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‘It’s Not Quite Like Riding a Bike’: Pilots Get Ready to Fly Again

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As airlines ramp up service, pilots who have been furloughed or laid off need to be retrained in everything from dealing with the control tower to “volcanic ash” scenarios. (www.nytimes.com) More...

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Ricovandijk
Rico van Dijk 12
I was made ‘current’ again after 6 months furlough and in the sim everything went smooth, no issues at all, but now I fly about twice a month and I find I have to think allot for simple tasks like anti-icing, split packs operation and the likes. But nothing too serious. Also I rehearse the memory items now in the car to work. Just in case.
belzybob
belzybob 7
Having not ridden a bicycle for many years I actually found I had not only lost a lot of skills, but more importantly lost the confidence in riding like I used to. It took quite a while to get it all back.
ADXbear
ADXbear 7
Not very reassuring comments, maybe crew sched needs to keep returning pilots close to those that have remained flying.. qusi-instructor
punkrawk78
Silent Bob 14
And it's a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.
A6SEA
Bill Butler 3
I don't know why I keep accessing these stories from NYT. I'll just get the salient points from y'alls comments.
baingm
Gary Bain 3
First of all I wouldn't pay a single penny to subscribe to the NY Times. Secondly, it actually is exactly is like riding a bike. A quick refresher in the sim and any professional pilot would be good to go. Another BS article by someone who knows nothing about real aviation.
rdtruitt
Raleigh Truitt 3
No, it is known as a perishable skill. The sim can in no way replicate the thousand decision points and memory points involved in taking a transport aircraft into the air for a successful flight. There must be humility, not hubris.
lvenable
lvenable 0
Actually, the sim can replicate the thousand decision points. That is its purpose.
rdtruitt
Raleigh Truitt 1
Not the 270 deg visuals for ground ops. Other stuff too.

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