You heard right, going with the whole non-pilot people in the flight deck thing… we have this.
A Chinese pilot has been grounded, and his flight cert has been suspended after a picture of a woman getting to sit in the flight deck, while in mid-flight, went viral on social media. This sparked outrage over a breach of safety rules in China’s government.
“The photo was spotted by a Chinese aviation blogger on Sunday. The blogger identified that the image was taken on an Air Guilin plane mid-flight, and criticized the airline for disregarding flight safety. The woman has since deleted the original photo on her Weibo account.” -CNN
Monday, the airline said it had suspended the unnamed pilot from flying duties “for life” for violating civil aviation rules, while other members of the flight crew had been banned indefinitely, pending further investigation. -CNN
The pilot has been fired from the airline and may have his cert permanently removed. The government has also considered putting him on a flying blacklist, preventing him from flying anywhere whether as a pilot or a passenger. However, this has not been 100% confirmed.
As for the woman, she deleted her social media pages and has also been considered to be blacklisted from flying.
“The woman was identified as a student taking a flight attendant course at the Guilin Tourism University, according to the state-run People’s Daily. It is unclear whether she is personally connected to the pilot.”
And for good reason too! As a passenger, you wouldn’t feel comfortable with an unlicensed person sitting at the controls during flight. Not only did he break the rules, but the captain put everyone’s life in danger.
Thank you for reminding me🙂 and yea, even though autopilot can do it all, if programmed right, what if, the plane just dove. Now as qualified as a first officer is, it’d take two experienced pilots to stop a dive safety.
Xu Xin, the Air Guilin CEO, was issued a “serious warning” + three-month salary cut
Qu Taoji, General Manager, received a “major warning”+ three-month salary cut + demotion
Yang Wenzhong, Deputy Maintenance Manager, received a three-month salary cut
Yin Ruiji, Safety Director, received a three-month salary cut
Shi Ziqiaoand, General Manager of the Air Security Department, received a three-month salary cut
China took this incident so seriously that they cut the wages of the airlines CEO, the general manager, the maintenance manager, the safety director and the general manager of the air security department, for the next 3 months.
I know, but I don’t think this topic really suit with this forum.
It’s good but also it’s not that good. Many people including those who works in the industry thinks that having regulations that strict is too much. Of course precautions are never too much as long as it keeps those flights safe. But it sometimes affects the efficiency.