"As I guess you know from your previous posts in aviation cost is everything... tickets have to be cheap so that means airlines don't want crews "offline" for weeks doing training, being paid but not flying passengers around."Plog wrote: ↑Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:37 amAs I guess you know from your previous posts in aviation cost is everything... tickets have to be cheap so that means airlines don't want crews "offline" for weeks doing training, being paid but not flying passengers around.Hal wrote: ↑Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:21 amWhich throws open the question of where the operator fares in all of this. Boeing tweak their aircraft towards perfection, computers take over more and more. Is there time to fully train the operators, indeed is it even possible to train them thoroughly with technology leaping ahead?
I am interested in the behind the scenes talk of traditional 737 flight crew given minimal type rating for the Max that maybe - and I emphasise 'maybe'- not having sufficient guidance on the intricate changes to the aircraft, and again maybe, because ' there are sufficient back up systems to ensure safety'. Certainly two unfortunate LionAir pilots sounds as if they fell into this category and possibly another two the other day.
Type change courses can be (brutally) short these days, the pre-simulator technical groundschool phase is no longer weeks and weeks in the classroom, perhaps being taught by engineers via "chalk and talk", it's now more likely to be maybe 5-10 days maximum computer based self teach modules plus exams. If you don't need to know how something works you don't get told it, sometimes all you get told about a particular system is what it does, not how.. and where the on/off switch is. Having been brought up the old school way it is not something that sits well with me..
"Differences" courses between variants as short/minimalistic as possible ( sometimes it can just a small book, a video or two, an exam and off you go..).
As for 737 specifically it has never been "my aisle" at all but rumour has it MCAS was considered as being "invisible" to the crew - so much that the Lionair crews had zero documentation and zero training on it before that accident.
Sure costs are important but I would argue that safety is more important