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Single Crew Biz Jets U.K.?

Old 21st Oct 2020, 22:59
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Single Crew Biz Jets U.K.?

How often do business operators fly their aircraft single-crew (for example Citation, Learjet, King Air, PC12).

Is it commonplace for pilots to be asked to fly small business aeroplanes single pilot?

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum!
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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 17:37
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A slightly muddled question as covers too many types.
Learjets are all multi pilot aircraft so cannot be flown single pilot any time.
Most Citations are multi pilot aircraft, but the CJ series is not. However, for Commercial ops all jets are multi pilot so it is only on private flights that they can be flown SP. Generally speaking the extra cost of doing both lots of training outweighs the benefits of occaisonally being able to fly SP so operators doing both types of ops don't usually bother. Purely private operators may well, but they also often operate as per the turboprops since having only one pilot introduces a "single point of failure" in case of incapacitation.
King Airs and PC12s can be flown single pilot both privately and commercially and often are, althoguh equally there is often a "pilot's assistant", an unrated person in the RHS just to make the customers feel happier.
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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 17:50
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I understand it is now illegal for a non type rated pilot to sit in a pilots seat, as they are passengers so should not occupy crew seats. I believe this was highlighted after the LEA King Air crash a few years ago .
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Old 23rd Oct 2020, 12:09
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Passengers can occupy unused crew seats no problem. What they have banned is using a not type rated (or even type rated but not OPC'd etc) pilot in the RHS and getting them to do R/T, paperwork etc. An excellent example of the regulations being counter-productive to safety. That doesn't mean you can't have someone sitting there who could quite easily land the aircraft in an emergency which makes a lot of passengers (and their insurance companies) happier.
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