rated for a Dodge 3/4 ton truck. Old sorry azzed Skippy-Doc doesn't even know what DEF is for his Dodge truck sitting on the ground. Sorry there... show more
    Best answer: Gee, maybe you would think like most mechanics and pull the starter to grease up the Bendix shaft.
    Or you could be like the Jet-Dork and use any WD40 spray can crap rated for a Dodge 3/4 ton truck.
    Old sorry azzed Skippy-Doc doesn't even know what DEF is for his Dodge truck sitting on the ground.

    Sorry there Mr mehoe Jet-Skippy-Dork, you aren't qualified to grease up a manure spreader "SKIPPY".
    And Pisser-Man is an obvious lunatic who fixed avionics and portrays as a Gubber at the corner shop.
    14 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • How come airliners are not affected by icing?

    Best answer: They are affected by icing. On the ground, they need deice and anti ice fluids to remove and prevent accumulation of frozen contaminants on the wings and tail. Certain precipitation like freezing rain and freezing drizzle or heavy snowfall introduce severely restrictive time constraints for these fluids to be... show more
    Best answer: They are affected by icing.

    On the ground, they need deice and anti ice fluids to remove and prevent accumulation of frozen contaminants on the wings and tail. Certain precipitation like freezing rain and freezing drizzle or heavy snowfall introduce severely restrictive time constraints for these fluids to be effective.

    In the air, severe icing from freezing rain or convective activity can overwhelm the in flight deice or anti icing systems.

    Excessive icing on the ground will usually mean flight delays or cancellations. Excessive icing in flight is dealt with by a climb to clear or colder air or diversion around convective clouds or a descent below the freezing level.

    At the cruising altitude of most airliners, the only ice there will be will be in very large thunderstorms which are avoided for numerous other reasons.
    22 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What additional qualification should an airline pilot have?

    Aside from the licence and school/university education are there any other qualifications or courses that would set you apart from other candidates when applying for a job with an airline?
    Aside from the licence and school/university education are there any other qualifications or courses that would set you apart from other candidates when applying for a job with an airline?
    5 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Why did the Skycatcher fail?

    5 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What are the minimum hours and ratings required to get a job flying for a charter service?

    Best answer: For VFR flying, the legal minimum to act as pilot-in-command is 500 hours including at least 100 hours of cross-country flight time, at least 25 hours of which were logged at night; A commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating is required, and a multi-engine rating is needed if a multi-engine aircraft will... show more
    Best answer: For VFR flying, the legal minimum to act as pilot-in-command is 500 hours including at least 100 hours of cross-country flight time, at least 25 hours of which were logged at night; A commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating is required, and a multi-engine rating is needed if a multi-engine aircraft will be flown.

    For IFR charter flying as pilot-in-command, a minimum of 1200 hours is required, including 500 hours of cross country flight time, 100 hours of night flight time, and 75 hours of actual or simulated instrument time at least 50 hours of which were logged in actual flight. For multi-engine or turbine powered aircraft, 100 hours in type is required.

    These are minimums. Insurance requirements or individual company requirements are often higher and may include significant flight time in a specific aircraft.

    Entry level pay varies widely and could be as little as $125 a day for flying a Cessna 206, or even less if just paid by the flight hour or a salaried position. It could also be 2 or 3 times that. The amount of flight time per month varies widely too. It really depends on the job and there is no such thing as a "typical" charter flying job. It varies from tour flights to medevac to light cargo to on demand executive charter to various types of contract flying.
    4 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What are some ways to get to 1500 hours besides “instructing” ?

    Best answer: Until you get to 500 hours so you can legally fly for a VFR Part 135 operation, you're pretty much limited to flying sightseeing tours within 25 miles of the departure airport, hauling sky divers, doing pipeline / powerline / traffic patrol, crop dusting, or glider and banner towing, Otherwise, if you don't... show more
    Best answer: Until you get to 500 hours so you can legally fly for a VFR Part 135 operation, you're pretty much limited to flying sightseeing tours within 25 miles of the departure airport, hauling sky divers, doing pipeline / powerline / traffic patrol, crop dusting, or glider and banner towing, Otherwise, if you don't want to instruct, that first 500 hours will be on your own dime unless you can find a copilot gig for a corporate or charter operator.

    After 500 hours, then working for an air taxi / charter company, light air cargo, aerial surveying company, air tour operator, and a number of other jobs that don't require an ATP is typical. Until you accrue 1200 hours, Part 135 IFR flying is prohibited as pilot-in-command. Unfortunately, a lot of the jobs mentioned may have insurance requirements that exceed the legal minimum flight time qualifications or require special training.

    Instructing isn't that bad and it will (or should) make you a better pilot, or at least a more knowledgeable one.
    10 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Is it easy to learn to fly an airplane?

    Best answer: Might be. However, being a good pilot is not enough. A lot of it is judgement. This is because your life, a passenger's life, and life of any person on the ground unlucky to be under you is at stake. Case in point. A famous pilot, John Kennedy Jr. was a good learner, had VFR private pilot's license, an... show more
    Best answer: Might be. However, being a good pilot is not enough. A lot of it is judgement. This is because your life, a passenger's life, and life of any person on the ground unlucky to be under you is at stake.
    Case in point. A famous pilot, John Kennedy Jr. was a good learner, had VFR private pilot's license, an excellent aircraft that he had not too much experience with. He flew his fiancé and her sister from New York toward Martha's Vineyard. He turned down the offer of his instructor to be the co-pilot. He took off too late in the afternoon. Flew over the dark ocean and lost visual reference of the horizon. He was fooled by his body senses and did not believe his instruments. Plane spiraled into the ocean and killed all three people.
    So you see, it may be easy to learn to guide an aircraft, but not easy to be responsible in the air, do all the functions ABSOLUTELY CORRECTLY, and survive to fly again.
    Another, Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones, Han Solo in movies) is a long time private pilot. One bright sunny day he approached an airport he was familiar with, lined up instead of the runway but on the taxi strip, and just barely cleared another plane when he landed. Oops!
    I was in a major airline's newish 707 in August 1960, flying into Dallas. As the plane neared the ground, I looked out at all the houses and cars getting larger. Suddenly, a Cessna private plane zipped past just off and below the wing, going the other way. It got within 100 feet at closest.
    12 answers · 1 month ago
  • How do I find the average velocity of an airplane by year?

    I want to compare how the top aircraft models have gotten faster year over year, or how airlines have changed their flight patterns to fly more quickly, but I can't find an average speed. The National Transportation Safety board does annual accounts of car miles, but reports aircraft in hours flown. I want to... show more
    I want to compare how the top aircraft models have gotten faster year over year, or how airlines have changed their flight patterns to fly more quickly, but I can't find an average speed. The National Transportation Safety board does annual accounts of car miles, but reports aircraft in hours flown. I want to know how many miles (rough estimate) yearly aircraft fly. My current idea is to multiply flight hours times average speed... but I can't find that anywhere!
    6 answers · 1 month ago
  • Is the drug trade actually a huge market for light planes?

    Best answer: When I was in general aviation we knew of two customers who were smuggling. One of our other customers was DEA so it did not go unnoticed. Maybe as many as 5% of light planes are used for smuggling, but I doubt it. I saw a lot more than average because we were just a couple hundred miles from the border. However,... show more
    Best answer: When I was in general aviation we knew of two customers who were smuggling. One of our other customers was DEA so it did not go unnoticed. Maybe as many as 5% of light planes are used for smuggling, but I doubt it. I saw a lot more than average because we were just a couple hundred miles from the border.

    However, I did work on a Super Constellation that was used for smuggling. The DEA knew all about that one, too.
    8 answers · 1 month ago
  • Why don't people use parachutes to escape crashing planes?

    Best answer: I guess you mean commercial aircraft, as many military aircraft do have ejection/parachute capability.. 1. There is not enough cabin space for ~400 passengers to put on their chutes at the same time when there is an emergency. They would simply not have time either. In the confusion they would not be able to... show more
    Best answer: I guess you mean commercial aircraft, as many military aircraft do have ejection/parachute capability..
    1. There is not enough cabin space for ~400 passengers to put on their chutes at the same time when there is an emergency. They would simply not have time either. In the confusion they would not be able to respond to instructions from the cabin crew.
    2. There are not enough doors for passengers to exit. Front and over-wing doors are no good to bail from as the passengers would strike the aircraft. The exits must be at the rear. So two doors for ~400 people.
    3. When the plane's attitude is nose-down, or flying erratically due to the fault, it is difficult for passengers to make their way up the aisle to a rear exit, and/or without sustaining injuries that would block the aisle
    4. 400-odd parachutes add a tonne of weight to the aircraft and take up space.
    5. The cabin is pressurised and opening the doors at altitude would cause serious/explosive decompression making high altitude escape problematic. If the aircraft doesn't break up first.
    6. Depressurising the cabin before popping the doors at altitude would require every passenger to be on oxygen. Otherwise they'd pass out and block the aisles. Oxygen is only available above seats. Portable oxygen cylinders would have to be issued, capable of lasting until the parachuting passenger has descended to around 15,000 feet where they can survive without oxygen. Airliners cruise at 30,000 feet plus.
    7. Parachuting passengers would drift for hundreds of miles across the sky. Even if they survived the landing - we're talking old people, kids etc. getting timely help to them all would be all but impossible.
    18 answers · 1 month ago
  • What happens if I said I want a spade on the plane?

    Best answer: The one forced to listen to your pun, would have to walk away and help others.
    Best answer: The one forced to listen to your pun, would have to walk away and help others.
    6 answers · 1 month ago
  • How is a landing gear retracted into the aircraft?

    Best answer: There are many different methods for retracting aircraft landing gear. Some are purely mechanical, driven by hand cranks or electric motors, while others are operated by hydraulics or pneumatics. It just depends on how the people who designed the aircraft wanted to make things work.
    Best answer: There are many different methods for retracting aircraft landing gear. Some are purely mechanical, driven by hand cranks or electric motors, while others are operated by hydraulics or pneumatics. It just depends on how the people who designed the aircraft wanted to make things work.
    17 answers · 1 month ago