- Mar 9, 2010
JB747 Thanks for your reply on varying altitudes. Do the airlines work out ideal altitude or is this done by ATC?
ATC's job is to keep the aircraft apart, not to make their operation efficient!!!!
A company will flight plan based upon the weather forecasts, and will adjust cruising levels to allow for expected winds. The crew make the actual decisions as to what levels are flown (or at least what they request from ATC).
Next question please...a few flights I've taken have had a Captain in the FO seat. Where there are two Captains on duty which one is the Captain of the flight - is it purely based on seniority? In an Airbus how does a Captain go from being in the left seat with left-handed control to the right seat if required? Does it just come back to you?
A captain in the right hand seat generally means that there's training happening, and the bloke in the left seat is under training. QF never uses a line captain to replace the FO, but they may replace an SO. If you happen to have two or more captains in the crew, the company will have nominated the actual Captain. Seniority doesn't come into play.
Handedness is just something you have to come to terms with. The Airbus is no different to the Boeing...if you sit on the left, you fly with the left, and vice versa. You'll have to change at various times in your career anyway. Most GA pilots learn to fly with their left hand, so an airline job means going to the right seat and changing hands. Command training changes it again. In my case, I learnt to fly with the right (using a joystick), and didn't fly with my left until 767 command training. There are so many other things happening that it just happens, although you do occasionally hear of some strange manipulations that sound like left and right being confused.