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Concorde Captain/FO duties

Old 7th Oct 2020, 22:15
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Concorde Captain/FO duties

Hi folks,
Somebody told me recently that on the BA Concordes, Captain was always PF for every sector and F/O was always PNF (would call it PM these days). I expressed surprise at the time but in any footage, Captain does always appear to be flying. The checklist also appears to assign specific calls/checks to Captain and F/O, not PF/PNF. Can someone confirm or deny this? It would seem pretty gratuitous, as well as quite dull for an F/O years never actually flying the thing.
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Old 8th Oct 2020, 05:47
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Captain was always PF for every sector and F/O was always PNF
No - all fleets in BA operated to a common set of procedures. Reckon nobody filmed any P2 legs
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IIRC the final Concorde landing at Heathrow was performed by the FO
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I knew that couldn't be right, thanks chaps
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When I had a jump seat ride in a Concorde trip from/to a regional airport back in the days, the FO (please note) carried out a fully manual landing; it was stick and rudder stuff, right back to basics. I can still vividly recall my sheer terror as we appeared to be aiming for the middle of the 2,000m runway, way beyond the TDZ. Just as I got resigned to dying in a smoking hole in the village beyond the far end, the main wheels touched down in precisely the right place.

I understood that those joy-ride flights that BA did at regional airports, typically an hour or so for about 400 a head, were primarily to enable the pilots, RHS and LHS, to do the minimum landings to stay current, because this could not be done on scheduled services alone. The 40K income would not have gone very far towards the cost of each flight, even if the positioning legs from/to LHR were also sold, as they usually were.
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I understood that those joy-ride flights that BA did at regional airports, typically an hour or so for about 400 a head, were primarily to enable the pilots, RHS and LHS, to do the minimum landings to stay current, because this could not be done on scheduled services alone.
Same was said about the periodic placing of a Concorde on the London-Glasgow/Edinburgh shuttle, which came with PR hoopla and articles in the news. A classic was doing it on the morning British Midland introduced their competing Diamond Service on the Glasgow run, timed to arrive there just as the BMA PR team were doing their pitch to the journalists, and which emptied the presentation room of its audience just at the critical moment - and as the editor of the evening newspaper was only going to have one aviation story on the front page, guess which one it was ...
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