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Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 3:53pm On May 22, 2016
Well, while we are still waiting for Seun, justwise and disguy to create an aviation section on nairaland, I decided to create this thread.

Purpose

The purpose of this thread is to help aviation enthusiasts and fans get answers to aviation related matters by asking a commercial pilot.

About me

By the special grace of God, I'm a first officer on a Boeing 777-200LR. I was previously a first officer on a Boeing 737-800 (Next Gen) so I know one or two things about flying. I look forward to interacting with all aviation fans and fellow aviation professionals here

My colleagues like olisa4all from the rotary wings branch grin, (helicopter pilots) are on hand to answer your questions too.

If I don't reply on time, I'm probably somewhere in the sky doing what I love.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 3:53pm On May 22, 2016
*Reserved for future use. *

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Cutehector(m): 4:00pm On May 22, 2016
Op how do u guys press all those buttons? cool

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Mrval20(m): 4:02pm On May 22, 2016
This is a rare opportunity, thanks for creating this thread...

1. As an Electrical/Electronics Engineering graduate, what is the most cost effective way of becoming a pilot?

2. Why are pilots assigned to a specific airplane?

3. Does the mode of operation of different airplanes vary greatly? Like can you fly just about anything flyable after probably going through the manual?

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 4:08pm On May 22, 2016
Cutehector:
Op how do u guys press all those buttons? cool

grin consider those buttons to be like a TV remote control.
You only press the ones you need at a particular time for specific purposes.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Nobody: 4:27pm On May 22, 2016
Following...

How long does it take for a pilot to be type-rated for a particular aircraft?

What is the function of a pilot with 2 bars on his/her shoulder?
Re: Ask A Pilot... by Cutehector(m): 4:37pm On May 22, 2016
Boeing777pilot:


grin consider those buttons to be like a TV remote control.
You only press the ones you need at a particular time for specific purposes.
alright. I want to knw how to land a plane.. what is the procedure.. incase during an emergency, maybe both pilots are incapacitated.

What can a lay man do in this point. To land the plane
Re: Ask A Pilot... by fados4sure(m): 4:39pm On May 22, 2016
Boeing777pilot:


grin consider those buttons to be like a TV remote control.
You only press the ones you need at a particular time for specific purposes.
Good-day captain! please, i would like to know if there is any difference between Boeing, Airbus & Dreamliner

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by ifex370(m): 4:49pm On May 22, 2016
Following
Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 4:54pm On May 22, 2016
fados4sure:

Good-day captain! please, i would like to know if there is any difference between Boeing, Airbus & Dreamliner

Boeing and Airbus are both aircraft manufacturers.

The Dreamliner is the name of an aircraft manufactured by Boeing.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by fados4sure(m): 4:57pm On May 22, 2016
Boeing777pilot:

Boeing and Airbus are both aircraft manufacturers.
The Dreamliner is the name of an aircraft manufactured by Boeing.
Thanks captain

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 5:02pm On May 22, 2016
Cutehector:
alright. I want to knw how to land a plane.. what is the procedure.. incase during an emergency, maybe both pilots are incapacitated.

What can a lay man do in this point. To land the plane

This your question ehn...
Usually the cockpit is secured from inside because of security concerns especially when air borne.

If that unfortunate event happens and a passenger can access the cockpit, he can be guided to land the plane, that's 50/50.

However, the likelihood of that happening is extremely slim.

Landing aircraft generally follows a common procedure but differs by each aircraft and landing conditions.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 5:12pm On May 22, 2016
CFCman:
Following...

How long does it take for a pilot to be type-rated for a particular aircraft?

What is the function of a pilot with 2 bars on his/her shoulder?


It varies, for a example if I just got my commercial license and want to be type rated on a Boeing or Airbus, it would take up to six months.

However, if I am switching between aircraft by the same manufacturer, it's less

Then if I'm switching from the same product line eg B777-300ER to B777-200LR it may take a few weeks.

N.B Type rating means you are trained to operate a particular aircraft.

Two Bars and three bars are both for first officers but the one with three bars is senior. The first officer is the co-pilot and carries out duties as given by the captain.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Nobody: 5:19pm On May 22, 2016
Boeing777pilot:


It varies, for a example if I just got my commercial license and want to be type rated on a Boeing or Airbus, it would take up to six months.

However, if I am switching between aircraft by the same manufacturer, it's less

Then if I'm switching from the same product line eg B777-300ER to B777-200LR it may take a few weeks.

N.B Type rating means you are trained to operate a particular aircraft.

Two Bars and three bars are both for first officers but the one with three bars is senior. The first officer is the co-pilot and carries out duties as given by the captain.
Thank you. I've a better understanding now

So Joan Obasi of Arik is a senior First-officer.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 5:21pm On May 22, 2016
Mrval20:
This is a rare opportunity, thanks for creating this thread...

1. As an Electrical/Electronics Engineering graduate, what is the most cost effective way of becoming a pilot?

2. Why are pilots assigned to a specific airplane?

3. Does the mode of operation of different airplanes vary greatly? Like can you fly just about anything flyable after probably going through the manual?

1. Via cadet programs, a form of scholarship but this is not common though.

2. Aircraft are very complex equipment so for it to be operated safely, the pilots have to be trained for that specific aircraft. For a pilot to operate an equipment, he must have a certain number of hours on it before being certified.

3. The principles are the same but details differ vastly hence the specialization.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Cutehector(m): 5:24pm On May 22, 2016
Boeing777pilot:


This your question ehn...
Usually the cockpit is secured from inside because of security concerns especially when air borne.

If that unfortunate event happens and a passenger can access the cockpit, he can be guided to land the plane, that's 50/50.

However, the likelihood of that happening is extremely slim.

Landing aircraft generally follows a common procedure but differs by each aircraft and landing conditions.
just tell me how to land dah mudafvckn plane. grin speaking in Samuel L Jackson's voice

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 5:28pm On May 22, 2016
CFCman:

Thank you. I've a better understanding now

So Joan Obasi of Arik is a senior First-officer.

Technically yes. But some airlines have "Senior first officers" *These ones have three and half bars the reason is because they are due to be promoted as Captain but no space yet but the three and half bars ain't common though as very few airlines do this.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 5:29pm On May 22, 2016
Cutehector:
just tell me how to land dah mudafvckn plane. grin speaking in Samuel L Jackson's voice

Different procedures for different planes.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Cutehector(m): 5:31pm On May 22, 2016
Boeing777pilot:


Different procedures for different planes.
ok let's say a commercial aircraft. Wait are there different kinds of planes?
Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 5:36pm On May 22, 2016
Cutehector:
ok let's say a commercial aircraft. Wait are there different kinds of planes?

Yes. There are different types of commercial aircraft, boeing 777, 737, 747, 787, 767, etc Airbus 320, 321, A380 etc.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Mrval20(m): 5:38pm On May 22, 2016
Boeing777pilot:


1. Via cadet programs, a form of scholarship but this is not common though.

2. Aircraft are very complex equipment so for it to be operated safely, the pilots have to be trained for that specific aircraft. For a pilot to operate an equipment, he must have a certain number of hours on it before being certified.

3. The principles are the same but details differ vastly hence the specialization.
Thanks, I'm cleared now.
Re: Ask A Pilot... by Cutehector(m): 5:43pm On May 22, 2016
Boeing777pilot:


Yes. There are different types of commercial aircraft, boeing 777, 737, 747, 787, 767, etc Airbus 320, 321, A380 etc.
alright. I shall google landing procedures for these aircrafts cheesy



Ehen another question



What is the black box
Re: Ask A Pilot... by Originalsly: 7:40pm On May 22, 2016
Do commercial airlines fly the same 'lanes' /heights as passenger airlines?
Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 7:49pm On May 22, 2016
Originalsly:
Do commercial airlines fly the same 'lanes' /heights as passenger airlines?

Commercial airlines are mostly made up of passenger airlines like Emirates etc, cargo airlines like cargolux and private charter services.

The cruising altitude is dependent on several factors including how high the aircraft can fly, assigned altitude and flight plan but there's separation between aircraft to avoid collision.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Originalsly: 8:15pm On May 22, 2016
Ok...I really meant cargo aircrafts. Guess the answer remains the same. Moving on.......are airstrips "weight rated"?....like allow for the safe landing of planes including cargo up to a certain weight?
Re: Ask A Pilot... by casttlebarbz(m): 9:04pm On May 22, 2016
God bless u for this thread...never being in a plane b4, but i respect pilots a lot.
thank u once again...

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by cranknicholson: 9:18pm On May 22, 2016
What is the easiest way for a Licensed AME and fresh CPL holders to secure job in Nigeria? Not seeing much adverts these days

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by WinningSun: 9:35pm On May 22, 2016
what has been your best / worst experience flying and how did you handle it.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 10:00pm On May 22, 2016
Originalsly:
Ok...I really meant cargo aircrafts. Guess the answer remains the same. Moving on.......are airstrips "weight rated"?....like allow for the safe landing of planes including cargo up to a certain weight?

In layman's language yes they are.
The runway has to be able to withstand the stress of heavy impact landing
Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 10:03pm On May 22, 2016
cranknicholson:
What is the easiest way for a Licensed AME and fresh CPL holders to secure job in Nigeria? Not seeing much adverts these days

Try to have insiders that will let you know know when they are recruiting, I think I have seen a few adverts though however it's faster if you are already type rated as it saves the airline money grin
Re: Ask A Pilot... by Boeing777pilot: 10:06pm On May 22, 2016
WinningSun:
what has been your best / worst experience flying and how did you handle it.

My best was my first solo flight, that's where it all began. My worst was a cross wind landing, we had to abort the landing thrice and finally landed at the fourth attempt.

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Re: Ask A Pilot... by djlaqua91(m): 11:15pm On May 22, 2016
Good day Captain, please what's with the turbulence when airplanes pass through clouds and how do you guys navigate through. I had a very terrible experience in one some years back. More grease to your elbow and aircraft.

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