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F/O 's job got lesser meaning !

Old 7th Jun 2001, 19:20
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At my company FO's (usually coming from a flight instruction or perhaps light twin flying background) have several restrictions. They are:

1) No takeoffs below CAT I limits for that airport.
2) No hands on throttles for takeoff.
3) No taxiing.
4) No engine starts (this is new, FO's used to be able to start with Captain's supervision... why it was changed is a mystey as no FO done start in the history of the company has resulted in damage or improper procedure, something that can't be said for the Captains).
5) No circles below 1000-3.

In addition there is the expectation that in the event of an emergency with the FO flying, the FO will continue flying until completion of immediate memory items and then emergency checklists, followed by Captain flying the actually landing. This isn't "in writing" but is the expectation.

As a Captain now I am disappointed that as the months go by we become more and more limited in our ability to help develop "The Captains in training" and am grateful to all the Captains who allowed me to do the things in the aircraft I would be expected to do when I became a Captain.


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