Regional Jets vs. Wide-body Airplanes?
Would it be easier to fly a RJ (CRJ-705,CRJ-200) or a narrow or wide body plane (A320, B777.) I want to be a pilot so I was just wondering about this.
- Skipper 747Lv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
The "size" of an airplane has nothing to do with ease or difficulty to fly it -
I have flown quite a few different jet airplanes - airliners etc.
To my opinion, the easiest to fly was the 747 -
And the most difficult to handle properly, was the... little Learjet 23/24 or 25...! -
When I was a check-pilot with new 747 pilots, my only concern was their taxiing -
It is a very large airplane, and requires pilots to taxi on "centerline" -
First officers can taxi a 747 (there is a tiller on the RH side too) -
Once the airplane is on the runway, the 747 is like any other airplane -
The hardest thing to do with a 747 is a "u-turn" on a regular runway -
This requires at least 153 feet wide runway - 46 metres -
The pilots who "boast" their aptitude to be a super-ace-jumbo-captain are idiots -
I personally respect pilots who fly "by the numbers" and observe "proper procedures" -
.Source(s): Retired pilot
- 9 years ago
As a pilot you usually start with planes such as the regional jets. Later you could move up in the ranks. The more the plane weighs the more you get payed as a general rule of thumb. It does not matter the size. The plane type matters more, for a 777 and 767, both Boeing wide bodies fly very differently.
- CaretakerLv 79 years ago
Regional requires a lot more interaction with ATC. You're continually in and out of controlled airspace with several takeoffs and landings in your duty day. Wide Body, you're flying the routes. A lot more calm time. Virtually set and forget.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Not much difference anymore. Everything is computer controlled so it's like a large computer game. The size of the aircraft has ceased to be relevant. Taxying on the ground is a whole new ballgame.
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- 9 years ago
You know what guy? When you're sitting up front they all seem the same. Just instruments and controls in front of you and a windshield. Like the other gentleman said, you must while taxiing always beware of where your wingtips are.Source(s): Retired airlione pilot, instructor and examiner