Re: QF Flight Engineers Dying?

Date:         17 Dec 99 01:57:51 
From:         Pete Finlay <>
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In article <airliners.1999.1092@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Michael P Nixon
<> writes
>This is not necessarily true. It used to be VERY common in that most FEs
>became first officers. However, today, with fewer and fewer aircraft
>requiring FE positions, it seems that mostly captains, who have reached
>their 60th birthday and are thus no longer able to be captains, are
>filling the FE positions. Professional FEs (those who never become first
>officer or captains) are out there, but still rare.

Only rare in America. AFAIK, *most* of the F/E's in the States are
frustrated pilots, waiting their chance to jump into the co-pilot's

In Europe, and in particular the UK, professional Flight Engineers were
and are the norm, with a very small percentage going on to pilot
Pete Finlay