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So we start tonight with a question you probably never asked before taking -- like how experienced is your pilot.
How many hours as he spent flying the type of plane that you're flying right now are you watching us from jetBlue did you -- before you took off.
Has he ever landed that plane to it before we now know that the pilot back home.
During AG on airlines tragic crash had never landed a Boeing 777.
At the San Francisco airport and he only had 43 hours of experience flying one under his belt we're going to dig in on the rules -- reality of aircraft training.
And what you didn't what you don't know could put your -- with me now.
-- your goals and active commercial pilot Robert mark who also publishes.
The web site jet wine dot com gentlemen thanks some expert coming on the show tonight.
Peter -- writing me.
I want to ask you about this because I think that this story has really revealed a lot about pilot training and how much is actually down on the job but it's made a lot of people out -- very nervous.
One of the rules.
Well in this case you've got the the first officer who had extensive flight experience.
In a 737.
Moving up in -- and is captain mark let's we'll tell you every pilot wants to do that the bigger the plane.
The more money you make and in this case the question is not only you know.
What was the co pilot thinking of when he allowed the speed to bleed off to almost a hundred knots.
What was the flying captain.
-- -- the captive in the left seat doing.
What role -- -- play this whole accident is completely inexplicable.
Robert you know I mean as passengers I just flew over the weekend I flew yesterday we habit in our mind that the person who has our lives in his or her hand.
Has been flying for ever and practiced landing in practice taking -- and knows the ins and out of this aircraft but when you think about the logic of that.
It would cost so much money to have pilots flying around an empty planes learning how to do -- correctly with these enormous planes.
That's not realistic so how often is it.
That you're out there in the air and you have no idea.
That you're pilot could landing aircraft for the very first time -- Well luckily -- in the United States if it doesn't happen very often.
But of course the the training that these pilots.
Did get we can't completely comment on because I'm not sure where they were trained.
But for US pilots they spent extensive time and flight simulators that -- very similarly to the aircraft itself.
When they do go out on the first trip they have another experienced pilot alongside its kind of like having that.
FedEx -- instructor with the -- during first usually 25 to thirty hours on the line.
So normally you would never have an inexperienced captain paired up within inexperienced co pilot it just.
It just doesn't happen in -- as Peter rightly said.
What in the world where these people doing an -- -- -- you you may know more about this tonight but I believe the two relief pilots should have been on the cockpit.
Selena as well Peter I mean -- -- back to you it it doesn't make me feel better that he's been practicing in a simulator I mean to meet the average person that sounds like a video game and we liken this to.
The surgeon who goes in and performs his first surgery -- there you know it's their first appendectomy and everybody's got a first time.
And it's always on a real person when you're doing it for real because that's a person who needs the appendectomy.
I hadn't really apply that to flying as well.
You know these people just don't necessarily have a ton of experience is their web site.
That you can go tour as a consumer is there any way to get information about the pilot was piloting your plane.
No there really isn't but in this case yet the the first officers say had thousands of hours in -- 737.
And probably made.
Thousands of landings and takeoffs.
He was a qualified.
Air transport pilot.
And he was flying -- experience triple seven pilot this is that this is an accident that they're gonna know.
About something and they and the captain what we'll discuss it I'm sure cockpit resource management.
But there are -- how did -- get.
-- know how different are those planes because that's a point a lot of people of made all during the day today with that yet thousands and thousands of hours in a 737.
But it's seven triple seven is very different it is it has to -- I mean it's a different link.
If you're flying -- you're trying to land visually which I understand you know obviously not a pilot but I understand in this case that was the scenario.
That he had been in a 737 for thousands of hours.
-- it's extremely relevant and and I think as Peter said this is going to be out a watershed event in our industry.
And of course that is -- also yours because everyone that travels on board these airplanes is gonna wonder.
But we we will find that.
The the training that they hang out in flying any kind of an airplane you know not -- of a major airport gives you the experience to know what.
The landing runway is supposed to look like.
When you are looking out the cockpit window and I grant you yes when -- close to the runway a 74 -- a little higher or 73 sevens a little lower.
But the essential picture that tells the pilot when they're landing visually.
If you are either very very high or very very low is almost.
-- irrelevant it's the same for every kind of an airplane.
Well I mean obviously goes about saying that there there was the human tragedy it was an incredible toll on the people that were there that were involved in -- going to be huge financial bill.
For everyone that was involved on the -- I think -- is -- question we will be exploring for some time gentlemen thank you for coming on we appreciate parents are most welcome.
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