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Husband and wife prohibited to share cockpit

Old 31st Oct 2016, 17:43
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After reading all posts, we can see that there more cases like this one around the world.
We donít know how many incidents happened , duet both pilots being a couple.

I know that when they meet , she was a flight attendant, and decided to take the pilot course ATPL. And internally she moved for F/O.

Ie in this case was "taken like a baby in the lap"

During long time, it went well.

Already since the incident, they should have been separated.

But did not.

And it is "Murphy's LawĒ, this day had to happen.

This case is a sample, but I think it serves as a great example for everyone.

Who is reading here, perhaps you should warn your companies.
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Old 31st Oct 2016, 18:27
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Trust & familiarity inevitably leads to complacency and relaxed monitoring, regardless of relationship. Being paired with a competent stranger is the safest combination, as both sides will be alert to what the other is doing.
Not sure if I agree. I flew with a relative for 14 years and now I fly with the same CoCap since 10 years. Managed not to have an accident up to now (knockin in wood)
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Old 31st Oct 2016, 21:42
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My nephew (in law) & niece (aka hubby & wife) have flown together a few times now, no big deal for two very professional people.
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Old 31st Oct 2016, 22:20
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Yeah, I'm willing to grant that most professional couples can keep it professional. But personal relationships can influence crew dynamics, and that's especially true for close relationships. In my case, I can't captain a double scull with my wife aft, due to CRM issues.
In this case, if they let the CVR overwrite the tailstrike, then the tie goes to keeping them apart.
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Old 1st Nov 2016, 13:05
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HD,

Maybe I should take out inevitably, for persons with a high level of professional standards and discipline it should make no difference. But safety is a numbers game, on the balance of probabilities I do not think it is a good idea to allow the same crew pairing for an extended time in a commercal airline environment, regardless of the reasons. Same reason why having two training captains up front, with a third on the jumpseat for good measure, is a sure way of asking for trouble.

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and in the (hypothetical) case of a hijack and one of the partners is threatened with harm unless the other does what they say... you'd find it impossible to explain that to your child/ren...
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Old 2nd Nov 2016, 13:01
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Isn't that more of a concern for the much more common pilot/cabin crew couples instead of the pilot/pilot ones?
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Old 2nd Nov 2016, 13:08
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I'm not that good with statistics, but I'd estimate the chances of that happening to be about the same as a piano randomly falling on your head. How would this hijacker know that they are in a relationship together? Sounds a bit far-fetched to me.
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Old 2nd Nov 2016, 14:38
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yep, hence the word 'hypothetical'
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Old 3rd Nov 2016, 13:09
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Quote Andrasz:
The problem is/was not their relationship, but the fact that they paired for 85% of their flights. Trust & familiarity inevitably leads to complacency and relaxed monitoring, regardless of relationship. Being paired with a competent stranger is the safest combination, as both sides will be alert to what the other is doing.

I forgot the exact date but about 2-3 years ago an exec jet crashed due to the gust lock still in place. (overran the RWY at high speed, not able to rotate). Some serious CRM issues there like an almost non existent checklist discipline. I think this is an issue with private companies that fly their own bizz jet with a small number (2?) of pilots.

I agree that a non familiar combo tends to have all crew adhere to standard calls and procedures from the start. However there must be numerous cases, the other member tackeld a problem, knowing the other's weak points. I have a very personal recollection about at least one experience.
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Old 4th Nov 2016, 23:14
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Things now got tense , even between colleagues
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Old 5th Nov 2016, 13:46
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I suspect any restrictions on this pairing could come under TEM philosophy. There will never be a definitive right/wrong answer. It'll be 'opinions are like rear orifices; everyone has one'. It can be argued, and not completely discounted, that there is a risk of familiarity, family feuding, cockpit gradient, who's in charge, slack oversight to avoid confrontation that has to be endured for days etc. etc. It could also be that all is in the rose garden. If a DFO does not want to take the risk then no problem.
If it considered a near certain disaster to try & teach your wife to drive why would it be considered strange to avoid being locked up in a flight deck for hours when one of you is the ranking boss.
I used to fly, occasionally & in 2 different companies, with my wife as purser. Service was impeccable and it gave us a crew party room on night stops, or a snore escape boudoir. Once we arrived home she said, "uniform off and now we are in my territory."

I'm sure that somewhere, sometime, probably the USA, there was a crew with Dad & Son up front and mama ruling the roost in the cabin. It's the sort of thing that might be organised for Dad's last flight. Those in the know.........
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I'm sure that somewhere, sometime, probably the USA, there was a crew with Dad & Son up front and mama ruling the roost in the cabin. It's the sort of thing that might be organised for Dad's last flight. Those in the know.........
There was recently a QF pilot in the news after proposing to his lady over the PA. I knew him many moons ago and at that time he used to regularly fly with his Father whom was captain.
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