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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Aviation Terminology

Below is an actual
British Airways 1996 Memorandum

 
"It appears some confusion exists over the new pilot role titles. This notice will hopefully clear up any misunderstandings:

The titles Pilot-in-command, Commander, First Officer, Pilot Flying, Pilot-not-flying, P1, P2 and Co-Pilot will now cease to have any meaning, within the BA operations manuals. They are to be replaced by Handling Pilot, Non-Handling Pilot, Handling Landing Pilot, Non-Handling Landing Pilot, Handling Non-Landing Pilot, and Non-Handling Non-Landing Pilot.



The Landing Pilot is initially the Handling Pilot and will handle the take-off and landing, except in role reversal when he is the Non-Handling Pilot for taxi, until the Handling Non-Landing Pilot hands the Handling to the Landing Pilot at eighty knots.


The Non-Landing (Non-Handling, since the Landing Pilot is handling) Pilot reads the checklist to the Handling Pilot until after the Before Descent Checklist completion, when the Handling Landing Pilot hands the handling to the Non-Handling Non-Landing Pilot who then becomes the Handling Non-Landing Pilot.


The Landing Pilot is the Non-Handling Pilot until the "decision altitude" call, when the Handling Non-Landing Pilot hands the handling to the Non-Handling Landing Pilot, unless the latter calls "go-around", in which case the Handling Non-Landing Pilot, continues handling and the Non-Handling Landing Pilot continues non-handling until the next call of "land" or "go-around", as appropriate.

In view of the recent confusion over these rules, it was deemed necessary to restate them clearly."


And I thought Pilot and Co-Pilot was an issue.
We can always find a good laugh!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

 

6 comments:

  1. FLIGHT DECK. NIGHT.

    F/O COSTELLO
    How come you always get steak?

    CAPT. ABBOTT
    Because I'm the Handling Pilot.

    F/O COSTELLO
    The what?

    CAPT. ABBOTT
    The - never mind. Just remember that
    you're the Non - Handling pilot.

    F/O COSTELLO
    But, what if I'm landing?

    CAPT. ABBOTT
    Then you're the Non - Handling Landing
    Pilot.

    F/O COSTELLO
    You don't say...

    CAPT. ABBOTT
    I do say. Because then I'll be the Handling
    Non - Landing Pilot.

    F/O COSTELLO
    Oh yeah? Well, land THIS!

    PAUSE.


    CAPT ABBOTT
    (quietly)
    That's not very nice...

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    1. LOL!!! I love this! I slept 14.5 hours last night and a great way to wake up!!

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  2. Hilarious! Thank you for sharing this, Karlene. Every profession, even stuff ones like mine, manages to produce one of these at least every decade of so. This one is likely to stick around for a while - as it should. Thanks, -Craig (of Cedarglen).

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    1. Craig, you are so welcome!!! And check out today what is happening tonight (Thursday)! Amazing. Always good for a laugh!

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  3. FLIGHT DECK. JUST BEFORE SUNRISE.

    F/O COSTELLO
    Now look what you did - you woke her up!

    CAPT ABBOTT
    Oops. Sorry, Karlene.

    PAUSE.

    CAPT. ABBOTT
    Hey... where's my steak?

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