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Father, daughter team-up to fly American Airlines jet

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It was Co-pilot Jen Byrne's 1st anniversary with AA and she gets to fly with her father, Scott Byrne, an AA Captain. (www.msn.com) Altro...

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pilot62
Very Cool, She can fly him thru retirement :) , I think that's as good as it gets, watching your kids succeed and especially when it's a shared love
canuck44
canuck44 10
Absolutely. If she greased that landing his smile would be 1% of his total pride for one gets a very warm, satisfied feeling inside when a son or daughter has a notable success.
augerin
Well said...
Moviela
Very nice. Good to see one's children become successful, at the same time your children admire your line of work enough to take it up themselves.
andyc852
Totally agree with both comments posted. One of the things I learned in life is that my son at 22 was better at buying cars than I was, and I was proud and happy to delegate.
canuck44
canuck44 7
When at a certain point they begin to meet or exceed our achievements, it is like a role reversal for many tasks and our own values change. Laying in the ICU a couple of years ago, I told my daughter that no matter how much recognition she receives as a CEO and a Design Engineer, my greatest pride is reserved for the fact that she and her husband are terrific parents for their children.
jtarkington2
I am sure he his proud. My son flew for the airlines until just recently and on his first trip as a captain I surprised him in Philly and flew with him from Philly to Richmond, VA as a passenger. I know the feeling. My son is a third generation pilot and I hope we have a fourth and fifth generation pilots. Congratulations Scott and Jen.
mick59
Mike Smith 4
As a father I would be proud as punch if my daughter shared my passion and proved her worth but she has done very well for her self i what he does , so i know the feeling a father has when their children succed in life. Good on her, what a way to celebrate your flying career
Coley
Great story, I know just how he feels, my 25 year old daughter has followed me into the cockpit of commercial helicopters and she's enjoying a fabulous career as well. Bravo to both girls.
watkinssusan
what a lovely story! you can see the pride in her fathers face in that picture of them both in the cockpit..congratulations to jen for fulfilling a dream, and to her father for helping her along the way..
mhumphreys
More pressure than the standard check-ride.
I am happy that he had the opportunity to see his child in her selected career, doing what she loves and was trained for. The pride and exhilaration that he felt had to be one of his greatest experiences since the young lady entered the world. Glad that AA gave them the opportunity.
mileswohl
miles wohl 2
very cool
cbaye
As aviators, we know how special and fun a moment like this is. Most of us can identify with the desire to do our mentors proud. At the same time, the article diminishes the accomplishments of the first officer by, again, making it look like she is somehow less qualified to be in her job. Both pilot are type-rated in that aircraft to be "pilot in command". The distinction is one of seniority and experience, not qualification.
skyhawkrg
skyhawkrg 1
Just curious, can anybody identify the type of aircraft they're in cockpit of?
joefly09
joefly09 1
MD 88, FROM THE LOOKS OF THE WINDOWS AND TIGHTNESS OF COCKPIT. ONLY DIFFERENCE IS IT HAS THE UPGRADE NAV SYSTEM INSTALLED.
jdriskell
Great story!
FedExCargoPilot
Cool story, but why don't they fly together more often?
Doobs
Dee Lowry 1
Senority.
marriottpw
There was a father-daughter team that flew the DC-10 for United about 30 years ago. i flew with them once.
AAaviator
AAaviator 1
Great story! Proud dad, accomplished daughter - doesn't get any better than that!
diazfran
what a great expirence for both¡¡
frankL55
this is great, seeing a child be successful and able to achieve this in life is something most of us fathers don't get to see. Go Jen I don't know you but I am proud of you
bryantrent74
that is nice
bryantrent74
that is great that she got to fly with him
Gesd
He must be sooooooooo proud!!!!
TEAMERICA
I received my PPL while on leave in the USAF two days before departing for DaNang, Vietnam March 12, 1970. After I dropped the FAA Examiner off at ONT I met my Dad at Bracket Fld (KPOC) to take him "around the patch" as my first passenger. I know how Jen felt with the pride beaming from my dad's heart. I was 19.
That was the last afternoon I spent with my dad as he died in a plane crash 6 months later while I was in Vietnam. I was so glad to have been able to take him for a ride.
djguidry
Great not only when your kids share your passion but even better when you get to experience it with them.
Fantastic!
w2bsa
w2bsa 1
This is very cool!! I know he must be proud.
arughani
What a great accomplishment for both !!
Well Done.
joefly09
joefly09 1
from what i see its a md 88
arughani
Caring in the cockpit for man or machine promotes safety. is that not our prime directive.

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AAaviator
AAaviator 3
That would bring roaring laughter at a comedy club. Unfortunately in so many other venues (like this one), folks have zero sense of humor, and are spring loaded to ALWAYS playing the "I'm offended card" in a totally knee-jerk manner. Lightgen up people! There is a sublime truth to preferential minority hiring afterall - in both gender, and ethnicity. Maybe it's an inartful way of presenting a perspective, but so what. Get over your whimpering selves for crissakes. I'm not offended, becuase I choose not to be. You who express offense are usually offended because you WANT to be.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 0
Then the opposite end of the spectrum from preferential minority hiring is the glass ceiling. People have a right to be sensitive to certain issues without you making numerous false assumptions.
AAaviator
AAaviator 1
Way to go AWAAlum!

You can always count on someone to go way back in time, and continue to make that ignorant, fact-free “glass ceiling” affirmation, and foolishly attempt to give that obsolete notion some kind of relevance in our contemporary times. To be clear, as much as you might want it to exist, your mythical “glass ceiling” is simply nowhere to be found in pilot hiring, pilot promotion, or pilot pay, at least not in the past 30+ years that I’ve been in the business. You might want to push past the victim mentality, and persecution complex, and get on with life.

As far as rights, let me bring a little reality to your self-entitled world. Life on earth has very few “rights” and the “right to be sensitive” sure as hell isn’t one of them! The foot stomping, demand laden obsession over perceived “rights” is the social scourge festering within the exploding, “Jerry Springer” entitlement class who can’t tell the damn difference between 1st world inconveniences, and real matters of life and death. Lastly, your simpering rhetoric about “making numerous false assumptions” is both preposterous and baseless. The amusing irony is that you employ your own false assumptions to assert other false assumptions are being made! Now that’s just rich!
Doobs
Dee Lowry 0
Well said, Aviator.
jmilleratp
Women and minorities get preferential hiring at the majors. When you see TV and print ads, you will see women and minority pilots front and center. That is what major airlines want. Certainly there are other preferences too, like military pilots, and children of pilots already at that major. Major Airlines can hire who they want for whatever reason they want, and this is what they do. Women at our airline went to the majors quickly, including one lady who got hired on at an airline whose hiring at the time was stated as hiring pool only. I have had numerous medical issues while at my airline, so flying my twin turbojet in the left seat is perfectly fine for me! Hey, if I went to the majors, I would go from a a twin turbojet to a...twin turbojet. And, to the right seat, which I would rather not do.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 0
Affirmative action needs to go. Put all applicants on even footing for the interview. Put them in a real Learjet, not those imitation 40,60,70, and 80 series, 20 or 30 series or an MU 2 sim.. Fly a single engine NDB full approach from an NDB hold with a 25kt. crosswind to a short wet runway down to mins.. Upon successful completion, give them a job!!!
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 0
Oh I forgot, circle to the other runway, the straight in one is closed...
j2dawson
It seems you might have one.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 0
Sorry - I've never resort to this before, but - you're a pig!
JENNYJET
Ineptitude in the extreme however why not see your personal Doctor and your wish for a Vagina may come true!

All fight deck crew will not want to meet with you upon their airplane until you do have your Vagina and may God help you!
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 4
Oxlong did take it to the extreme. Good for her, but here's another scenario. My CFI joined Eagle in 1994, flowed through to AA two years ago at age 47 and 20,000 hours later.
You'd be a fool if you didn't wonder...
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
I don't think the personal doctor's qualified for vagina installation...
AAaviator
AAaviator 0
It's probably easier than the Addadicktome procedure.
mhumphreys
More pressure than the standard check-ride.
I am happy that he had the opportunity to see his child in her selected career, doing what she loves and was trained for. The pride and exhilaration that he felt had to be one of his greatest experiences since the young lady entered the world. Glad that AA gave them the opportunity. Imagine their hands on the throttles during take-off
JENNYJET
Two qualified pilots rostered together, two pilots that trust each other to do their jobs according to their licences with only the job in hand upon their minds.

Just what exactly is the problem with having a familial connection within the flight crew if they manage their jobs according to regulatory contrictures?

Furthermore, just why is this a story that excites the somewhat smaller minds of the media? I am very disappointed by this forum upon this matter.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Some companies embrace nepotism in the cockpit, and some don't. I welcome it, but understand the other views that are against it. There would be a problem when family act like family and not like a crew.
JENNYJET
Hello Thrustt, I admit your point whilst referring to those wonderful 'ICE PILOT'S' of the television series that is broadcast upon Cable here in UK. That is a family doing business where trying to recruit foment outwith the environment within which they operate is almost impossible.

I was not decrying nepotism nor either supporting it, I have no issues with such things, all I ask as someone riding inside the cabin is that the chaps with the hands upon the big stick up front know what to with it if things go wobbly and can get me down to collect my bags!
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
It's known as a "human interest" story, Jennifer. Sometimes the media recognizes that the public enjoys and appreciates a story that's warm and fuzzy as opposed to sensationalism.
RECOR10
RECOR10 -1

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