From: email@example.com (Nathan N. Duehr) Organization: NETCOM On-line Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest) Date: 06 Jul 94 12:02:14 References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1
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Robert Dorsett (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: : In article <airliners.1994.1407@ohare.Chicago.COM> W. T. McCandless <email@example.com> writes: : > : >Wait a minute. So what are you saying, that it's acceptable for the : >captain to leave the aircraft with no one at the controls for even the : >short interval that it would take for the RFO to take the controls? : Well, yes, actually, I think that departing the airplane would be a very bad : thing, even if a temporary absence. But in this case, it would appear he only : stepped outside the cockpit for a minute. :-) : But wait a minute. So what are you saying, that it's acceptable to destroy a : pilot's career for a single indiscretion which did *not*, in fact, pose a : threat to safety? This may seem extreme to you, but the passengers in the back have *paid for* a flight crew that is doing the job 100% of the time. Yes, overwater flights must be booring, but in reality there had better always be something to do in a cockpit. Hell, if you're bored, turn off the autopilot and find out how rusty you are at hand-flying the tub. The recent stories of the Airbus crash in Russia where the young boy may have been at the controls instead of a qualified pilot should be enough to refute your claims that pilot's leaving their seats without someone else who is qualified at the controls is not a safety problem. If the guys up front don't want to fly it, let me up there, but don't make me trust my life to a computer. How many times has yours hiccuped since you owned it? Everyone whines about the rules and the guy who broke them is classified as a "victim" when he's caught and punished. He read the FAR's. If he didn't want to take them seriously, he shouldn't have been in the cockpit of a commercial aircraft. He can go kill himself in a private aircraft any day he pleases, I won't deny him his own right to ignorance, but he will *not* endanger a passenger's life (however trifling it may seem) and get away with it. As my mom used to say... NO "BUTS". -- Nathan N. Duehr - firstname.lastname@example.org PPASEL, N0NTZ, Pikes Peak 120 (CAP), 76 Senior Sqdn. Comm Officer Member: Natl. Weather Service "Skywarn" Severe Weather Spotting Team, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Rocky Mountain Radio League. "Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says..."