We hope this clears things up

Apparently this notice was sent by a major international airline to its pilots explaining the monitored approach method where, on an approach to very low visibility and ceiling, one pilot flies the approach and when the other pilot sees the runway, he takes control and lands. This removes the problem of the pilot having to make the transition from flying instruments and, at the last minute, looking outside and ‘getting his bearings’ as the other pilot is already ‘outside’.

If the pilot not flying says nothing by the time they reach ‘minimums’, the pilot flying automatically starts the ‘go-around’ procedure as he is still on the instruments.

Now try this actual explanation of this procedure from the airline’s manual:

Flight Operations Department Notice

There appears to be some confusion over the new pilot role titles. This notice will hopefully clear up any misunderstandings. The titles P1, P2 and Co-Pilot will now cease to have any meaning within the operations manuals. They are to be replaced by Handling Pilot, Non-Handling Pilot, Handling Landing Pilot, Non-Handling Landing Pilot, Handling Non-Landing Pilot, and Non-Handling Non-Landing Pilot.

The Landing Pilot is initially the Handling Pilot and will handle the take-off and landing, except in role reversal when he is the Non-Handling Pilot for taxi until the Handling Non-Landing Pilot hands the Handling to the Landing Pilot at eighty knots.

The Non-Landing (Non-Handling, since the Landing Pilot is Handling) Pilot reads the checklist to the Handling Pilot until after Before Descent Checklist completion, when the Handling Landing Pilot hands the handling to the Non-Handling Non-Landing Pilot who then becomes the Handling Non-Landing Pilot.

The Landing Pilot is the Non-Handling Pilot until the decision altitude call, when the Handling Non-Landing Pilot hands the handling to the Non-Handling Landing Pilot, unless the latter calls go-around, in which case the Handling Non-Landing Pilot continues Handling, and the Non-Handling Landing Pilot continues non-handling until the next call of land or go-around as appropriate.

In view of the recent confusion over these rules, it was deemed necessary to restate them clearly.

2 Responses to We hope this clears things up

  1. Capt. Nick April 12, 2010 at 09:50 #

    Quite! So just to be clear, the Non Landing Handling Pilot will handle the aircraft on the approach till the Landing Non handling pilot will call "Man land" and land the aircraft unless the Landing Non handling pilot calls "Go Around" in which case the Non Landing Handling pilot will carry out go around procedures and the Landing Non Handling pilot will read out the checklist till such time as that the Non Landing Handling pilot hands over the landing to the Landing Non Handling pilot.

    This is so much clearer than – P1 flies, P2 monitors and lands.

  2. Hani April 12, 2010 at 14:08 #


    You made this up, right? I mean, you *have* to have made it up. Please!

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