Every time you board a plane, you put your life in the hands of the pilot and the crew. You now take airline safety for granted because it is so good. You get on a plane with the expectation of getting off again a few hours later, and you should.
The employment of the terms “pilot” and “co-pilot” in media portrayals of the aviation sector is one of my pet peeves. While both terms are acceptable when used in the right situation, they are frequently used incorrectly.
I hear on the news much too frequently that “the pilot” successfully landed the plane following an onboard emergency. It’s likely that there are two pilots in the aircraft, unless it’s a little propeller-powered model. Three pilots will fly on lengthier trips, and four pilots may be on some ultra-long-range missions. All of the pilots present in the flight deck, not just one, are responsible for a flight’s safety.
The word “co” signifies “joint” or “together,” which is a hint in the phrase “co-pilot.” The co-pilot is equally sᴋɪʟʟed and trained as the captain in flying the aircraft. The sole distinction is that while the co-pilot is operating the aircraft, most airlines have wind and visibility restrictions.
The captain and co-pilot will alternate operating the aircraft on a daily basis. The first sector, which includes takeoff, climb, cruise, approach, and landing, may be flown by the co-pilot, and the return sector, which includes flying, may be flown by the captain.
While “captain” makes it clear who is meant, “co-pilot” is a bit more ambiguous, which may be the cause of the title’s widespread misunderstanding. The term “co-pilot” is used broadly because there might be three ranks for co-pilots but only one rank for captains.
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