- Mar 9, 2010
With Rex flying some 737 previous flown by Virgin and I understand pilots previously employed by Virgin would you expect any difference in the different airlines procedures ?
From what little I've heard, most of the pilots will come from Virgin, though they may also be a smattering from QF. And of course, there were plenty of Australian pilots flying 737s overseas.
Rex would know very little about the operation, so I'd expect Virgin's procedures to be imported, lock, stock and barrel. Whilst Virgin won't be giving anything away, all of the pilots would have copies of their manuals, so some will accidentally find their way into Rex's book case. The same happened with Ansett when they got the 747 Classic.
There is a huge amount of work to be done to convince CASA to allow the operation to start. Whilst I'm sure they'll get there, any shortcuts will be welcome. They will also be restricted initially. Things like ETOPs (which you need if WA ever rejoins the country), and low vis operations, require institutional experience, which they will not have for quite a while.
Also if a pilot changes airlines and flys the same plane type what certification do they need to complete?
I think the pilots will need less paperwork than the airline. They really just need their licence to be current at the appropriate level. Rex will have to develop and prove a training and checking system. Just one of the many hurdles.
Whilst on that theme, where would Rex obtain a 737 SIM ?
I doubt that they will. Do Boeing have one in Brisbane? I can't see QF or Virgin being all that helpful, not because they don't rent out sim time, but because they'll be under heavy load from their own training.