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Flying with One or Two hands

Old 30th May 2014, 15:45
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Flying with One or Two hands

....serious report from the skipper. If you bored whilst flying there are more productive activities you can do.
What will be the next write up? Please don't look more than 5 minutes to the right please? I may think you are incapacitated.
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Old 30th May 2014, 15:57
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flying with 2 hands

I read this in the latest fleet news. Surely this is a joke right? What kind of small minded, under confident little captain writes into the fleet office about were the FO's hands are.
It's weird.
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Old 30th May 2014, 19:25
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I always fly with one hand and play with my [email protected]@ls with the other...
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Old 30th May 2014, 20:24
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Oh FFS! Only on the FH thread and in CX. One hand is good enough for landing but insufficient for TO. That said, I fly with two for takeoff because it's "the Cathay way."

Do other airlines suffer this same level of triviality?
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Old 30th May 2014, 20:49
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They recruit pilots.
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Old 30th May 2014, 21:32
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Moreover, I am expecting a formal thank you note, personally handwritten from the FO next time I give away a sector.
You are right PW. Cx doesn't t recruit future commanders, but perm FO.

Strange that our esteemed CP approved it.
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Old 30th May 2014, 22:51
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Two hands on takeoff for the airbus too?

I'll have to try that.
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Old 31st May 2014, 01:06
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You see the airbus is better as we use one hand for everything
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Old 31st May 2014, 01:42
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It's been standard SOP at all Airlines I've worked for the PF to use two hands during rotate and then one for Landing on Aircraft that still use Yokes.

Indeed that's the way Boeing teach it as well.( checkout the Video on Air Force One, the AC uses two hands on Rotate as well )

What's new??

What sort of Captain writes about where the FO's hands are??? Well not me but I can fully understand his frustration after seeing FO's doing some weird things during takeoff and landing...

1/ FO not looking at Engine instruments at all as PM on takeoff
2/ FO letting go of all controls apon touchdown
3/ FO not applying forward pressure on the yoke during commence of roll
4/ FO not applying suitable control inputs during xwind takeoffs and landings......

This is in no way intended to complain about FO's, most I fly with are top notch, indeed a few Tailstrikes have occurred whilst the CN was PF.

It's not the FO's fault either.....training department

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Old 31st May 2014, 02:37
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I love the way that the Captain assumed it must be an attitude problem either personally or with work that prompted this heinous crime!!!

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Old 31st May 2014, 04:56
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not relevant

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Old 31st May 2014, 09:15
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I agree with the FO handling the A/C with two hands for the most part ( next time I will ask the FO to engage the AP for me since I am unable to fly with 1 hand).
The "single" hand action won' t lead me into believe that the FO is not interested in the job ( flew with plenty CN in the past who we're not interested in the escape routes charts or ANY briefings over high terrain at all for example).
However I will NOT go out of my way to report such petty event to the CP. It will show how under confident I am.
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Old 31st May 2014, 09:16
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FFS, Boeing also designed the aircraft with a TRIM system so that control loads can be negated and a light touch is all that's required, and on their newer aircraft a Fly By Wire system that minimises secondary pitch inputs so that control loads are light and the aircraft responsive to small inputs when the aircraft is in normal phases of flight (e.g. in trim!) and can be accurately flown using one hand.

I'd opine that they designed the aircraft yoke so that two hand can be used when needed - but only if and when required for gross (rotation and acceleration) or abnormal control inputs!

Save the two handed white knuckles death grip for your karaoke mike....
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Old 31st May 2014, 16:49
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I did a crew up with an SO in the sim and saw him flying with one hand. I informed him that we fly boeing big jets with both hands, except when needed for the thrust levers. That was it. I didn't send a letter whining about it to the fleet office.

There are a couple captains at CX that seem to go to the fleet office about EVERY detail they encounter. My how the fleet office must feel like babysitters. One personality conflict does not require a write-up in the newsletter. Certainly there are more important things!
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Old 1st Jun 2014, 07:23
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What ever happened to a 'quiet word' - thereby fulfilling one's obligation to pass on pearls of wisdom to junior crew members. Not via the Fleet Office whilst adding some self-awarded 'brownie points', just a gentle, helpful bit of good advice.
Boeing CP should educate some of these 'visitors' to his office - not publish them!
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Old 2nd Jun 2014, 00:12
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Back in the days of flying the DC3 I always flew one hand on the wheel and the other hand on the throttles when taking off and landing.

Never ever ran into a situation where the airplane could not be flown that way.
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Old 2nd Jun 2014, 00:30
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But we land with only one hand on the yoke. Surely that's a more demanding phase of flight? Another bully boy in the making by the sounds of it.

I reckon they publish these stories just to embarrass the contributors and to show us what they deal with.

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Old 2nd Jun 2014, 02:17
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So who is this guy?

We bus boys have share of knobs (people type) but don't have the One hand - Two hand conundrum.

Who is this ****? Name, or initials. Old school, new crop or a muddle if the roader who should know better??
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Old 2nd Jun 2014, 06:41
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They are hiding out there sometimes - toss pot Captains who think that you can't be anywhere near as professional an aviator as them because you only have three stripes.

Wasn't so long ago I used to fly for years single pilot multi-IFR with no useable autopilot. Pretty sure I would have crashed had I kept two hands on the control column then. Hard to believe I used to tune radios and navaids, follow charts, change heading bugs, talk on the radio and look out the window etc without another pilot there to keep me safe. I find it a nuisance that I have to ask 'he/she who must be obeyed' to do all those things for me now. Surely it is not beyond any competent airline pilot (in either seat) to turn their own heading bug while hand-flying? Really?

Being able to comfortably fly the aircraft one-handed (even a widebody jet on a long-haul flight) shows you have the aircraft nicely trimmed and under control and probably have some capacity to spare...

I would welcome that on a flightdeck - not criticise it!
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Old 2nd Jun 2014, 09:24
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Do you need white gloves or does military issue ones suffice?

Are the joys of multi-crew.
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