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Is there a pilot on board?
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Sunday, 08 June 2014 03:44

Hero passenger steps in for ailing pilot

Hi Good Day to you Capt Lim,

I always have this question in mind and I tried to google the answer but I couldn't manage to find it.

I was just wondering, if there is a passenger holding a pilot license such as PPL or even a CPL license, and that passenger boarded a flight to go for a vacation.

Will the airline/immigration knows whether, in that particular flight, there is a pilot on board?

Thank You.

Regards,

Julian

Hi Julian,

Normally an airline or the immigration would not know if a passenger travelling on a particular flight is a pilot with a PPL, CPL or ATPL unless you volunteer this information during the booking of your ticket by adding a ‘Captain or First Officer’ to your name. Even with that, they still need to reconfirm with you at the check-in counter.

As such, in situation where there is a pilot incapacitation during a flight, there may be a very discrete request for a pilot on board the flight to assist in the cockpit. In most cases, a company pilot travelling as a passenger would be the best pilot to help out in this situation.

Similarly, the airlines may not know if a passenger on board a flight is a doctor or not. Hence, you may sometime hear an announcement paging politely, “Is there a doctor on board” in urgent in-flight medical cases.


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