reply to post by Emiiiiiil
...would like to know that pilots are so top professionel, that nothing would
cause them all to leave the cabin during flight?
my guess is no.
Your guess is absolutely correct.
But the Airbus is such a automated plane, from what i understand, that you cant really fly it outside the envelope?
From what I understand, that is so. But, that presupposes the pilots attempt to fly outside the envelope. Very strong turbulence is an outside
Could some crews gain so much reliability in to the automatisation that
they would sleep/eat/play online poker. maybe in another room?
Im just asking?
Yes you are, and that's good.
But knowing that they flew into a storm, that's unlikely to have happened im sure.
Well, now....we get to the meat of the matter. The weather was on their course. Quite a few other airplanes, some just minutes ahead, behind or
nearby, also flew through the area. Of course it is advisable to deviate as needed....usually a line of thunderstorm cells aren't bunched up
together so tightly that you can't find a way between them. The question, then is one of judgement...using the tools at hand (your WX Radar) your
experience, and whether or not you have chatted with the other airplanes ahead of you, to ask them what they see/saw, how the ride was, etc.
They, obviously, encountered conditions more extreme than they expected -- tragically. The recorders will yield a lot of clues, hopefully.
EDIT to add: I looked up the flight time for the GIG/CDG trip. It is scheduled at 11:15. Because it is a two-person crew, normally -- this
requires a third, because of the trip being more than 8 hours (This is standard per FAA for US pilots. No reason to suspect it isn't the same under
ICAO rules as well). Way this works is, all three pilots are in the cockpit for take-off and landing. In between, the time enroute is divided into
three rest periods. Captain, usually due to senority, gets first choice of which period. As of now, we have no way of knowing their rotation.
SO, the most senior (and, likely...but not always most experienced) pilot may or may not have been in the cockpit. (BTW, the middle break is usually
the most restful...meal service is over, airplane is quieter, lights turned low). Now...all three are fully qualified, as a matter of course.
AND, Air France may have specific rest procedures that I'm not aware of. But, I doubt they do...it is left for the three to work out between
Again...tuck this away as speculation on my part. Time will tell how correct I am, or am not.
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